The display of Faith and Culture of Cebuanos.
Pictures credit to the official Facebook fanpage of Sinulog.
Sinulog is an annual celebration on the third Sunday of January. It is known as one of the biggest festival in the Philippines. A dance ritual to honor the miraculous image of Sr. Sto. Niño for the bountiful blessings that Cebuanos experienced. One of the highlights of the celebration is the street dancing wherein all contingents performed to the tune of drums, trumpets and native gongs. The word Sinulog derived from the word sulog which means “like water current movement” which resembles to the forward-backward dance steps.
The participation of catholics and non-catholics in this festival multiplied the numbers of people into thousandths all the way either from foreign land and from local provinces. Several routes were closed for the street dancing. The Basilica was always full with believers and non-believers.
When I first attended the mass for Sinulog and everyone heartily sang the “gozos“, it really touches my soul like I was trembling inside with so much affection and desire to praise Him. Visions of abundance and guidance that our God gave me and still giving me keeps rushing on my mind. It is like a thanksgiving day for me, a draining of negative thoughts as I embraced His word. As the mass ended, it is evident in everyone’s smiling face that we are filled with spirit.