The last time I saw the parade was when I was on my way to the street parties. I was much younger then and the booze and free concerts seem more attractive to me than other aspects of the festival. I have avoided the Sinulog festival for years because of the thought of having to walk home since major roads will be blocked and being able to move in a crowd only when the person next to you moves. However, this time I had to endure all that and my good friend has invited me to attend the mass at the basilica and watch the parade.
The festival may be misunderstood by most people. It's supposed to be centered on the feast of the child Jesus and the parade demonstrates the introduction of Catholicism into the Cebuano culture which dates back to the arrival of the Spanish to Philippines shores. Today, they take advantage of the festival to boost tourism which is not really a bad idea. But to the faithful, the important parts of the festival includes the procession which happens a day before the festival and the Sinulog mass which happens every third Sunday of the January.
I have tried my best to capture sights of the festival. I didn't have extra cash to spare for the photo contest so that means I wouldn't be able to stand freely on the streets to take photos. A combination of standing in the wrong spot and having just an average height has resulted to photos I never planned taking. Nevertheless, I had a different perspective of this year's Sinulog. Aside from the faithful devotees, we have thirsty dancers, tired children, oversized crowds, red umbrellas and a few inconsiderate photographers who didn't bother to step out of the middle of the parade after they're done shooting. I had to crop what I could. So here's the Sinulog festival through my eyes: