The weekend before the Sinulog Parade weekend, the Sinulog sa Kabataan (Sinulog of the Youth) is held. Students from both the city and the province of Cebu compete during these events for a spot in the Sinulog Grand Parade (held every third Sunday of January.)
The Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan (province) is held every second Saturday January. The Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Dakbayan (city) is held every second Sunday.
Me and my Sinulog partner Line arrived at around 1 pm at the Abellana Grandstand for the event. At the gate, we noticed that the entrance fee to see the competition was already Php75 pesos. The amount in the previous years was only from Php20 to Php50. I’m not sure why they decided to suddenly make some sudden changes. The Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan is usually witnessed by Cebuanos from faraway municipalities who wish to support their contingents. The trip to Cebu City alone costs a lot. I’m sure some of them weren’t even able to get in because of the steep price. The Sinulog Foundation should have decreased the fee to Php20.
When me and Line were about to enter the grandstand, we were told that we had to get a ticket as well. Even though we already presented our Sinulog Photographer’s ID, (I’ve been covering the Sinulog for three years and the Photog’s ID serves as an all-access pass) they still insisted that we get tickets. Later, I learned that some photographers were allowed to get in even without paying Php75. What is up with that? In 2010, the price for a Photographer’s ID and a shirt was 500. The following year, they changed it to Php600 because they said they were throwing in a Canon vest with the kit. Okay, fine! This year, the price is Php1000! And what we get is a not so nice looking shirt. I’m not sure what they’ll do next year. Maybe they’ll charge Php2000 for each photographer.
Anyways, I decided to skip the picture-taking part and just watch the whole show from the grandstand. So, most of the shots from this post are Line’s. Only the last 8 shots are mine.
Here are this year’s winners:
5th Place: Santa Filomena Elementary School, Alegria
4th Place: Bogo City Division
3rd Place: San Roque Elementary School, Talisay City
2nd Place: Tuyan Central Elementary School, Naga City, Cebu
Champion: Danao City East District, Danao City Central School
Best in Costume: Danao City East District, Danao City Central School
Best in Musicality: Danao City East District, Danao City Central School
5th Place: Maslog National High School, Danao City
4th Place: Medellin National High School
3rd Place: Lawaan National High School, Talisay City
2nd Place: Toledo National Vocational School
Champion: Carcar City Division
Best in Costume: Carcar City Division
Best in Musicality: Carcar City Division
Thanks a lot, Line for sharing your photos! 🙂
Kid in full costume – perfect subject. Hehehe.
Big winner: Carcar City Division
Students from Danao celebrating their win.
Someone asked me if I owned a blog. It turned out that he recognized my face. Nice meeting you, sir Dong2x! 🙂
Behind the scene: Carcar City Division contingent
The crowd. At Php75 each. You do the math. Hehehe.