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.
No one who could imagine, that this little volcano in Philippines would erupt after how many years of sleeping.
One of tourist spot in our country is Tagaytay because of the picturesque view of Taal Volcano and the cold breeze of the place. Tagaytay is the second highest sea level.
I remember last year, we were about to go to Tagaytay to pick-up some things from my best friend who are staying in Wind Residences. We were stuck in the middle of the traffic jam at South Luzon Express Way then we decided to stop at Evia Lifestyle Centre in Las Pinas to took our lunch. When we were about to finish, some of the people were talking about the ash fall on their windscreen. I checked my facebook account and saw all over my feeds that Taal had a big eruption. We cancelled our trip but I tried to contact my best friend if they were affected of the eruptions, luckily they were on the way back to Manila.
Taal Volcano is a large caldera, which was formed by prehistoric eruptions and filled by Taal lake located in the province of Batangas. It is the most second active volcano in the Philippines.
There were 43 recorded eruptions from 1572 to 2020. Some of them are as follows:
a. 1572 – recorded as 1st eruption
b. 1591 – mild eruption took place, featuring great masses of smoke from the crater
c. 1605 to 1611 – displayed such great activity that Father Tomas de Abreu had a huge cross erected in the brink of the crater
d. 1707 to 1731 – the volcanic activity shifted from the main crater to other parts of the volcano island.
e. 1707 & 1715 – eruptions occurred accompanied with thunder and lighting in Binintiang Malaki (giant leg) crater where as the most of the pictures from Tagaytay view.
f. 1709 & 1729 – minor eruptions occurred on western tip of the island of Binintiang Malaki
g. 1716 – a more destructive eruption happened last September 24, 1716, when the whole southeastern portion of the crater where opposite of Mt Maculot was blown out.
h. 1731 – eruption of Pira-piraso or the eastern tip of the island created a new island
i. 1749 – volcanic activity returned to the Main Crater on August 11, 1749 and it lasts till 1753.
j. 1754 – then came the great 200-day eruption which lasted from May 15 to Dec 12. This time, the Pansipit river was blocked causing the water level in the lake to rise and nothing was left except the walls of the church and convent in Taal province. Everything was buried beneath a layer of stones, muds and ashes.
k. 1790 – after 54 years it was erupted again.
l. 1808 – another big eruption occurred, the immediate vicinity was covered with ashes and brought great changes in the interior of the crater.
m. 1874 – on July 19, 1874, an eruption of gases and ashes killed all the livestock on the island.
n. 1878 – ashes ejected by the volcano covered the entire island
o. 1904 – when erupted a new outlet in the southeastern wall of the principal crater.
p. 1911 – last eruption from the main crater which creating the present taal lake. It was one of the devastating eruptions occurred in January 27 to 30, 1911.
q. 1965 – a huge explosion separated a huge part of the island, Mount Tabaro a new eruption centre.
r. 1966 – it reactivated on July 5, 1966 with another eruption from Mt Tabaro
s. 1967 – and followed similar eruption on August 16, 1967.
t. 1968 – 1st historical lava fountaining eruption
u. 1969 – another strombolian eruptions (with lava)
v. 1976 – had phreatic eruptions (explosion of steam water, ash, rock and volcanic bombs)
w. 1977 – another phreatic eruptions
x. 1991 to 2020 – it had shown signs of unrest with strong seismic activity and ground fracturing and with an alert level 1 to alert level 2 depends on the activity recorded.
y. 2020 – latest eruption that spewed ashes to Calabarzon, Metro Manila and some parts of Central Luzon and Pangasinan. Ashfalls and volcanic thunderstorms were reported and forced evacuations were made.
Taal volcano is located in the province of Batangas which consist of towns such as Talisay, San Nicolas, Tanuan, Lipa, Laurel, Agoncillo, Santa Teresita, Alitagtag, Cuenca, Balete and Mataas na Kahoy.
this picture has been published/issued by PHILVOCS.
Every 9th of January, we are celebrating the Feast of Black Nazarene in Quiapo, Philippines. And there is a tradition that we called it TRASLACION. Doing the procession of the statue from Church of Saint Nicholas Tolentino. But this year, it’s really different because of the pandemic so the other churches help to celebrate the Feast. The devotee can go to other churches like Sta Cruz and San Sebastian to pray and pay respect.
How it’s started?? The January 9 procession reenacts a seemingly minor historical event, the 1787 solemn Translacion, or transfer, of the image from its original home, where Rizal Park is now located, to its present home at the basilica in Quiapo.
An image of the Black Nazarene, carved of mesquite wood by an anonymous Mexican sculptor, arrived in Manila in the mid 1600s. The statue was partially destroyed in 1945 during the liberation of Manila in World War II. The Archdiocese of Manila commissioned a renowned Filipino santero, or saint carver, Gener Manlaqui, to sculpt the present day replica, using the original head.
The Quiapo Church has been a minor basilica in the year 1988. Nuestro Señor Jesús Nazareno (a dark figure of Christ carved by a Mexican artist from black wood) whose image, reputedly miraculous, was brought to the country in a Spanish galleon in the 17th century.
My father is one of the devotee of Poon Nazareno. I still remember him going to that Church a day of the Feast or the day itself early in the morning just to join the procession and throwing white towels to the statue. He believes that this can help to throw away all the worries and can help us solve the problem or cure sickness. He had a big faith for the Black Nazarene and I also believe in it.
For the pictures below, the first one you can see at Sta Cruz Church and the other two pictures has been taken two years before this lockdown. And it’s a normal busy place for all the people in any walks of life.