and this was how my sinulog 2011 fared…not so much to brag about but defintiley it was for fun times and good vibes. (the feeling of a ‘balikbayan’ haha)
and there he is…i always yearn for you my best friend…my brother…my savior.
w/ my fellow local balikbayan at the center (bejec), the idol ex photo bud (rj) and the assistant to the balikbayan at the center/ umbrella boy (noel) haha!
the ALL access pass sans the vest…
rhian and solen…indeed one of the festival’s prettiest faces.
and yes we are cousins…. when my dad’s town represented Lanao del Norte at the festival. thanks gov. dimaporo for the info.
the walk on sinulog friday
the curse of the san mig light…hays…
w/ the umbrella boy at the parade route. 70% of the time i was vanity shooting lolz.
the P.A. first time to be part of a short film production. and i kinda like it. will definitely be present for next year (hopefully artista na lol)
After the festive yet solemn fluvial parade, the religious activities on Saturday, the day before the grand Mardigras doesn’t just stop there. the devotees composed by Cebuanos (lumads) and the non-cebuanos (usually called as mga ‘dayo’) alike now shall troop into the main procession route around the basilica to take part in one of the country’s well attended solemn procession.
image courtesy of http://www.sinulog.ph/index.php/route/
year after year, the number (consistently in millions) continue to increase as young generations as (young as toddlers being brought by their parents) brave the ever changing January weather just to take part in this religious gathering. for the past 3 consecutive processions it has been a wet one but this doesnt dampen the spirits of the pious devotees of the Holy Child to join this religious event.
a 2011 solemn procession photo by Paolo Sanchez
the 2011 edition was not spared from the rains and the dark clouds. in fact it has yet to be the ‘wetest’ (forgive me for putting up an wrong term) based on experience. all the while a lot of the people were worried that the heavy rains and the flooding in the main streets would stop the procession. yet, of course no wonder, the undying faith of the millions of attendees and the undying love of each one for the Holy Child proved that even flood waters cant stop them from professing their faith and love to the Holy Child. everybody was soaking wet but everybody welcomed it. no issues. no complains.
do not forget also the overwhelming power that the ‘Batobalani’ song carries all through out the procession as the faithful waves in unison everytime this is sung in the entire procession. this is a perfect testament of the unity of all the devotees for the Holy Child. indeed such an event must be considered as a miracle.
photos taken during my very first attendance of the fluvial parade. i was still using my A610 powershot digicam since i dont have my SLR yet during that time.
Another of Sinulog’s goose-flesh worthy event is the fluvial parade celebrated on the dawn of the 3rd Saturday of January just before the re-enactment of the Christianization of the Philippines that is held at the Basilica and the holy procession. this has been a tradition that the Holy Child visits His parents before the grand fiesta celebration. first, he leaves Basilica to visit his step father St, Joseph at the St. Joseph’s parish in the nearby city of Mandaue. He stays there for a night. throngs of devotees would usually follow the Holy Child in this journey and have a vigil at the parish. by day break He would now fetch His mother in Mactan Island at the City of Lapu Lapu (Our Lady of the Rule). This is where the fluvial parade takes place.
it is both a very solemn and a very festive moment all rolled up into one with the faithful in fervent prayer and at the same time fireworks, drum beats,sirens and horns from ships are heard and seen. add to the revelry the private planes and helicopters from the Armed Forces of the Philippines throwing confetti and flowers to the parade. and do not forget the millions of devotees on both ends (Cebu city and Lapu Lapu city) lining up on the shores eager to take a glimpse of the Holy Child being drifted around the Mactan channel. even the old bridge is not spared from these devotees.
more photos from my fellow Sundae Shutter ALDO NELBERT BANAYNAL: