Sinulog Grand Parade 2011

Here are some of the photos I took during the Sinulog Grand Parade which was held last January 16, 2011 (every third Sunday of January). It rained the whole day but it didn’t stop the crowd from joining the biggest festival in the country. According to police estimates, at least three million people attended this year’s street parade (1.5 million last year).

These photos were captured using Santy, my Nikon D5000. I used the Auto setting for most shots because I don’t know a thing about dslr cameras. I hope I’ll learn a few tricks in the coming days, though. 🙂 Anyway, I hope you enjoy the photos. Viva Pit Senyor!

Sinulog 2011 – the best!


23 thoughts on “Sinulog Grand Parade 2011

  1. Done by a pro. I love the pictures because each one tells a story. Like, what’s the inspiration behind the smile of the painted faces? And the amazement of a child at the backdrop of snake and man,, Once again (as always) you’ve captured the moments. 🙂

  2. Thank you also for featuring Tejero Elementary School, the one with the crabs. I’ve personally seen how our Grades 3,4,5 & 6 worked hard for this year’s Sinulog Grand Parade. 🙂

    And by the way, you inspire me to continue on blogging. Thanks to you and Satchmo.

  3. Great pics Leylander! Top quality and could be suitable for any top travel book or magazine. As batang buotan said, you really captured the magic and joy of the moment! You and Santy did the pageant proud! Keep up the good work–we love it!

  4. Great pics and story telling via your shots! Manghayhay lang ming wala makakita physically but you have brought it to us here so thank you. Just ignore your detractors, they are not worth your time. You will still be followed by those who have been reading your blog for years so keep it coming! Pit Senyor!

  5. great, great pics ley! thanks for sharing with those people like me who cannot personally come see the sinulog in Cebu…. again, thanks!

  6. Great job, it’s been awhile since I witnessed Sinulog live. Thanks for what you did it makes me feel like I’m closer to the action. Pit Senyor.

  7. 2 na jud ka sinulog festival,, nga la jud ko kaatend,, cigoro mga nxt yr pohon mo tan aw na jud ko ky mahoman na ko contrata dri ksa,, viva pit sinor!!!! sa tanan nga mga cebuano labi na jud sa kong mga relatives sa minglanilla,,,,

  8. Yet, another layer of Leylander’s talent is unfolding. You really deserve that SLR. You might have already appreciated the versatility of that camera, so as you explore that to its limits, I look forward to the results. BTW, what size is
    your lens. I might be able to spare some basic filters, like UV and polarizer.

    1. it’s the starter kit sir. im not even sure. hehehe. 18-55 ba to? gipaborrow ra ko ni Line sa iyang bigger lens atong festival queen, fluvial, ug foot procession (actually the truth is, wala nako giuli dayon. hahaha). thanks! 🙂

  9. nice pic ley….just found out about ur website…post it on fb so that our batchmates from UP would be able to visit as well… nice work 😀

  10. Pedro Calungsod’s story lives on in Iloilo
    A “Calungsod boy went from Iloilo to Mactan Island in Cebu, joined the Jesuit missionaries who left for some island in the Pacific, and was killed with the Fathers,” Arevalo’s account goes.


    NEW YORK – “Sensational! New York has never seen anything like it!” Those were only some of the hooray and hurrah comments Sunday when the Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc. unleashed its annual commemoration of the Declaration of Philippine Independence on Madison Avenue highlighting the performances of the Philippines’ awards-winning “Queen of Festivals,” the Dinagyang Festival.
    As the 32-strong Dinagyang Festival dancers and drummers made their thumping and weaving choreography down the avenue to the shrieks and screams of onlookers running along and on the sidewalks, Dinagyang drums kept the pace booming up and down the concrete canyons of the greatest city in the world.
    “It’s an infectious experience I’ve never felt before,” was another spectator’s comment as she tried to keep pace following at the heels of the costumed Dinagyang drummers and dancers.
    And the merriment continued later in the day as the Dinagyang Festival put in another rousing performance during PIDCI’s afternoon Cultural Festival on the open stage just north of 23rd Street on Madison Avenue. Once again the shrieks and screams reverberated at the downtown end of the avenue and west through Madison Square Park all the way through the intersecting Fifth Avenue and Broadway.
    If you ask Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog of Iloilo City, who heads the delegation, he’ll tell you that the Dinagyang Festival has become some sort of an international phenomenon, especially after winning the Grand Slam Award of the “Aliwan” Festival in Manila. Aliwan is likened to the Carnaval of Rio de Janeiro. It is held annually in Manila, Philippines with winning festivals from the outlying provinces and cities invited to compete for the Grand Slam prize.
    And as the day wore on, the crowd on Madison Avenue, enjoying the upper 70’s-degree weather, savored the other major events of PIDCI’s Philippine Independence Day—the all-day Street Fair, from 24th Street to 26th Street—a block-long Food Festival and another block-long Mini-Expo; and the afternoon Cultural Festival that also showcased the Independence Day Parade Guest of Honor, Philippine Vice President Jejomar C. Binay, who was accompanied by Philippine Ambassador to the U.S. Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. and Philippine consul General in New York, Ambassador Mario L. de Leon, Jr. and invited celebrities from the Philippines Jericho and Karyll who sang a few songs on the stage to wind up the day’s festivities.
    PIDCI President Joji Jalandoni announced and invited everyone to the next and culminating event of the 113th Anniversary Commemoration of Philippine Independence – the annual Philippine Independence Ball, at the New York Hilton Hotel at 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019, on Saturday, June 11 from 7pm to 1am of the following day – Philippine Independence Day.
    “Get ready to be thrilled by more Dinagyang Festival dances,” she promised.


    The Musicality, Choreography and Costume of Sinulog, Ati-Atihan and Dinagyang
    Hala Bira To Life and Faith! Celebrating Iloilo’s Dinagyang Festival 2010


    Awards and Citations
    Achievements of Dinagyang Festival
    Galing Pook Awards as an Outstanding Program of a Local Government Unit Finalist
    Plaque of Recognition
    Awarded by President Benigno Aquino III on January 30, 2012
    SILVER AWARD – International Awards for Livable Communities
    2011 LivCom Awards in Songpa
    Awarded in Songpa, Seoul, South Korea on October 31, 2011
    GRAND CHAMPION – Aliwan Fiesta 2012, 2011, 2010, 2004
    In the Hall of Fame for three (3) consecutive championships
    Manila Broadcasting Company
    Street Dance Competition
    Awarded in Pasay City
    Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines
    Best Practice Awards 2009
    Awarded in General Santos City during its National Convention on October 2009
    BEST TOURISM EVENT – Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines
    Best Practice Awards 2008, 2007, 2006
    Asian Development Bank – For public-private partnership, 2008
    United Nations Development Programme Localization of the Millennium Development Goals in Nepal, 2007
    Institute for Solidarity in Asia – Good Governance through Responsible Citizenry and Public – Private Cooperation
    As Iloilo’s Representative to the Aliwan Fiesta Street Dance Competition
    FIRST RUNNER-UP: 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2003
    As Philippine Representative to:
    World Folklore Festival in Portugal – 1998
    World Expo in Portugal – 1998
    Chinggay Festival & Parade in Singapore – 1999 & 2000
    Northeast Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce Annual Parade 2007 – State of Minnesota, USA
    Best Parade Crown Pleaser
    36th Texas Folklife Festival 2007 State of Texas, USA
    St. Patrick’s Day Annual Parade in Ireland – 2009
    International Dance Congress in Manila – 2009
    Opening Performance
    Philippine Independence Day Celebration Parade
    New York, USA – 2010 & 2011
    South African Embassy – Manila Events
    2012 Asian Development Bank Board of Governors’ Meeting
    2012 Guam Liberation Day Parade

    Watch Dinagyang ans sinulog festivals in YouTube! amazing !

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