Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Cebu--your gateway to a thousand journeys! (a feature on Cebu & Sinulog 2011)


Sinulog 2011! Pit Senyor!
 For starters, I love Cebu for its small city charm. And despite its smallness, it has a distinct cosmopolitan flavor to it. The discovery started at the end of my last year's journey to some of Asia's mega cities. It is small enough to drive anywhere in less than 20 minutes (of course, rush hour excluded) yet big enough to enjoy the comforts and lifestyle of a big city. Its character, aside from its birthright as center of The Philippines and therefore, built around as the gateway to all the other islands, it also has a rich history tucked in the bowels of Colon (pun intended)--the oldest street in the country.

Each January, the city streets of the oldest city in The Philippines explode with energy the color green between gold and red--from streetdancers' costumes and floats, to buntings to streamers. And the streets pulsate with a disarming festival verve. And by far, call me patronizing but the experience comes close second to none in the archipelago's 7,107 islands!

The list of things to do in Cebu is endless, so let us train our microscope to the BIG day which is set each third Sunday of January. For the uninitiated, here goes, pop your Sinulog cherries: as early as 6am, the main drag is already closed to vehicles. So the whole stretch of Osmena Boulevard (formerly Jones Avenue) winding toward Gen. Maxilom Avenue (formerly Mango Avenue) is one veritable festival junkie's paradise--body paint, henna tattoo, food stalls and what-not and everyone is in festival mood! Strangers greet each other Pit Senyor! with smiles painted on their faces.

Way before lunchtime, from a good distance, the thunder of drums and thud of floats signal the start of the streetdancing contest. And it never stops until past 8 in the evening and, thus far, never stops rain or shine.

Cebu is The Queen City of the South for a hundred and one reasons. So, after a good headstart that is Sinulog, tell me what you dig, baby!


Sinulog | in analog SLR mode
FACTOID: Sinulog is a dance ritual in honor of the miraculous image of the Santo Niño. The dance moves two steps forward and one step backward to the sound of the drums. This resembles the current (Sulog) of what was then known as Cebu's Pahina River. Thus, in Cebuano, they say it's Sinulog.

More than just the meaning of the word is the significance of the dance. Historians now say that Sinulog,which is of pagan origin is the link between the country's pagan past and its Christian present. Lets trace it's history.

Historical accounts say that before Portuguese navigator came to Cebu on April 7,1521 to plant the cross on its shore and claim the country for the King of Spain, Sinulog was already danced by the natives in honor of their wooden idols and anitos.

Historians now say that during the 44 years between the coming of Magellan and Legaspi, the natives continued to dance the Sinulog. These time, however, they danced it no longer to worship their native idols but a sign of reverence to the Santo Niño, which is now enshrined at the San Agustin Church (renamed Basilica Minore del Santo Niño).


Here now is the complete (and UPDATED) schedule of Sinulog 2011
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Sinulog 2011 | Schedule of Activities

(Fuente Osmena, January 2-31, 2011)
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Dec 01 – Jan 31, 2011 Sinulog Street Fair, Osmeña Blvd.
January 2, 2011 (Sunday) Sinulog Fun Run
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January 06, 2011 (Thursday) Opening Salvo: Walk with Jesus
4:00 AM Assembly Time (Area) Fuente Osmeña
4:30 AM Start of Walk-Fuente Osmeña Blvd. – Basilica del Sto. Niño
5:30 AM Installation of Hermano & Hermana Mayores 2011
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January 07, 2011 (Friday) Sinulog 2011 Kick Off
Sinulog Photo Exhibits through the years @SM City Cebu, Ayala Center Cebu, MCIAA
2:00PM Solemn Mass (Basilica del Sto. Niño)
3:00 PM Launching Parade (Basilica del Sto. Niño to Cebu City Sports Center)
7:00 PM Opening and Launching Program, Fuente Osmeña featuring Mandaue City Children’s Choir, Dancesports Team Cebu and Dance Troupes from Cebu’s schools and universities
7:30 PM Ms. Cebu 2011 Presentation, Fuente Osmeña
8:00 PM Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña Circle)
9:00 PM Street Party Bands
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January 8, 2011 (Saturday) Sinulog sa Kabataan – Lalawigan
1:00 PM Parade of Participants, Capitol Site to Cebu City Sports Center
2:00 PM Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan, Cebu City Sports Center
4:30 PM Awarding of Winners
6:30 PM Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña) DepEd, Cebu Province
8:00 PM Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña Circle)
9:30 PM Concert @ the Fuente O , Street Party Bands
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January 9, 2011 (Sunday) Sinulog sa Kabataan- Dakbayan
4:00 AM Cebu City 2011 Marathon – www.cebumarathon.com
1:00 PM Parade of Participants, Plaza Independencia to Cebu City Sports Center
2:00 PM Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Dakbayan, Cebu City Sports Center
4:30 PM Awarding of Winners
6:30 PM Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña) University of San Carlos
8:00 PM Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña Circle)
9:00 PM Concert @ the Fuente O, Street Party Bands
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January 10, 2011 (Monday)
6:30 PM Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña) University of Cebu
8:00 PM Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña Circle)
9:00 PM Concert @ the Fuente O , Street Party Bands
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January 11, 2011 (Tuesday)
7:30 PM Cultural show (Fuente Osmeña) University of San Jose-Recoletos and Cebu Institute of Technology
8:00 PM Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña Circle)
9:00 PM Concert @ the Fuente O , Street Party Bands
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January 12, 2011 (Wednesday)
9:00 AM Airport Welcome (Balikbayan Flights)
6:30 PM Cultural Shows (Fuente Osmeña) University of Southern Philippines-Foundation and Salazar College of Science and Institute of Technology
7:00 PM Ms. Cebu 2011 Coronation Night, Waterfront Lahug Hotel
8:00 PM Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña Circle)
9:00 PM Concert @ the Fuente O , Street Party Bands
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January 13, 2011 (Thursday)
9:00 AM Airport Welcome (Balikbayan Flights)
10 AM – 3:00 PM Photo Shoot Sinulog Festival Queen , SM City Entertainment Plaza
7:00 PM Sinulog Festival Queen Parade of Costumes @ SM Northwing Lobby
6:30 PM Cultural Shows (Fuente Osmeña) Cebu City Division
6:00 PM Balik Cebu, Welcome Party @ Ayala Center Cebu
8:00 PM Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña Circle)
8:00 PM Handumanan @ Ayala Terraces
9:00 PM Concert @ the Fuente O , Street Party Bands
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January 14, 2011 (Friday) Visual Merchandising Contest (Dept. Stores and Malls)
4:00 AM Walk with Mary (Area) Fuente Osmeña-Sto. Niño
7:00 AM Misa de Translacion (Motorcade)
9:00 AM Solidarity Meeting (All Competing Contingent /Floats / Higante / Puppteers) @ Cebu City Sports Center Gym
6:30 PM Cultural Shows (Fuente Osmeña) (Cebu Normal University, Abellana National High School and Asian College of Technology
7:30 P.M Cebu Popular Music Festival, Cebu Coliseum
7:30 P.M Sinulog Festival Queen 2011, Cebu City Sports Center
8:00 PM Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña Circle)
9:00 PM Concert @ the Fuente O , Street Party Bands
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January 15, 2011 (Saturday)
6:00 AM Fluvial Procession of the Miraculous Image of Sto. Niño
8:00 AM Vibration and Big Bike Rally by Vmax Owners Group
9:00 AM Re-enactment of the Baptism of Queen Juana and Rajah Humabon Basilica del Sto. Niño
2:00 PM Solemn Procession of the Miraculous Image of Sto. Niño
7:00 PM Sinulog Fireworks Competition @ SM City Cebu
7:00 PM Street party @ Fuente Osmeña and Plaza Independencia
8:00 PM Gala – Passionata a Cultural Heritage Celebration in Honor of Sto. Niño de Cebu @ SM Cinema I
8:00 PM Kasadya Nite Mardi Gras @ Ayala Center Cebu
8:00 PM Handumanan Concert, USP-F Theater for the Performing Arts
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January 16, 2011 (Sunday) SINULOG GRAND PARADE
4:00 AM Mañanita Mass @Basilica del Sto. Niño
6:00 AM Pontifical mass with His Eminence Ricardo J. Cardinal Vidal
9:00 AM Sinulog Grand Parade Carousel Kick Off
7:00 PM Grand Fireworks, Cebu City Sports Center
7:30 PM Street Party Bands, Fuente Osmeña
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January 17, 2011 (Monday)
1:00 PM Awarding Ceremonies, Cebu City Sports Center
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January 21, 2011 (Friday) “HUBO”
4:00 AM “HUBO Mass” Ritual @ Basilica del Sto. Niño
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January 29, 2011 (Saturday)
1:00 P.M Awarding Ceremonies Photo Contest and Video Documentary Contest / Sinulog Short Film Festival
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January 31 – Feb. 10, 2011 Photo Exhibits “Winning Photos Sinulog ‘10 @SM City Cebu
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For more information: Contact The Sinulog Foundation Office at 253700, 2545010, telefax 4164548

 

 
In Cebu, as we always say...
Pit Senyor!

See you on the street!

1 comment:

  1. I been living here in Cebu for almost 1 year.I really love this place. They have a lots of place here that you could visit especially the Ayala Center Cebu. This is one of the best place that you need to visit it has a mall if you want shopping,a terraces where there is so many restaurants that you could visit.

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