Saturday, January 23, 2010

Viva Pit Señor!

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Last Sunday was the 3oth anniversary of the Sinulog Mardi Gras. The Sinulog is an annual festival celebrated by Cebuanos in honor of the child Jesus, the Sto. Niño, whose image was brought in by Magellan during the 16th century as a gift of friendship to Queen Juana and Rajah Humabon. I hope I got my facts right or my history teacher is gonna kill me. LOL.
The morning started with a drizzle so me and the boy intentionally went to the parade route past lunch coz we were too lazy to get our asses off from bed on a rainy and cozy Sunday.tehehe But the Sto. Niño must have heard the collective prayers of the devotees because the sun went up during noon. Sinulog always means that all major roads are closed for the day so we had no choice but to walk under the scorching and need I say BITING heat of the sun. Walking during Sinulog is always fun though because the streets are so alive with drum beats, cheers, and colorful buntings scattered everywhere. We were only half an hour observing the different street dance contingents when it started to drizzle again so we were forced to retreat to the nearest shed which was already jampacked with drenched spectators. Our company annually joins the Sinulog float competition so when the float got near the shed, we decided to join in the parade as delegates.The drizzle turned into a heavy downpour but that never stopped us from dancing and celebrating. I was nursing a cough days before the parade but that day I simply didn't care.
We then proceeded to Ayala mall to witness the grand fireworks display as finale of the day.I have missed the fireworks for three consecutive years already so even if my boyfriend incessantly asked me that we should eat dinner first before we see it, I declined for fear that I might miss it again for the fourth time. So we waited 2 1/2 hours squatting in the strategic area of the parking lot before the fireworks came off at around 10:30 p.m.But oh my, it did not disappoint. The best ever!
By then, we were already too hungry but all restaurants were full so we had to wait another half an hour to be seated. I don't know why were feeling antisocial that night so we capped off the day with a few drinks, just the two of us, and sang along to some freddie mercury and eraserhead songs played by a live band. The street party was still so much alive at 3:30 am when we got home. I awoke at 9:30 am to a throbbing pain in my throat; I missed my work and felt very sick. But I got no regrets because it was one of the best Sinulog of my life ever!

We weren't able to shoot a lot of the street dancers this time around. But to give you an idea of the festivities, I am posting here our shots of the mardi gras last year. tehehe

Hope you enjoy them!

photos below were taken by the boyfriend. :)

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22 comments:

augustalolita said...

amazing photos!!

iamhaidrofilik said...

thank you.:) the boyfriend took them. thanks for dropping by my blog. :)

Eden said...

hiya there, discovered your blog through denise k's and i'm glad to discover another Cebu fashion blog! yay nagkadaghan nata:) wow the pictures are fantastic! lucky you, you got to be out pag sinulog. your boyf is an awesome lensman:)

btw, hope you could pop in my site as i've got this giveaway for us in the PI.:)

love the shots, and hope to see you around Cebu soon!

<3
eden
http://chicinthetropics.blogspot.com

betz said...

these photos are soooo breathtaking. i really wanna visit Cebu in Sinulog. someday!

xx,
betz
http://herarmoire.blogspot.com

iamhaidrofilik said...

@eden: thank you! i'll be glad to visit a cebu style blog. :) been wanting to read a fashion blog from a cebuano perspective. :)

iamhaidrofilik said...

@ betz: you should, it's a must! tehehe you will really have a beautiful experience. :)

Denise said...

AHAamazing photos. Am in love with Cebu. Hope to go there this year.

love your chain headband.

you have a great blog. Seriously i love it.

I am Denise Katipunera

Noelle Chantal said...

just stumble on your blog! yes, it's really nice to see another Fil. blogger!

anyway, i love love all the Sinulog photos! and same here, i hope i can visit Cebu by next year. destination? BEACH!! i'm a huge fan of ocean. hehe

beautiful shots!! :)

iamhaidrofilik said...

@denise: hey, thank you! i love reading your blog too. especially with your stories on your thrifted stuffs. cool. :)

Jeje said...
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Jeje said...

Anyways, your photos are awesome! Sinulog sounds really fun and I hope I can go to Cebu and watch some festivities. :)

http://studdedbliss.blogspot.com

Gizelle said...

yey! another cebuana style blogger..
love your photos..and your outfits too!

and, we went to the same school? wow!
did u take up engineering too? or one of those stylish people of cafa?

would love to exchange links..
gizellefaye.blogspot.com

Eden said...

your pictures offer a really nice perspective of cebu. i wish i had time to get out more and take pictures like these! suya ko!:)

btw do drop by for my giveaway!

<3
eden
http://chicinthetropics.blogspot.com

Lilee▲ said...

wow i love these! agh awesome sunnies!

iamhaidrofilik said...

aww thanks for dropping by my blog. :)

Gizelle said...

hala, we're both engineering girls WISHING to be up there in CAFA..hehehe.

hey, i'm putting up ur link on my blog..hope u cud do the same. :D

gizellefaye.blogspot.com

The F Word Online said...

omg these photos ! absolutely breath taking. i had to scroll thru them twice cause i loved them so much. i'm linking your blog k? so i can stop by more often :)

xx lue

Velire said...

Happy Sinulog! well rather i know its kinda late but its okay..hehehehe..

thanks for stopping by and im now following ya! :) hehehe cause i adore your blog. The thrift finds are aghh "envy" hehehe plus your last post, such a cute dress! :D

great pictures by you & your boyfie! :)

Marcella said...

These photos are so fun and full of life, looked like an amazing event!

cameraholic said...

Wow. those photos are just amazing. What camera and lens do you use?

Raisa
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HeadOverHeelz said...

Hi, thanks for dropping by my blog. These pics are so breathtaking, i wish i have a pro photographer as u.

I am Khatu said...

again, amazing photos!