We as a Filipino, we known as a religious christian. We had a lot of culture, traditions or believing in any saints. We adore and celebrate it in every patron in every fiesta of it. Even though we don’t have enough money for the foods or etc. We still find ways just to celebrate it traditionally.
This is my first time that i celebrate the sinulog festival in Cebu. I was so amaze in this kind of celebration, because you can see how people devoted to their patron. You can feel the love and effort that they give for the fiesta of Senior Sto. Niño.
As for me, whom not a Lumad Cebuano. It is my first time to Celebrate Sinulog. One of the most grandest, most distinguished and colorful fiesta here in Philippines. It is held every 3rd Sunday of January. It is very popular to the tourist who visit here in Cebu just to see and to feel on how dedicated the Cebuano is, on how strong the faith that they feel to their patron “Senior Sto. Niño”.
I witnessed this all. On how they permanently stay the celebration traditionally. The celebration traditionally lasts for 9th days when Sinulog Grand Parade reveals. Even from the start of celebration the people partly joined until the end. The day before the parade, the Fluvial Procession, a water-parade, held at dawn from the Mandaue City wharf to Cebu City wharf with the Senior Santo Niño carried on a pump boat decorated with hundreds of flowers and candles.
The procession ends at the Basilica where a re-enactment of the Christianizing of Cebu follows. In the afternoon, a more formal procession takes place along the major streets of the city, which last for hours due to large crowd participating in the religious event. People in the church did not go home because they want to celebrate this festival together with the Senior Sto Nino.
There are so many people at that time, they close the road, because of many people attended the procession, and also the fluvial parade or parade. All people was so busy at that time. Some of them attended the mass, some of them busy of taking care of their businesses, and some are enjoying watching the sinulog dance parade. We had an individual or different experiences during that time.
As for me at that night on the Sinulog Festival, I was enjoying watching the fireworks display at Ayala, and after that, we went to Basilca Minore del Santo Niño, the home of Senior Sto Nino. Many people wait for that moment because, their fireworks display was so beautiful.
The Sinulog Festival is one of the greatest festival in the Philippines, that’s why I am so lucky that I saw them all, how they celebrate the Sinulog festival. It was so amazing, that all presentation went good, and all the contestant were doing their best for this program.
This is one of my memorable year, because this year is my first time to celebrate the sinulog festival together with the Cebuanos, because, i grow up in Leyte, and i came here in Cebu, because I was studying here.
Now I know that it’s more fun in the Philippines, and I’m very proud of being a Filipino. And someday. hope so that I can see also the other tradition in every island in the Philippines. I want to travel in every place, because I know that this country is so wonderful, full of love, full of joy, and full of adventure. I want to explore in my own, because I’m proud that I am part of this wonderful place, the Philippines. I will truly treasure it.