Sinulog, Cebu / © Nikka Corsino / Two2Travel

Sinulog sa Sugbu 2012

The carousel parade of the Sinulog Festival in Cebu City was the LONGEST we’ve had to take photos of: 10 grueling hours, more than half of which under the scorching heat of the sun!

Sinulog Festival, Cebu, Philippines

It also didn’t help that, although we had IDs, we were clueless about the best spots to position ourselves!




For people who have been taking photos of festivals before this, we thought Sinulog was no different, but we were so wrong. The festival—arguably the most extravagant in the whole Philippines—left our feet sore and our skin burnt. After those 10 hours, we felt like we summited a mountain!

Sinulog Festival, Cebu, Philippines

Sinulog Festival, Cebu, Philippines

But Owen and I still think that Sinulog has got to be one of the festivals you need to see at least once in your life—especially if you’re like us who still have to take a plane (or ferry) ride to Cebu. All the sensory overload—from the music to the dances to the processions to the FOOD!—are going to be so worth the trip!
 
Here are some of the photos we took from the Sinulog Carousel Parade—the highlight of the month-long festival in Cebu, which (always) happens on a Sunday. This parade lasts literally the whole day, so you may want to psych yourself well for this one! Bring friends, lots of water, a camera with lots of juice, and position yourself along Osmena!

More travel photography tips here: Photographing Philippine fiestas.

Sinulog Festival, Cebu, Philippines

Sinulog Festival, Cebu, Philippines

Sinulog Festival, Cebu, Philippines

Sinulog Festival, Cebu, Philippines

Sinulog Festival, Cebu, Philippines

Sinulog Festival, Cebu, Philippines

Sinulog Festival, Cebu, Philippines

Sinulog Festival, Cebu, Philippines

Sinulog Festival, Cebu, Philippines

Sinulog Festival, Cebu, Philippines

Two2Travel

Owen Ballesteros & Nikka Corsino are trigger-happy travelers from the Philippines. They both swear by the sharpness of Nikon and almost always carry a packet of instant coffee when traveling. Photography is their bread and butter, their passion, and sometimes the only thing that prevents them from killing each other. If you have offers of work, collaborations, or an endless supply of instant coffee, please drop them a message here.

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