French Mum, humanitarian, restless explorer and doer on sabbatical in Cebu (Philippines): one Attila in each arm, I am exploring the “toddlers safe” corners of the region, while trying to keep some room for Me.
Another great thing Filipinos do better: Parties!
Heart thumping drums and trumpets, breath taking parades, bright an colourful costumes and massive heat : welcome to Sinulog, the most awaited Cebuano grand street parade !
A bit of history (thanks Wikipedia): On April 15, 1521, the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan arrived and planted the cross on the shores of Cebu, claiming the territory for Spain. He presented the image of the child Jesus, the Rajah Humabon. Hara Humamay (or Amihan in some versions) was later named, Queen Juana in honour of Juana, mother of Carlos I. Along with the rulers of the island, some 800 natives were also baptized to the Roman Catholic Church. At the moment of receiving the holy image, it was said that Queen Juana danced with joy bearing this image of the child Jesus. With the other natives following her example, this moment was regarded as the first Sinulog. With the other natives following her example, this moment was regarded as the first Sinulog.
More here about the origins and the meanings of the festival. Now follow the pilgrims and the dancers, pack litres of water and shout “Pit Señor!” (“Pit Señor” is the short form of “Sangpit sa Señor,” a phrase in Cebuano that means, “to call, ask, and plead to the king” – shouting petitions and thanksgiving to the Santo Niño ). And because we are in the Philippines, have fun!
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