MY 2ND SINULOG

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MY 2ND SINULOG

The third Sunday of January is one of the most festive days in a year that I commit myself to attend to.  I have to leave Manila on a late Saturday afternoon flight since I have work commitments in the morning.  Rest-deprived, the festivity commences immediately as soon as I disembarked from the plane.

The beat of the drums as a form of welcome is contagious that even non-dancers make movements along with their own unrestricted steps.  The airport is filled with tourists and local residents in their homecoming.  A festive mood it is.

CEBU’S ORIGINAL LECHON BELLY

Traffic is congested at the main thoroughfare of Cebu City.  A religious procession is ongoing.  Fortunately, we were set for dinner at the new extension of Cebu’s Original Lechon Belly branch at the Parkmall of Mandaue City. 

There’s no better way to start the Sinulog experience than to feast on the famed lechon belly originating from the province of Cebu.  By-products as cuisine are equally delectable in the likes of crispy dinuguan, lechon paksiw, and the newest addition to the best sellers – spicy lechon sinigang. 

MY 2ND SINULOG

MY 2ND SINULOG

MY 2ND SINULOG

MY 2ND SINULOG

The lechon sinigang has the perfect combination of sour and savory taste without the tamarind overpowering its flavor.  I actually don’t eat spicy lechon if there’s a choice for a regular one.  But the spicy lechon mixed in sinigang complements well.

MY 2ND SINULOG

It was a good night to catch up with one another, since we are based on different provinces and this is one rare occasion that we are gathered in one dining table. We were joined also by our friend, Mr. Marlon Gochan, the owner and innovator of the lechon belly.

MY 2ND SINULOG

The extension of Cebu’ Original Lechon Belly at the second floor of the Parkmall is actually spacious and a highly recommended place to dine upon arriving at Cebu.  It is also open 24 hours that it may serve as rendezvous for whatever time of the day and especially to those who wants to cure a hangover from a night’s drinking spree and needs a sinigang fix or even lechon belly for an early breakfast.

The dinner was one satisfying and full one.  Dining at Cebu’s Original Lechon Belly is indeed a good start on how to celebrate the Sinulog festivities, especially for those bound by time constraints such as myself.

STREET PARADE


The Grand Parade is the main highlight of the Sinulog Festival.  It starts at around 9AM but a lot of spectators converge and go the main streets as early as 6AM for a better vantage.  I have learned my lesson well from last years’ experience, and so, I decided to be quite late and we headed direct to Fuente Circle and position ourselves like how we wanted it to be.

MY 2ND SINULOG

I want to have a more relaxed way of coverage.  At times, I would go inside the nearest mall for the air-conditioning and eat at the food court while my companions continue the photo shoot.

The usual routine of taking photos of varied festival queens and respective contingent street dancers, the colorful floats, puppets and merry makers then commence. 

MY 2ND SINULOG

MY 2ND SINULOG

MY 2ND SINULOG

MY 2ND SINULOG

MY 2ND SINULOG

MY 2ND SINULOG

MY 2ND SINULOG

The parade is interrupted at lunch time and so spectators are allowed to take photos of the participants up close.  We just have to respect and give them time to eat as it is no easy feat to be dancing and smiling the whole day around the main thoroughfare of Cebu City where the parade route is.

As the parade resumes after lunch, we decided to go home and prepare ourselves for the most awaited night – the street parties.

MY 2ND SINULOG

STREET PARTIES

Baseline is every party-goer’s rendezvous, visiting Cebu City for the Sinulog Festival.  It is situated at Juana Osmena Street but more popularly called the Baseline. We have planned to be positioned at the Century Plaza Hotel compound.


Stampede is the name of the game.  It was a challenge going to the venue with the shoving and aggressiveness of the crowd. But we all managed anyway and the party started as early as before the sun sets.  Sunset came and all are intoxicated.

It was one fun party at the streets.  Without exemption, holi powder of varied colors and water-based paints landed on each one’s shirt and faces.  It was a form of merry-making that everyone was a sport.


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