After watching the pyrotechnique contest last Saturday night (January 16, 2009) at SM City Cebu, me and my SSC friends went to Mango Avenue and stayed up until around one in the morning. When I got home at around 1:30 am, my mom and my cousins were all packed for the Mañanita Mass at the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño. They’ve been waiting for me since 1:00 am, actually because they knew that the Basilica would be packed as early as 12:00 midnight for the 4:00 am mass. So, I was only able to change my shirt and we were on our way. The mass ended at around 6 am and we were able to leave the Basilica at around 7. That was, after four tranformers exploded scaring the gazillion devotees in the pilgrim area. And of course, there was the compulsory near-death experience at the exit point due to the number of people leaving (and trying to get in) the Basilica. After a quick breakfast, we reached home at around 8:30 am. I went to bed for thirty minutes and by nine, I was up again for the annual Sinulog Grand Parade. Hahaha.
Line and I met up at Fuente and we walked all the way to the grand stand taking pictures along the way. I didn’t have to worry about the crowd, thank goodness, because I had a photographer’s ID. All right, I didn’t exactly take a lot of pictures because it felt uncomfortable. Hahaha. I just sort of acted like Line’s assistant. Hahaha.
Anyways, enough of the backstory. Here are the photos I took during the annual parade. I hope they’re worth the wait. Hahaha. Sorry for the quality. I promise to give you better pictures next year puhon. I swear I’m going to get that DSLR even before the drums start beating next year. Hahahaha.
Walking all the way to the Cebu City Sports Center.
Cute kid and his Niño.
Lovely dancer in action!
Celebrities from ABS-CBN.
That second girl looks bored. LOL.
I can’t describe this picture. Hahaha.
The grand stand. Super daghang taw!
Higante. A friend said she looks like Bituin Escalante. Hehehe.
My shoes. Very dirty. LOL.
Contingent from Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan.
Wet. It rained a few times during that day. Really messy.
Douglas Nieras and other judges.
Contingent from Camp Lapu-Lapu.
Another shot of that SSK group.
Ms. Lucy Torres. Very gorgeous.
She looks angry. Hehe.
I bet he’s asking for something really big. Hehe.
Osmeña Boulevard and Jakosalem intersection.
Marines waiting for their turn.
On stage! Smile pud mo oi!
Sandiego dancers. Nice costume.
Val’s wife. Forgot her name.
DVD mo diha!
The center of all the action.
SWU Marines. So excited to dance. Hehehe.
Balot mo diha!
View of the entire avenue.
Thanks for the photos Line! Hehehe
For kick-ass photos of the grand parade, check out the galleries of: