Posted by aBEE M. on 2/12/2011 01:01:00 AM in Only in the Philippines
I have decided to add a new topic to my blog, and it is exactly what the title imposes. ONLY IN THE PHILIPPINES ... These are events, things, people, customs and everything else that you can find, only in the Philippines. There are many unique customs and events here in my country that may either leave you in awe or shock you to the very core and I want to share every single one with you starting with Sinulog.
Sinulog is an event celebrated every third Sunday of January as the feast of
|The Altar at|
Although the event is often celebrated with blue skies and sunshine (thanks to the prayers of the Carmelite Sisters and a handful donation of eggs) this year, was not as lucky (which people state: "the government forgot to donate the eggs") as evidenced by the sudden downpour of rain for the whole week. But, Rain or Shine, people donned their trusty umbrellas and celebrated anyway.
My Family and I started the celebration with the procession, which happened on Saturday (the day before Sinulog) The rain was horrible at that time. The streets were flooded and even though people were half-soaked, we eventually reached the end feeling light hearted (on my part, it felt like all my sins were lifted from my shoulder... Thank God) Sunday came, we started the day with Mass, and then strutted off to the main road to join in with the dancing. As always, the participants never fail to surprise me. Every year, they come up with the coolest costumes, floats and props. These are some of the pictures I took for Sinulog 2011.
|I love the whole Beehive idea|
|Dancer Bees carrying their flower prop|
|a picture of one of the festival queens|
|One of the Contingents|
|love the costumes: its like a cross between Spanish and the Natives|
|Winner of the Float Competition: IPI. They had the whole Avatar thing going on.|
|like I said, RAIN or shine...|
Although the parade is only for one day, it doesn't mean, Sinulog is only celebrated on this particular day. It starts 2-3 weeks before this parade. I'm talking about Cebu Night Life parties with local bands performing, Mr. & Ms. Cebu Competitions, Barbecue in the streets, singing contests, Sinulog dance competitions and many more. Sinulog is definitely one of the events you shouldn't miss. It blends culture, tradition and beliefs. Truly, Only in the Philippines.
For more information about the history, events, participants and anything about Sinulog, visit http://www.sinulog.ph/