0a2edaf7b2 Though largely overshadowed by the Pope’s visit in Manila and Tacloban and having experienced overcast weather caused by tropical storm Amang, Cebu’s grandest festival – Sinulog, still beckoned an estimate of 2.5 million spectators, affirming how highly revered the celebration is for the Cebuanos.

5a2bda1a0d70c9ac682c6a1fdde8e0f2 During the most-awaited street parade last Sunday, January 18, people gathered early on the 5-kilometer parade routes. Getting shoved and shoving other spectators were part of the festival experience. For almost seven hours, I perpetually chased the contingents – evading the policemen and crowd control staff to snap some photos since I was not sporting the hefty-prized photographer’s ID.
A riot of colors – from contingents wearing wide-smiles and dazzling costumes, to higantes (giant paper mache effigies) and beautifully designed floats – clad the streets. Overall, 134 group joined the 35th Sinulog Street Parade. As usual, the celebrities received the loudest applause; but the charming Mommy D, boxing champ Manny Pacquiao’s mother, was undeniably the crowd favorite!

 

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