Sinulog 2013

Written By: Neilvert Noval - Jan• 24•13

Article Category: Travel

Sinulog is always an exciting event. An event that several tourist visit the Queen City of the South: Cebu, Philippines to watch this momentous event held once a year.

(Wait! What is Sinulog? Read here first: Sinulog: One Of Cebu’s Grandest Celebration)






This time around, the grand celebration was blessed with a good weather. According to the reports, this is the first time in 10 years that it didn’t rain during the Sinulog grand parade.

Sinulog 2013 is the 33rd Sinulog Festival in honor to Sr. Santo Niño.
The Grand Parade officially starts at 9:00 am. Contingents from different places joins the Sinulog. In fact, there were 40 contingents all in all. 8 of which came from places outside Cebu.

According to the report, an estimate of 40 million people will watch this year.

Spectators have their own way of watching Sinulog. Some watch from their building:

Sinulog 2013

But majority wants to have a closer look at the performers:





Sinulog 2013

Either way, everyone is enjoying the whole parade and dance.

People are really into Sinulog mode. They place temporary tattoos with a tribal artwork to fit for Sinulog.

Sinulog 2013





Others painted their hairs like the one shown below:

Sinulog 2013

Sinulog contingents walked at the center of the streets:

Sinulog 2013

Colorful costumes amazes the people. This is what Sinulog festival afterall.

Sinulog 2013

The white guy from the above photo inspects for any audience blocking the way.

Each contingent has it’s own music and dance. The photo below shows one contingent bringing their percussions:

Sinulog 2013

And here comes another contingent:

Sinulog 2013

If any one of you visit Sinulog, you’ll be amaze at how creative these people are.

And here comes another one. Wait! This one looks familiar:

Sinulog 2013






Even the legendary Darth Vader is here! Everyone, ready your light sabers!

And here’s another one coming. This time with less clothing:

Sinulog 2013

And somebody picked one to dance:

Sinulog 2013

Here comes another. This one has a message to all:

Sinulog 2013

Let me show you the front so you can see the message:

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Aside from that, there are also what they call a ‘Float Category’ in Sinulog. (I hope I got the ‘float’ spelling right.) This category shows contingents bringing their creative transported floats. The picture below shows a mecha-themed vehicle:

Sinulog 2013

With a mecha driver:

Sinulog 2013

Actually it’s unusual to see mecha-themed in Sinulog.

Now for the next performer:

Sinulog 2013

And more are coming in:

Sinulog 2013

Sinulog 2013

In every  Sinulog contingent, there’s always a front performer who carries the image of Sto. Niño. They termed it the contingent’s Sinulog queen like the one shown below:

Sinulog 2013

More coming through:

Sinulog 2013

Sinulog 2013

Sinulog 2013

The picture below shows another float. This time carrying the image of Sr. Sto.Niño:

Sinulog 2013

Another float that portrays a library:

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Another category in Sinulog is the Higante category. Higante means ‘giant’ in Cebuano language. The picture below shows an example:

Sinulog 2013

Sinulog 2013

Here’s another colorful competitor:

Sinulog 2013

Sinulog 2013

Sinulog 2013

The contingents shown in the photo above actually won the first place for the Street Dancing Category.

It’s getting dark as the sun began to set. And yet more contingents are coming. Didn’t I mention that they started at 9am?

Sinulog 2013

More Higante Category coming in:

Sinulog 2013

Elvis shown below actually won the first place in Higante Category:

Sinulog 2013

It actually bends down, trying to shake hands with the people.

And, night comes yet more contingents passes through:

Sinulog 2013

Sinulog 2013

Lots of contingents are coming in. Not to mention party on the street side. Some spectators already getting out to find some dinner.

Then walk several meters to watch fireworks:

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fireworks 2013

fireworks 2013

fireworks 2013

fireworks 2013

fireworks 2013

fireworks 2013

fireworks 2013

fireworks 2013

fireworks 2013

It’s a wonderful experience. I am inviting you to watch Sinulog every 3rd Sunday of January. See you on my next Sinulog post next year.

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