And to complete a tradition I’ve created some four years ago, and which I have been following till this year: I bring you the Sinulog 2011 Grand Mardi Gras pictures!
I started the morning by attending the first mass in the Basilica Minore del Sto. Nino. The whole place was crowded and people were armed with their umbrellas and their balloons with attached prayers. What I liked about this mass was that most of the people who attended the mass are really loyal devotees. Contrary to the modern mass where it’s noisier and people don’t seem to listen to the priest, this mass had attendees with all eyes and ears towards the priest. You could feel the solemnity as everyone sang “Bato Balani”. Sinulog once again reminds us all of the devotion to the Sto. Nino. VIVA PIT SENYOR!
Right after the mass I dropped by KFC as I munched on a quick breakfast before walking through the whole route (I kinda missed one last part, the one heading downtown from Imus). I was able to reach somewhere near St. Peter’s memorial before I started walking back to Mango around 8 am. After having gone through the route I was able to realize one thing. This year’s contingents had better choreography, better costumes and a very beautiful Chinese oriented theme. This year’s Sinulog I felt at home with the theme.
There were a lot of things that I was able to see that time and I’d like to give special mention to Surigao, with their Lubi offering and Gold costumes, you caught my attention so early in the morning. I also liked so many of the other contingents like the one from Negros Occidental, Daanbantayan (but damn ruthless security with NO RESPECT AT ALL, tsk tsk) and Leyte’s Buyogs. You guys all did a wonderful job!
The whole day was very very wet! Taking pictures of Sinulog 2011 was a huge challenge for me. I also had the opportunity to walk through the ocean of mud with Edd. Sus, the janitor in Ayala glared at me. Hehe. Thankfully I came prepared with my scarfs and umbrella (which I need to replace as it leaked on me o_0)
I’m also glad I ran into Nowieh who kept me company this year’s Sinulog. That means this year I wasn’t lonely. :-p THANK YOU NOWIEH!
I’d also like to thank the Peehgs: Doyzkie, Nayk, and Edd for the fun time for the whole day. I became a “peehg” for one day.
Fireworks were awesome but I didn’t get to shoot. I blame Shake and Jarel for all the jokes and “trick” questions. LOL
I can’t wait again for next year as every year I seem to be more and more prepared for whatever will come my way. The most important thing is I will always remember that this festival I dedicate to our God who came in a most innocent and meek form: a child.
Viva Pit Senyor! Viva Viva!
More Sinulog 2011 pictures here: