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Sinulog 2012

The display of Faith and Culture of Cebuanos.

Devotees at Basilica Minore del Santo Niño - Cebu

Dancers dancing to the tune of drums and gongs

Dancers in their colorful costumes

Viva Pit Señor!

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.

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Summer Adventure Part II

I couldn’t put all my experiences in just one post that’s why I made the part II.  The time that we already woke up, it’s already 6 pm and we’re heading again to the market looking for carenderia (that means small restaurant). We’ve had roasted chicken, oh I forgot to mention that we had buco as our dessert for lunch, so refreshing. Fresh from the coconut tree, delivered straight to our cabin.  Then at night, we stayed outside, feeling and breathing the fresh air.  Joem and me jogged around the beach resort, then had few shots of tequila with my officemates and ex-officemates. My officemate Ramon made a bonfire.

Bonfire

Bonfire

Bonfire

Ramon, Me and Joem

Then I woke up at 5:00 am and made a noise to wake up everyone. I had hard time waking up  Joem, he’s really a bed lover (hehehe), a nocturnal type of person. Lazy at day time, active at night. Then I asked Sindi to come with me to the beach side, and watched the sunshine. We both love to stroll and doesn’t want to miss every bit of excitement of the trip and explore the place.  Barefoot we walked on the sand and feel the coldness of the sea.  We appreciated the fine sea bed, we could clearly see the sand under the water.

Lovely Sunshine

Lovely Sunshine

Lovely Sunshine

Lovely Sunshine

Sunshine

Sunshine

We saw a starfish and held for our pictorials, I love this picture.

After we took our breakfast, we all went to Bantayan Proper, in their super market and bought some dried fish.  At exactly 12:30 we checked out from the resort and headed back to Cebu City. Home sweet home.

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Summer Adventure

I had a happy weekend which is so much refreshing, away from work and close to nature.  Come with me as I’ll take you on my trip.

I woke up early in the morning at 1:00 am to prepare for my things and headed to North Bus Terminal at exactly 2:30 am. It was such a great adventure to reminisce, I haven’t been in Bantayan Island and the excitement I felt at that moment was not that really intense, I’m not the beach type person. I don’t know how to swim but it didn’t stop the adventurous side of me. I love the feeling of being close to our mother nature. It was 3 hours travel by bus and when we reached Hagnaya Port, it’s already 6:00 am.

Taken from Hagnaya Port

Taken from Hagnaya Port

It’s really good to see the sunrise. Then we bought our boat tickets which cost 170 pesos, at exactly 6:30 we departed from Hagnaya going to Bantayan Island by Roro boat.

Roro Boat

I was pretty slacked by the trip, actually almost all of us. I just had 1 hour sleep the other night. One of my officemates was so asleep on the boat, ignoring the other passengers and just comfortably hid on the chair as if he was in his room.  Almost all of us was taking a nap for that one hour trip.

Bantayan Island

This one was taken from the Roro boat, I was already awake and couldn’t sleep when I saw that white outline of sands and green trees, we’re nearly docking.  I love the smell of the sultry air, the smell of the rust metals of the boat, and from that picture afar draws an image of peace and tranquility on that land. So here I am seeking peace, avoiding the noisy streets of the city and busy work.

Bantayan Island

Shoreline

Shoreline

See the place! Everything was well paid by seeing that place alone.  So peaceful, I heard the chirp of the bird on our balcony, the sound of the leaves that sways with the breeze.

We already made a reservation before we came there, we had a transportation service from Kota Beach Resort waiting for us at the pier, at around 8:30 am we reach the resort. Seems like everyone wants to hit the hay, but not as early as that. We went to the nearest market and ate. At around 12:00 noon, we were already heading to the beach for our island hopping. We rented a boat for 1,000 pesos and went snorkeling (as if i know how to snorkel, hehehe).   Well, it’s a lot of fun, we’ve seen the nearest islands nearest to Bantayan, including Virgin Island and Hilantagaan Island.

Virgin Island

This Island is privately own by a foreigner as what the tourist guide said.

That’s me, wearing white t-shirt, at the back is my friend’s boyfriend Jhong. Totally crystal clear water that’s really inviting, even to someone like me. I love to feel it and taste it. Though I kept always on the edge of the wood, holding while watching the fishes, freely swimming.  After our tour silence can be heard in our room, everyone was asleep.

This is part of the day 1 adventure.