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.
Our group came early to avoid the traffic and to avoid walking for miles just to get to General Maxilom Avenue. Since we came around 9 AM, we were able to find a taxi to drive us to Redemptorist Church. From there, it was just a 3 minute walk to the parade area. It was not as crowded early in the morning so we were able to find good spots to watch the festivities.
We were able to see some street dancing contingents and we even posed with some of the participants of the Sinulog. We caught a glimpse of some celebrities like Kim Chiu, Aling Dionisia, Ogie Alcasid, Pekto, Maja Salvador, etc. I even got a keychain and a basketball from Cebuana Lhullier.
We walked our way back to Ayala before lunchtime.
While it is good to support the side events of the Sinulog like the parties in some bars, I really think that one of the highlights of the Sinulog should be the Grand parade and the street dancing. I know quite a few friends who did not even see any of the performers of the parade yet they are bragging that it was the best Sinulog ever. I wonder what Sinulog means to them. ;)