PHOTOS: Colors of Sinulog 2013
MANILA, Philippines - Cries of “Pit Señor!” reverberated through the streets of Cebu City last January 19 to 20 as Cebuanos and visitors from all over the country and abroad celebrated the Sinulog Festival.
These same streets transformed themselves overnight from a vehicle thoroughfare to the scene of a very, very big party. Establishments put up their own sound systems blaring the “Sinulog song,” hip-hop tunes and the ubiquitous “Gangnam Style.”
Stalls sold feathered masks and headdresses, meandering vendors carried an arm-load of bottled water and woven fans, crowds of thousands pushed their way to the side of the road, awaiting the parade of floats and costumed dancers under the glare of the sun.
In the meantime, street parties were already cooking up in some parts of the city. Youths clad in a variety of Sinulog shirts smeared each other with paint, sprayed the crowd with beer (while the rest chugged them down), whistled to their hearts’ content, and held each other’s hands lest the seething, churning crowd swallows them whole.
A legion of photographers invaded the parade route, eager to capture the best of the street dancers dressed in glittering costumes, bearing painted shields, following their resplendent Reyna Juana cradling the Santo Niño, for whom the city cries “Pit Señor!” short for “Sangpit señor,” a call of praise, thanksgiving, and supplication.