Sinulog 2011’s See Cebu in a Carousel
Cebu’s Sinulog has both resisted and embraced change through the years. It has evolved both in substance and form in the presence of disruptive technology, new trends in choreography and even the unpredictable weather. The festive celebration means differently for different kinds of people: a moment of sacrifice and thanksgiving for the devotees to the Santo Niño, opportunities to get a glimpse of streetdancing contingents for those who can endure watching the parade and commercial ventures for those who want to sell all kinds of goods and services to the first two groups.
There have been a number blog posts already on different facets of the Sinulog – the search for Sinulog Queen and Miss Cebu, the streetdancing and the various religious practices, just to name a few. I would like to feature the ‘See Cebu in a Carousel’ initiative of the city council this time. These are the tarpaulin posters that showcased the best of what Cebu, both the city and the province, has to offer to the rest of the world. The posters are strategically propped up along Osmeña Boulevard.
But despite their imposing size, it is still easy to miss these large postcards for the more exciting activities of the Sinulog. It is for that reason that the 21 posters this year deserve a second look, and are equally worthy of being featured as my second blog entry for 2011.
There are 8 destinations that I haven’t been to among the places featured in the carousel. I also noticed that there are also key municipalities that were surprisingly not included in this year’s selection. But I realized that it is even harder to choose from the many places to visit in Cebu or feature all of them in the budget-constrained initiative. I do hope that there would be more sponsors next year so that the entire Osmeña boulevard would be overwhelmed with more postcards so to speak.
Every Sinulog, the ‘See Cebu in a Carousel’ has successfully shown both the famous and the relatively unknown destinations in Cebu. This year was no exception. And if that was one of their objectives, then everyone behind this initiative deserve a pat in the back for a job terrifically done.
It is challenging to get a good picture of each it since the thoroughfare is busy with cars and people most of the time. But my friends and I managed somehow. We had not only acceptable photos but also a unique educational exercise one evening last week.