I love Philippine Festivals, there’s no doubt about it. I have seen the country’s most colorful and lively festival , the Sinulog celebrated since 1980 is one of my favorite it represents the link of the country’s embrace of Christian faith, It also showcases the traditions and culture of Cebu and every Filipino as it reminds us of significant events that happened in the past and helps us to treasure and remember them.
The good thing I like about Sinulog is that it is that one time of the year when every ethnicity and culture that makes up Cebu and other neighboring provinces are given an opportunity to showcase their traditions , cultural heritage in their own interpretation through their heroes, food, dress, way of living, and traditional music and dancing.
On the third weekend of January each year, hundreds of thousands of people converge on the streets of Cebu to watch and participate in the annual parade celebrating the Filipino people’s pagan origin, and their acceptance of Christianity . The parade officially starts at 8:30, it is important to take a place early before the rest of the crowd make their way.
Each and every contingent rose to the challenge. Festival tribes delivered excellent and convincing presentations. Tribu Lumad Basakanon of San Nicolas, Basak Emerged as Champion for the free-interpretation category and street dancing competition while Culturang Placereno Dance Troupe of Placer, Masbate wins Sinulog based category and Crowned as the Sinulog Festival Queen 2014 besting 10 other contestants is the Lead Dancer Christine Jael Abellanosa from Tribu Tinubdan sa Kauswagan of Tuburan Cebu
Sinulog gives us beautiful memories it reminds us of all the great people, our religion, the victories, the loses and basically our history it help us to honor the past and teach us lessons too. So festivals are to be celebrated with peace, happiness and joy. It only proves that Filipino culture is still celebrated and that the Filipino people unite together as one nation.