Tagged with " Sinulog Festival"
Jan 8, 2012 - Festivals    No Comments

Experience the Grand Celebration of Sinulog Festival

Images of the picturesque Sinulog Festival backfire to cognizance of my quickened steps as a small child of ten, the time we entered the Basilica gates of Cebu and paid decent sum for the candle pedlar’s revered chanting and dancing in solo: A lighted candle raised and waved above her as we faded along with hundreds of devotees still on their way in a long line to see the image of child Jesus encased in a glass housing. Recently, I unearthed some facts over an online travel guide that the dance ritual memorialize the “Cebuano people’s pagan root and their acceptation of Roman Catholicism.” I once thought of those parades and processions or those heavy lines of the devout as plain attractors drawing people closer to the developing tourism of the city, only to dig up historical and religious significance that makes up of its grandeur and reputation to be among the visited and most colorful festivals celebrated in the Philippine Islands.

Sinulog Festival

Sinulog Festival—Photo courtesy of Sinulog_Festival on flickr

The word Sinulog originates from a Cebuano adverb “sulog” which means “water current movement,” describes the forward-backward motion of the Sinulog dance. I recall the candle vendors then, with clarity now that theirs was a way to preserve tradition too, tracing back origins of pagan accounts, the time when the aforementioned dance steps was a way to please the Anitos (icon of worship). Read more »

Apr 4, 2011 - Cebu    1 Comment

Cebu: A Perfect Holiday Destination

Cebu City is a getaway destination which is about an hour air travel from Manila. It’s found in an island in central Philippines with Cebu City as its capital. The stretched island is thin with a few miniature islands off-shore. Its international airport is located on the flat island of Mactan. An island separated from the main land mass by the narrow Mactan strait. Cebu city is one of the prominent centers for commerce and infrastructure in the Visayas and Mindanao region of the country. Because of this and other key aspects that Cebu City was given the well deserved moniker Queen City of the South.

Shangri-la Mactan

Shangri-la Mactan -- Photo courtesy of seansabado on flickr

For tourists local and foreign, Cebu offers many travel destinations. One primary historical and religious marker is the “Magellan’s Cross” which was named after Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese born explorer who arrived in Cebu in the early 1500s. Pieces of the original cross are believed to be encased in the present spot. Across the street from the downtown marker is the Sto. Niño Basilica. It used to be the only Catholic Basilica in East Asia. The basilica houses the celebrated “Santo Niño” the patron saint of the Cebuanos. Another historical site downtown in Cebu is the Fort San Pedro, the remains of the Spanish military fortification that still stands today as a tourist site. Read more »