Going to Sinulog Festival Makes You Feel All Kinds of Emotions | Cebu, Philippines

What makes Sinulog Festival so unforgettable?

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When participating in the Sinulog festivities, the mood unleashes something in you to make you want to splash the colors you’ve gathered and smother it all over someone’s face, someone you don’t even know. However, there is no feeling of being dirty, just confidently sexy in the scarcity of fabrics worn (or not worn) emphasized by the colors wiped in your skin. The more colorful, the sexier. Intimacy is mighty present, sometimes it becomes overwhelming and dangerous. Getting lost and being found, torn slippers or clothes and bare feet while walking, getting drunk in the light and bright of day, dancing like you’re born to be doing this your entire life – these are wholeheartedly “in”.

The vibes are inevitably contagious and it spreads fast and wide. There are no strangers, everybody smiles to everybody, for the most part. If visitors and locals play hard, there are also those who admirably work hard, the focused ones, namely the performers, beauty queens and kings, make-up artists and choreographers, hosts and sponsors, and all sorts who are involved in the parade, parties, and programs of the festival. Yet there is also the group who is interestingly oblivious to the flamboyant and the dynamic in their surroundings, perhaps the locals who are not foreign anymore to the chaos and colors. The assembly of various faces and personalities in the streets of Cebu is an opportunity to capture candid, epic moments. These are assorted emotions portrayed in expressions and gestures during Sinulog Festival, attended and danced to last year, in flavorful photos:

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The Locals

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The Visitors

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The Performers

Before

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During


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After

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Viva Pit Senyor!

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Festivals in general are brimming with energy, loud happiness, and a certain hunger for aliveness that it’s possible to abandon all control. So which festival are you planning to lose yourself?

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