The Sinulog Festival has various interpretations all over the country but all are generic for the Sto Niño festivities. Cebu City’s version is the biggest and the most famous among them.The two main activities include the fluvial procession on Saturday and the massive street parade the next day. Sinulog is exciting, vibrant and alive with colors. Sinulog dance is fast paced with constant feet movements and coordinated bouncing and swaying. Thousands of spectators troop to the streets yearly to join in the revelry.
The weather wasn't fully cooperative during this year's Sinulog.
It rained in the afternoon but it didn't stop the crowd. While I'm writing this blog, my feet still hurt from walking as I had been in the streets from 8 in the morning till 5 in the afternoon but I would not complain because what I've just been through was priceless fun and adventure.
Dance to the beat!
The Sinulog is definitely a field day for photography enthusiasts. Photographers were all over the place that day. I tailed behind the group of foreign and local press photographers to be able to get into the cordoned areas where photographers without Sinulog IDs are disallowed. I managed to get inside the parade area and had the chance to take as much photos as I could with just 2 digital cams in hand, staying beside professional photographers with various high tech gadgets. Did that intimidate me? No. That was a perfect moment for me to recall Mandy Navasero's e-mail to me saying that a point and shoot is okay.
'It is the brain that takes the pictures.' Mandy Navasero is a famous professional photographer in the Philippines. Ted332 is just a simple travbuddy.:) I had a blast taking pictures while walking, dancing, smiling, and shouting with the crowd & dancers. Being an amateur photographer with lots to be learned, some of the shots didn’t come out well as I expected due to the function limitations of the digital camera as compared to SLR. How I wish I brought SLR for this occasion. You cannot get the desired shots with the digicam when the dancers move swiftly while changing to various group formations. That was one of the best chances for photography work and art. The press photographers were having a grand time flowing with the crowd & dancers while they work with their lenses.
To all those TB friends who requested and encouraged me to post pictures of the Sinulog Festival, I hope you enjoy this photo blog that I wish to share to everyone. Your photography technique & skill suggestions will be most welcome. Happy travels to all!