In a day and within 24-hour there are two magic hours. Waking up early to see the sunrise that gives light and hope for a better day. And tiring day but worthwhile waiting to chase the sunset that tells us to slow down and have a break for a while.
The magic view of this shows good things will come for the day. After long day, doing some daily routine, waking-up, fixing ourselves, rushing for work, eating our meals, catching up with family and friends, going home and sleeping is what makes our day magical.
Thinking about what happened for the day, planning and praying for tomorrow to be a better one than yesterday.
The beauty of nature and how God paints the sky every day, but in a different way, is like how He gives purpose in our life.
These magic hours are taken with the same spot on different days. I am amazed at how beautiful the sky is every day.
As we all know that one of Philippines tradition is celebrating feast, festival or fiesta in every provinces or villages. This is in respect for the Parish Saint or to admire the hometown people and it’s part of the tourism of the place.
Sikhayan Festival or Sikap Kabuhayan celebrates every 18th of January in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. Being “masikap” (hardworking) is a character of people in that place. And this festival symbolizes a better future for their hardwork and discipline. It gives hope to them specially in this time of pandemic. Their town is a progressive in terms of economy, where most of the business industry are located there and tourism, where one of the nearest theme park in Manila located.
Let’s join together to check on how fun is their festival to their online celebration that we can see on the link below.
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 🙂 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. Niño 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.
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.
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.