Looking through my photos folder on my home PC, I realized that I have not blogged about any of the Sinulog Festivals I have been to. Considering Sinulog 2009 was the 3rd trip I had gone on a after turning into The Lakwatsero (right after my trips to Taal in December 2008 and Pinatubo in early January 2009). The trips predate my blog. While the 2009 SInulog is explainable, I am not even sure why I never posted on the 2010 Sinulog.
As the 2011 Sinulog is now underway, I think in honor of the anniversary of my two trips in years past I should do this post. I am not going to Sinulog this year. Next week I am going to Kalibo for the Ati-Atihan which happens at the same time as Sinulog in Cebu.
The Sinulog Festival is an annual festival which takes place in Cebu in honor of the Sto. Niño. It lasts from 9 days and ends on the third Sunday of January. For two years, I have attended the concluding ceremonies on the final Sunday which is the parade through the streets of Cebu.
[ For more info on the Festival itself, read up on this article from WikiPilipinas. ]
With me on this trip was Dru Leonardo, Kent Macatangay, and Jasper Jugan…
… and our hosts and guides, George and Dana Parilla
George was able to get us these special Photographer’s IDs which allowed us to navigate through the streets outside the barriers and through the street dancers.
We started with breakfast at Larsian… then proceeded to the parade…
This being my first festival, I was just fascinated by the color and the energy of the performances.
Here we realized that the shade of Jasper’s shirt blended in with this group!
We made our way into the grandstand where we watched a number of performances before going back into the street again.
Personally… this is one of the cutest groups to perform…
we then when back to the streets…
While a photographer myself, I would have to say one of the more annoying sights during the Festival were the number of Photographers who seem to overpower the festival. For my part, I try to be unobtrusive… I stay by the side… not to get in the way. But then again, I realized my efforts were all for naught as all the photographers battled to get their best shots by bullying their way and positioning themselves when the could. Naturally, if you were a passive photog, you would get some annoying one step in front of you without the courtesy of an “excuse me.” Sigh…
While on watching the show from the grandstand, we did some cam-whoring using the Sony Cybershot…
While George, from ground level was taking us…
SInulog 2009 was a fun experience for me. It was my first Lakwatsero Festival, and again, on my third Lakwatsa out.
Excited from the 2009 Sinulog, I came back the next year. This time meeting up with George and Dana Parilla with colleagues Bong Rollan and Louie Castaneda.
As we did the year before, we had our breakfast at my favorite BBQ place… Larsian.
From Larsian, we proceeded to walk to the parade route where we caught up with the groups already on performance mode…
Somewhere along the way to the grandstand, we had to weed through the dense crowds. Then a mishap occurred. We were squeezing our way through when I felt some hands on my shorts pockets… resulting in the theft of my phone from my left pocket. My wallet was in my right pocket, but luckily the bulk of my wallet kept it from slipping out easily. Louie was victimized as well.
Once I realized what had happened So before proceeding, I borrowed Bong’s phone and called Globe to report it stolen.
As a result of this incident… I bought a pair of shorts which I now wear for festivals like this… all the pockets have buttons.
Despite the pick-pocket incident, I still had fun. This time, I had to skip out earlier than everyone else and proceed to the airport for my trip home.
Last year, while at SInulog, I hadn’t realized that the Ati-Atihan was going on at the same time in Kalibo. As such, I will be missing the Sinulog Festivities this year.