The dancer with the Sto Nino figure.

Cebu’s Sinulog Festival 2013 Grand Parade : A Photo Blog

This dancer really caught my attention. Aside from her being pretty, the way she danced and held the Sto Nino sculpture blew me away.

This dancer really caught my attention. Aside from her being pretty, the way she danced and held the Sto Nino sculpture blew me away.

These kids are just lovely to look at.

These kids are just lovely to look at.

And boy you are doing it good. Keep it up!

And boy you are doing it good. Keep it up!

I’ve been here in Cebu for more than 3 years and never did I experience watching the Sinulog Grand Parade for the past 3 years. This time, I decided to try and surpass the madding crowd just to watch the grand parade.

January 20, 2013 Sunday as early as 5AM the time I got off from work, people already started to fill the area of Fuente Osmena Circle. I could already see the dancers from different places prepping for the mardi gras and floats which were ready to showcase the grand parade. I still had to go to work at 8PM that night. I got around 3-4 hours of sleep and by 10AM I walked straight ahead the Osmena Boulevard to see the colorful grand parade.

Forcing oneself in a madding crowd is just natural especially if you intend to see the Sinulog Grand Parade. I had my own share of how I did that. I went there alone and I basically went there just to capture photos of the grand parade and show them on my blog. There were a lot of photographers who got access on the center street. (Photographers who registered and paid PhP 1000.00 for the Sinulog Photo Contest got IDs and had access to any activities of Sinulog Festival) I, having no access, had to stand on the side street just to get a good shoot. But as time went by, I was able to get into the center street without being caught by the security guards. A lot of them did it anyway. lol

I felt the heat of the sun slowly burning my skin while I enjoyed taking pictures. Sinulog Festival is indeed a colorful and an extravagant celebration for Sto. Nino devotees in Cebu City. It was a 3 hour activity for me and by 1PM I decided to go home. I had to work at 8PM thus I had to get enough sleep.

So these are photos I captured. Hope you like it. Just click on the picture if you like to enlarge it.

Balloons for sale.

Balloons for sale.

The crowd in Fuente Osmena Circle during the Sinulog 2013 Grand Parade.

The crowd in Fuente Osmena Circle during the Sinulog 2013 Grand Parade.

The yellow contingent.

The yellow contingent.

Each dance is not complete with out the drum and bugle corps who are doing the Sinulog beat.

Each dance is not complete with out the drum and bugle corps who are do the Sinulog beat.

Tourists love to see this. Ya know, group of lovely kids with colorful costume dancing on the street.

Tourists love to see this. Ya know, group of lovely kids with colorful costumes dancing on the street.

This dancer was a feast to the photographers.

This dancer was a feast to the eye of the photographers.

The gorgeous professionals of Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center on a float attract the crowd.

The gorgeous professionals of Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center attract the crowd.

Michele's Wine float

Michele’s Wine float

Higantes portraying the characters of Mary and Joseph.

Higantes portraying the characters of Mary and Joseph.

Orange and red dancers are still attractive even watching them at the back.

Orange and red dancers are still attractive even watching them at the back.

Mojitos' float

Mojitos’ float

Smart Communications' float.

Smart Communications’ float.

The models. I do not know if these are famous actors or not.

The models. I do not know if they are famous actors or not.

Oh yeah. Keep it up kids.

Oh yeah. Keep it up kids.

Let's hold each others hand and dance. haha

Let’s hold each others hand and dance. haha

I wonder what will they do with the prop at their back. Will they form a flower?

I wonder what they will do with theirs prop on their back. Will they use to form a flower?

Drum and Bugle Corps. Everyone of them wears sun glasses.

Drum and Bugle Corps. Everyone of them wears sun glasses.

Props for the street dancing.

Props for the street dancing.

Fairy looking dancer holding the Sto Nino figure.

Fairy looking dancer holding the Sto Nino figure.

Another contingent came in violet dress. This makes the event more colorful.

Another contingent came in violet dress. This makes the event more colorful.

Rose Pharmacy's rainbow float.

Rose Pharmacy’s rainbow float.

The crowd cheered when the group did this step.

The crowd cheered when the group did this step.

Oh yeah. He totally did the steps and nailed it. haha

Oh yeah. He totally did the steps and nailed it. haha

BPO company Stream float. This company gave hats by throwing them to the crowd.

BPO company Stream float. This company gave hats by throwing them to the crowd.

GMA Network float. The crowd went topsy turvy when this float passed by maybe because of the famous local actors present on the float. There was Bong Revilla Jr.

GMA Network float. The crowd went topsy turvy when this float passed by maybe because of the famous local actors present on the float. There was Bong Revilla Jr.

Is she Rhian Ramos? Correct me if I am wrong.

Is she Rhian Ramos? Correct me if I am wrong.

I do not know this actor but maybe the crowd knows. A lot asked an autograph from him. Seriously, who is he?

I do not know this actor but maybe the crowd knows. A lot asked an autograph from him. Seriously, who is he?

This girl knows how to face the camera. Isn't she?

This girl knows how to face the camera. Isn’t she?

I like the performance of this group.

I like the performance of this group.

The dancer with the Sto Nino figure.

The dancer with the Sto Nino figure.

This group definitely knows how to use their props. Stunner!

This group definitely knows how to use their props. Stunner!

She is really pretty. Do you know her?

She is really pretty. Do you know her?

She was a feast to the eye of the photographers. She is amazing.

She was a feast to the eye of the photographers. She is amazing.

I believe the group interpreted the life of the sea in their dance.

I believe the group interpreted the life of the sea in their dance.

This group interpreted the Negritos who worship Sto. Nino, the child Jesus of the Catholics

This group interpreted the Negritos who worship Sto. Nino, the child Jesus of the Catholics

Beauties of Mutya ng Pilipinas graced the Sinulog Grand Parade.

Beauties of Mutya ng Pilipinas graced the Sinulog Grand Parade.

All our eyes went to this lady as she carried the Sto. Nino and danced it through the middle of the street.

All our eyes went to this lady as she carried the Sto. Nino and danced it through the middle of the street.

Accenture Cebu employees ready to do the Accenture beat for Sinulog.

Accenture Cebu employees ready to do the Accenture beat for Sinulog.

I just like how this gentleman perfectly blends to his costume. He is like one of the supporting actors of the defunct TV series Mulawin.

I just like how the face of this gentleman perfectly blends with his costume. He is like one of the supporting actors of the defunct TV series Mulawin.

Smiling contest. It is More Fun in the Philippines. lol

Smiling contest. It is More Fun in the Philippines. lol

This innocent kid was just curious how the xylophone creates sound.

This innocent kid was just curious how to play the xylophone.

UP Pep Squad did their jaw dropping formation in Osmena Blvd as part of Accenture Sinulog Beat.

UP Pep Squad did their jaw dropping formation in Osmena Blvd as part of Accenture Sinulog Beat.

Another group of kids on the street dancing.

Another group of kids on the street dancing.

Float.

Float.

I AM NIKON float.

I AM NIKON float.

This dancer took a short rest and smiled when she learned that my camera faced her direction.

This dancer took a short rest and smiled when she learned that my camera faced her direction.

So those are all the pictures I can share. Thanks for dropping by.

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