Cant wait for Sinulog! These are a few of the pictures I have taken last January 3, 2009 at Osmena Blvd - Rotonda.
Here is a little bit of information about the Sinulog Celebration:
*Sinulog Festival is a nine-day traditional celebration in honor of Sto. Nino. The Sinulog Mardi Gras is held every third (3rd) Sunday of January. It is celebrated by a very long parade with different representations of the Sto. Nino, complete with props, colorful costumes, body paint, henna tattoo as they dance to the rhythm of drums and native gons
*Sinulog is now one of the grandest, most colorful, most distinguished celebration in the Philippines, where contestants come from different companies and schools from different places in the Philippines.
*'Sinulog' comes from the Cebuano adverb sulog ('sug') which is "like water current movement," which proficiently describes the forward-backward movement of the Sinulog dance.
*The day before the parade, the Fluvial Procession is held at dawn with a statue of the Santo Niño carried on a pump boat from Mandaue City to Cebu City, decked with hundreds of flowers and candles. The procession ends at the Basilica where a re-enactment of the Christianizing (that is, the acceptance of Roman Catholicism) of Cebu is performed. In the afternoon, a more solemn procession takes place along the major streets of the city, which last for hours due to large crowd participating in the event. It is noted that excessive alcohol consumption is commonly observed at this event.On the feast day at the Basilica del Santo Niño church, a Pontifical Mass is celebrated by the Cardinal with the assistance of several bishops of Cebu. Most devotees go to the Basilica to attend the mass before heading out to the streets to watch the parade.
Hahaha! Love these 2 picz!!.