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February 7, 2011 / iselgarcia

I Survived the Sinulog!

It was pretty much a spontaneous thing. My sister and roomie D was being sent to Cebu for work on the weekend of the Sinulog and I had nothing better to do. So, I called the first person I could think of who liked spontaneous trips and booked two tickets to Mactan.

B and I didn’t exactly know what to expect when we boarded our plane. The yearly Sinulog Festival is usually dubbed as the Philippines’ version of a Mardi Gras– and it was our first. Bringing not much else but an adventurous disposition and a point and shoot camera, we woke up bright and early on a Sunday morning and braved the crazy throng of people (think crowd of thousands and the possibility of a stampede floating constantly in your mind) into our first Sinulog experience. 

Nothing could have prepared us for what we saw, heard and experienced. Dancing “natives” bearing the Sto. Nino (Christ Child) statue. Floats of dancing women in skimpy clothes. Rain. Thousands of people pushing against you. Mud-soaked legs and feet. Colorful costumes. Men carrying a python several feet long. Cotton candy carts. Masks. But I’ll stop here. Let the pictures tell you the story.   

Location: Cebu City, Philippines

Event: Sinulog Festival 2011

When: January 16, 2011

Pick a mask and be someone entirely different. At least for a day.

Viva Pit Senor! The show goes on– rain or shine.

For a while there, I wondered if I got lost in a Cosplay event. Maybe the natives dressed like this at one point? Teehee.

I survived this crowd. That achievement is enough for me.  

If you’re a partyphile, you would be happy to know that a whole street in the heart of the city (Mango Avenue) becomes Party Lane the night of the Sinulog. Think random people grabbing you and slathering paint all over your face, makeshift beer bongs, pulsing music, street dancing, feasting on roasted suckling pig (lechon!), beer-spraying and loud greetings of “Viva, Pit Senor!” Drunken cheers to the Christ Child? Wild, if I may say so myself.


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