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Sinulog 2020 before the Lockdown start

As I grew-up in Tondo, Manila and in 28 years of my life I only experience the Sto. Nino Festival or Fiesta in Tondo and Pandacan. Being in a Sinulog Festival in Cebu is a dream come true for me. My family and together with my best friends experience this once in a lifetime activity of the Saint we adored.

We still blessed to experience the joy of this festival. We witnessed on how you would feel the happiness while watching the parade or procession even you were perspiring to squeeze in a lot of crowds. Many celebrities join the Sinulog parade to promote their upcoming movies or tv programs and this is your chance to be a big fan girl/boy. You can join the street parties too while watching the Grand Street Parade, just dance wherever you are with the beat of Sinulog song or parade song besides nobody will know who you are. Enjoy while it lasts ๐Ÿ™‚ The only tip I can give if you will attend this kind of celebration is bring some food and drinks in your bag as most of the restaurant were full. But do not forget to enjoy the food in Cebu like lechon. You can watch the fireworks at night or have some hennah tattoo. And wear your comfortable dress and shoes. I am hoping that after this pandemic of Covid19, we still experience this kind of tradition in our country. Next in my bucket list is the Ati-atihan and Dinagyang Festival.

You already in a province with beautiful tourist spot and beaches therefore after you join the Sinulog you can also enjoy their beaches and have sightseeing.

Some of us are wondering how this festival started in Cebu and why it is quite famous in our country. It’s a part of Philippine history when Spain first colonize our country. And of course because of tourism and religion purpose.

This minor Basilica of the Holy Child of Cebu was founded 456 years ago by Father Andres de Urdaneta and Father Diego de Herrera. It is the oldest Roman Catholic Church in the country. It was built because they found the image of Santo Nino de Cebu during the expedition of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi in that place where the church located. This image is the same one given by the famous world explorer Ferdinand Magellan to Rajah Humabon upon the birth of Christianity in the country and christening of his family on April 24, 1521.

When the holy image was handed over to Queen Juana, the wife of Rajah Humabon, it was said that she danced with joy holding this image of the Child Jesus. Then the other locals of Cebu followed her example and this event was the first Sinulog dance. And the dance step of Sinulog was choreographed by Baladhay, Rajah Humabon’s adviser. He was dancing the movements of the river that’s why there is a two-steps forward and one-step backward. And they are shouting while dancing because they were tickling by baby Jesus.

Sinulog comes from Cebuano word “SULOG’ means like water current movement or river movement.

Below are some of the pictures I took from the Grand Street Parade of Sinulog Festival last year.

For this Year 2021, the Cebu City government and the Basilica Minore Del Sto. Niรฑo De Cebu encourage everyone to attend mass and novena virtually or online. And expecting the devotees to cooperate and have some discipline to prevent the spread of the virus.

Some of the links that will help us to know and join the Virtual Sinulog Novena, Mass and Festival are below for your reference.

https://www.facebook.com/BMSNCebu https://santoninodecebubasilica.org/

And to those who will miss the noise, sounds, songs, colorful props, costume and dress of the people who join the Sinulog parade, here is the video I saw in youtube. All credits are to the rightful owner of this video / pictures.

Viva Pit Senior Sto. Nino!!!

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A Little Faith with a Big Leap

Every Catholic Filipino is holding on some thing to hope for a better year. And every January aside from Nuestro Senior Nazareno, we are adoring this little boy Jesus to give us more blessings.

Sto Nino Jesus, how it become a symbol of hope and joy for us? It was started 500 years ago when Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese explorer who worked for Spain and had an expedition to circumnavigate the world in search of spices and expand their Spanish territory. They reached our country on March 16, 1521. They celebrated the first Catholic mass on Limasawa Island in Leyte on March 31, 1521. And when they went to Cebu Island, where He put a big cross which is the famous “Magellan’s Cross” and gifted the Filipino native or Rajah’s with Sto. Nino image as a symbol of peace.

From this time, Sto. Nino is the most recognizable religious image, you can see it every where from the Filipino catholic houses, churches and to the marketplace. Almost Filipinos from Luzon, Visayas and MIndanao celebrate the Sto Nino Festival in every 3rd week of January such us Sinulog Festival in Cebu, Lakbayaw Festival in Tondo Manila, Ati-Atihan in Aklan and Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo to name a few.

Most of us will miss to celebrate this tradition of joining the street procession and dancing while holding our little Sto Nino. But our little faith will have a big leap specially on this time of pandemic. We still believe that inspite of what’s happening right now, we can still pray our novena at home and holding our Sto Nino to bless us for this Year 2021. May he helps us to cope up this pandemic and stop to spread the virus and give us a good vaccine for Covid19.

Viva Pit Senior Sto Nino!

  • credit to the owners of the Sto. Nino collections who were exhibited last year at Ayala Centre Cebu.

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Japanese Food at the comfort of your home.. Order Now

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Are you craving for a japanese food??.. Try this, at the comfort of your home๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡

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Forgotten Door

In the days of lockdown because of this pandemic of Covid-19, I activated my Social Media Platforms that almost years I never touch, one of this is twitter. Suddenly, I received a message from this account which fortunately a band from Las Vegas. They sent me a sample of their masterpiece which is “Far Far Away”

I love their song, reminds me when I’m working overseas and miss all the sweet moments of my family and friends in Philippines. Everytime I’m going back home, there’s an excitement to see them and hug them. And their song is really fit to those people who really wants to spend quality time with their family but separated by miles and oceans away.

If you have a long travel or a road trip you can listen to their songs and it’s worth the drive. I know most of us will going back to our provinces because of this holiday season then try to play this.

“.. going far far away,

im going back home

to the hills and sky of blue

I’m coming to you..”

This is just for entertainment purpose only and no copyright infringement intended. All credits to the rightful owner.

For more info regarding this band, here’s the link of their website.

https://www.forgottendoor.com/copy-of-johndale-stanley
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Posted in Recommendations, Tagaytay, Travel Blogs

A Glassy Artistic Sculpture

When I travel in one place, I normally look for a museum that would tell me everything about the place or about the people or person.

I’ve been in Tagaytay for quite sometime and I just try to check this Museo Orlina. I am amaze on the artwork, the glass sculpture of Architect Ramon Orlina.

Glass sculpture is a creative but dangerous way to express oneself. You will need a protective gear and equipments because of the process with a certain degrees of heat to form that glass on what design you want. Some they do molds from clay. Most of the process in glass sculpture are Glass blowing, Hot Sculpting and Cold Working. The artist will do a variety of techniques to create a masterpiece.

How to go to Museum Orlina? If you come from Sta Rosa Exit going to Tagaytay Flower Market, It’s near Econo Hotel and a small street going down, you can see a Signage at the corner. But if you come from Olivarez, you can ride a jeepney going to People’s Park and tell the driver to drop you off at Museo Orlina.

There is an entrance fee for general admission it will cost P130 and for the PWD, Student and Senior Citizen will be P100. You can check the link below for more info/details.

https://www.museo-orlina.org/museo-orlina.html

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You Want An Over Ube Cheesy Pandesal? Try this.

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This is not that typical pandesal with flavor, it’s somehow we can call as trending “quarantine food.” They deliver it hot but I re-heat it in an oven toaster (actually, i love a toasted pandesal) and matched it with a hot milk tea. It’s delicious, the yam jam or ube is not that sweet and when mixed with cheese, perfect for the salty sweet thing inside your mouth.