Two years ago, I wrote about a Ngohiongan in Fairlane, Guadalupe that has been one of my favourite places to have lunch. This time, I will be writing a long overdue post about another favourite place for ngohiong for Cebuanos. Carlos Special Ngohiong is another small house-based eatery similar toDoming's Ngohiong. It is located in Mambaling but they now have branches in Mabolo and Guadalupe.
Friday, February 27, 2015
Saturday, February 14, 2015
A lot of production companies and establishments have taken advantage of the revelry and they have organized rave events and many stores offer good promos for beer and liquors during the season. Instead of watching the grand parade, many young people cram themselves in the narrow side streets and enjoy being face painted, given shots, taking free hugs and kisses, and greeting strangers Pit Senyor!
It is wet, wild, crowded and dirty but nobody really cares because everyone is having so much. If you are the type that is claustrophobic then I strongly suggest never to go in the Juana Osmena area and the side streets going to Baseline, Redemptorist Church, and the back of STC because you will end up crushed specially past lunchtime. Some people even make a mistake of parking their cars in the area and complained later as their cars somehow got vandalised with poster paint. Also, I really suggest that people with cars should not be stupid enough to go to that area in the afternoon because most likely you will stuck for hours and there is a big possibility to you will run over liquor and beet bottles. You have to learn how to walk to enjoy the Sinulog to the hilt especially in that area.
Some might not like this aspect of the Sinulog but for many, it is the very definition of Sinulog. Sinulog for some is all about the paint, the soiled clothes, the drinking, and the dancing. Some might try to control this aspect but it is actually what makes Sinulog memorable for many. A lot of young people now save up to come to Cebu, not only to watch the contingents or go to Church but they also want to party like nobody is watching. My friends from other provinces even wondered why their city do not hold such fun event. #PartyPaMore
Posted by Carlo Andrew Olano at 4:06 PM
Valentine's Day has always been an important "holiday" for my wife. I have been "scolded" many times by her because I do not make preparations for February 14. This year it is a bit different because for the first time in my life, I made reservations for Valentine's Day. I decided that we will have lunch at Planet Grapes in Ayala.
Posted by Carlo Andrew Olano at 7:10 AM
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Since I had visitors in this year's Sinulog, I made it a point to let them watch the grand parade and see what Sinulog is all about. A lot of people came here for the street parties and many tend to forget that those parties would now have been possible if there was no grand parade. Sinulog is also about street dancing, floats, giants, and celebrities. Many contingents train for a few months just to perform in Cebu's most popular festival. It would be sad if people would just focus in the beer drinking and the rave parties and forget to cheer and appreciate the amazing dance continents. Many contingents are even from out of town and a few were from areas devastated by Yolanda in 2013.
Posted by Carlo Andrew Olano at 10:23 AM
Sunday, February 1, 2015
Usually, I do not care how I look during the Sinulog. I rarely buy new shirts for the event because most likely it will not be wearable after an awesome Sinulog street party. This year is different since I have guests from Manila. I really encouraged them to buy some Sinulog shirts just to get a better feel of our famous festival. Since it was there first time, I wanted them to look the part and that also means that I have to somehow set an example.
Maan and Lot bought shirts from Island Souvenirs and had it cut and styled. Steph and I bought shirts there as well. We went to Mango Avenue very early. I parked my car in Ayala Center Mall then after breakfast, we rode a cab to Redemptorist Church. It was early morning and the taxi was able to reach the Church easily.
We were at the parade a quarter past 9 AM. There were a lot of vendors offering their goods like whistles and other Sinulog accessories. Their were also people offering Henna Tattoes and face painting. Since we had time to spare, we all decided to have our faces painted. It was not that expensive as rates go as low as 20 pesos depending on your chosen design. The complicated ones were like 70-100 pesos.
Steph picked a butterfly design for her face.
I had my hair coloured just for fun. I picked green to match my shirt.
Posted by Carlo Andrew Olano at 12:45 PM