I’ve been living in Cebu for over a year now, but I’ve never once experienced Sinulog…until this week. I resolved to change my non-Sinulog partying ways this 2015. After all, everyone is raving about it being one of the biggest festivals in the country!
I knew it was going to get messy. I knew it was going to get crazy. I knew it was raved about as the biggest party in the country.
But, boy, no amount of partying prepared me for the actual event.
As a prologue to the actual event, Cebu Blogging Community coordinated with GMA 7 – Cebu Regional Center for the coverage of the event. Well, there’s so much going on in just one day – and so many people – it’s easy to see why even the largest media outlets in the country need all the help they could get with the Sinulog coverage.
Our role as bloggers is to cover as much of the event in the perspective of actual live spectators, which was relatively easy considering how often we document so much of our lives with just the right internet connection. Covering the Sinulog would be easy…if we could just find our way around the crazily busy streets.
Armed with just my GoPro Hero 4 and my handy-dandy phone (an Xperia Z1), Rufela and I tried to conquer (or at the very least, safely pass through) the streets of Mango and Fuente. The once easy-to-walk-around-in area is literally filled up with sooooo many people!
The walk around the streets literally took hours. With all the pushing and shoving, it’s a wonder we still managed to keep our sanity and our safety!
We even managed to take photos of the Sinulog queens
We even made some new friends along the way.
The walk was long, tiring, sweaty, and arduous, but we finally made it to Viva Cafe and Tapas where most of the couchsurfers in Cebu are hanging out and partying!
The day finally ended with paints on our faces (painted on by random strangers on the street) and even on our clothes! When in Siinulog, wear the shirt you’re more than okay with getting all messy.
I was finally reunited with my sister and her friends. The cellular phone signals are unreliable during Sinulog since almost everyone is using their phones to document everything and, by everyone, I mean EVERYONE! Imagine having thousands and thousands of people partying in one venue! These people aren’t just from Cebu! They’re from each and every part of the Philippines!!!
Wheen we finally got home at 2AM, we decided to do an after-Sinulog shoot…only, one simple photo wasn’t enough…
In the end, we had so much fun we couldn’t talk (what with all the noise and the screaming) or walk properly the next day (I think my legs died a bit after walking for so long).
As such, let me end this post with the best photo from our shoot: