Monday, January 18, 2010

Viva Pit Senyor!

















It had been 6 years since my last Sinulog, so It was about time for me to head home to experience the spectacle all over again. For those who don't know, Sinulog is the yearly festival here in Cebu City, a week long event ending with a parade through the city, dancers in colorful outfits and the sound of drums thundering throughout the city, fireworks and endless parties.. all in the name of the Santo Nino. Thousands of tourists, foreign and local come to witness the Cebuanos in their dedication to their catholic faith.. and it is an absolute must see, and best way to enjoy the city I was born in.

I started off at noon by hitting the streets and instantly being swallowed whole by the massive crowds.. I was planning on staying on the road to take photos of every float and group of dancers passing, but shortly after I started, I spotted my friends on the M. Lhuillier float, and decided to join them instead.. turned out, it was the right decision. The streets were packed and we had the best view from the top. Vodka and juice made sure we wouldn't die of thirst in the glaring sun and we had fun swapping headdresses and party hats and dancing all over the float throwing M. Lhuillier merchandise onto the streets for people to catch. I also got to meet Lou Bega of Mambo #5 fame and his beautiful wife.. At some point the rain came down and soaked us all to the bone, but that didn't dampen our spirits and we kept dancing all the way to the end of the route.. I was supposed to go straight home after fighting my way through the crowds but ended up at another joint to see more friends and down more beer before I stumbled back to the restaurant to finally grab dinner and then shower all off all the grime and snuggle up to my warm bed.

Yesterday I suffered the consequences from my long weekend.. I had the craziest stomach cramps.. drinking on an empty stomach is a no-no! But it was all so worth it.

wearing TopShop tee, Billabong shorts

PS: Amongst all the celebration, I would still like to remind everyone to keep praying for the people of Haiti, their loved ones and those who are still trapped in the rubble and suffering. Please keep them in your hearts. Pick a charity, and donate.

12 comments:

Bub said...

AHHHH it looks sooo pretty!
x

Denise said...

great photos.

you're gorgeousness dane with the cool headdress.

Oh Haiti....




I am Denise Katipunera

Mom Daughter Style said...

great photos. love all those colors.

praying for people of Haiti.

battered couture said...

tell me you took that golden headpiece home...

as for Haiti, I'm helping with the pharmacists of the world since mom has a pharmacy. and hoping that at least the chaos will subside.

Velire said...

I thought at first it was Ati-Atihan then I was like, i dont think its celebrated on this month..hahaha..My friend went to Sinulog too & she had the most amazing time..Im beginning to think, I want to visit Cebu now. :D

Good to know you had an amazing time, it shows in the pics. :)

Praying for Haiti, people need to do what they can to help. :)

¶ Michelle said...

Again, I missed the Sinulog =( alright definitely next year!

Raleene said...

Cool, you were on the M.Lhuillier float? I was on the IPI float! lol. Surprised I didn't see you in Vudu :)

My whole body is aching til now but as what u said, IT WAS ALL WORTH IT!

Hope u enjoyed Sinulog as much as I did! Can't wait for next year's!

Jen said...

So many vivid, vibrant colours. Your nails, the headdresses, the backdrop. Amazing.

Faridah said...

Great post. The photos are beautiful. And so are you with that pretty silver headband!

Allie said...

FUN!

"A little bit of you makes me your man" ;)

betz said...

Oh, I really wanna visit Cebu during Sinulog. How festive! The colors and the smiles perfects the feast. You look so pretty. As always!

xx,
betz
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geisharock said...

it looks so vibrant and beautiful. oh my gosh you met lou bega!! i LOVE mambo number 5 hahahaha xxxx