Sinulog 2018 Grand Parade Competition
I’ve always been a fan of Festivals, specially the ones we celebrate in the Philippines, Where’s there’s an abundance of color, rhythmic drum beats to hear and feel, plus the unending energy of thousands of people around you who are all hungry for visual spectacle.
This and much more I fortunately witnessed at the most recent Sinulog Festival in the Queen City of the South – Cebu. People of all ages and walks of life came together in this beautiful City in the Philippines to thank Senyor Sto. Niño for all the graces and bounty of life.
Of course, I didn’t want to miss the chance to see all of the contingents for the annual Grand Parade Competition, where cultural/educational/performing groups from all over Cebu will sing, dance, and jump to beat and chants of their own band.
Here are the five contingents who won in the Sinulog-based category:
Carcar City Division
Talisay City Central School
Municipality of Tuburan
From start to finish, all competing groups gave their very best to bag the Championship title, and I didn’t see a single group who failed to entertain and wow the huge audience. That’s a very good sign, which means no one is getting bored, and everyone is focused on the performances at the stage.
Sinulog is the ritual prayer-dance honoring Señor Santo Niño or the Child Jesus. An image of the Child Jesus is said to be the baptismal gift the Portuguese conquistador Ferdinand Magellan gave Hara Amihan (Humanay) of Zebu (now Cebu) in April 1521. – Wiki
I hope this annual tradition will live on forever, so the future generation wouldn’t miss out on this amazing festival in Cebu City.