Yet again, Cebu’s grandest festival, the SINULOG has rocked Cebu (and the whole country as well for being the mother of all festivals) and i didnt stop myself to experience how amazing this festivity is.
2012 will be the second ‘laid back’ sinulog for me as i tried to stay away from the ‘limelight’ and enjoy the revelry on the sidelines just like what usual Cebuanos do. plus the fact that i didnt have a camera charger w/ me (this deserves a separate blog), i saw the whole festivity coming from the outside and i am loving it more that way.
so here’s how my Sinulog 2012 experience went:
Jan 12, 2012 thursday – the arrival
every balikbayan and tourist’s Sinulog experience starts from his/her arrival at the airport. sa Tarmac pa lang sayawan na!
there wasnt much hustle on my thursday night. it was time well spent with family through the novena mass in the basilica followed by dinner in Ayala.
January 13, Friday Nights …onwards.
Probably this year’s Sinulog became one of the best as few of my relatives from the states surprised us when they came home for the celebration.
it was also the first time for me to actually go on board an acoustic session…kapalmuks!
after the mini reunion , its time to experience the much celebrated Sinulog Friday nights with my backstage boys brothers. ITpark, Penthouse and Alchology were the places to be.
January 14 – Fluvial Parade, Solemn Procession and Sabado nights
with barely 2 hours of sleep and an already acidic stomach, i had to rush back to the city to witness the fluvial procession. by this time i was already feeling the fatigue so i had to go to dad’s office to get some sleep and meet again the relatives and prepare for the afternoon’s solemn procession. we had lunch at the office and decided to go on our separate ways as i had already said yes to my BFF’s Gino and Jane to go with them during the procession- its already a tradition for the 3 of us.
since i didnt have my cam with me, i had to settle with my phone cam to capture images during the solemn procession
my saturday had to end again in the city’s happening places. it started w/ jamming at patio ecila with elmer shox and chai apale’s friends, a few second stint at the penthouse and quite a poignant farewell drinking session w/ a friend in Mango as he was about to leave for Singapore the monday after. no photos kasi medyo seryoso naging usapan lol.
January 15, Sunday … Viva Pit Senyor!
by sunday morning, i really felt i was a few pounds lighter. ‘murag naglutaw’ in bisaya as i have not slept at all since saturday night. my day started with the Accenture Pep Rally where one of my dreams finally came true as i met the FEU pep squad – one of the country’s best cheer squads (frustrated cheerdancer kaya to). after i had lunch w/ Gino, Jane and their officemates. a little after lunch time i met up with a friend to stroll around the parade route (para naman magka sense ang photo contest ID ko). by this time i brought w/ me my cam in high hopes (even if i knew it wont) that it would turn on and display even a single battery bar so at least i could take a few shots. by some stroke of luck (but i call it miracle), when i opened it, it displayed a full bar! i was so extatic on that day that i was able to take 200 shots more. that was more than enough for the unexpectant me. my cam died down while taking fireworks shots but i was already all good that night so no issues.
some shots i got during the grand mardi gras
here’s to end a grand celebration…party party!! thanks to Henry and friends for adopting me.
January 16, 2012, Monday…borlogs and Mom’s rant.
stayed at home until around 2 pm, had to listen though w/ mom’s never ending rants on having enough time to rest and sleep. went to dad’s office to bum around. printed return ticket (made sure i had one hehe) and went to Parkmall for grocery. slept at 9PM very early after a looong time.
January 17, 2012, Tuesday, back to sad reality.
6am flight back to Manila, remembered how the weekend rocked. remembered how i cried when i saw the Holy Child, remembered how i thanked Him when he passed by us during the procession, remembered how happy i was w/ the people i were with. remembered how i missed Cebu, my home.