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January 21, 2009

One Beat, One Dance, One Vision

This is the Sinulog catch phrase, and that, my dear puppy friends, had been the reason for our absence.

Just what is “Sinulog”, most of you would probably ask.

Well, truth be told, I don’t really know seeing as I am a dog, and this is the time of year that I’d rather not be outside the confines of my comfortable home in the hopes of not being squished by the sea of people basking in the hot dreary sun or withstanding the chilling cold winds and rain just so they can catch a glimpse of queer individuals dressing up as giants, cartoon characters, mystical creatures or personages from the past.

Nope, puppies and gentledogs, that is not our cup of tea. That is why I brought my plea before the good judge and ask the Sinulog fairy to spare my hoomans. Alas, my motion for hooman exclusivity for the last week was denied, and as a result thereof- no bloggie posts. Drat
And so, I have come to the realization, that just maybe, this is one event not meant for dogs, but our humans, to enjoy. I rest my case.

The word sinulog comes from a Cebuano word meaning, “like the movement of water currents.” The name is a reference to the forward-backward steps in the Sinulog dance; the rhythmic motion is reminiscent of the movement of the eddies of Cebu’s old Pahina River. The dancers basically take two steps forward and one step backward to the beat of a drum. The dance is traditionally performed mostly by elderly women. (source:

Sinulog is arguably the biggest, grandest and most anticipated celebration in the country- a celebration of oneness of a nation in hope, love and adulation (for the patron of Cebu- Señor Sto. Niño or the child Jesus). The festival is a week long celebration filled with dances, street parties, concerts, prayer rallies and parades, fireworks competitions and on Sunday- a mardi gras which will run from around 9 AM until 6 PM and a fireworks display at the Ayala Center Cebu.

Here are snippets of some Sinulog events attended by humans.

Sinulog 2009
view of parade from manang's office
'giants' parade

Everyone gushed during the mardi gras. They ‘oohhhed’ and ‘aahhed’, I blinked. Really now, they say it was filled with colors.

But aren’t dogs supposed to have limited color recognition?

They said the floats were intricately designed, more like eye candy. Really now, I’d rather have something I can eat...

I'm a sourpuss. I know. What's a dog to do to have human exclusivity, these days?


happy said...

That's really fascinating! My human went ooh and aah too looking at the pictures.

Really? I have the same lower lip as Poopie? Ooh...

Sweepy said...!
viva...oh whatever...

corrections: i have complete color vision, 'xcuse me. dogs DO have extreme color recognition. otherwise my designs would fail.

wikipedia didn't get it right.
the street festivals like the ones we have in our place are actually the old native's worship dance.

we dance for dance as well.
just like old times.
hala bira!

there you go.

the big mouth hound

Bobby said...

Oh no I would hate all those crouds, then fireworks as well. I envy you warm weather and great beach, but not your crowd and fireworks.

Maggie and Mitch said...

I totally agree with Bobby! I HATE fireworks but the rest of your sinulog looks like fun!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Katherine and Pippa said...

Brilliant photos - love to hear about what other pups get up to in different places.

Sorry it has taken us (ie HER) a long time to get back. We've added you to our bloglist. :)


Anonymous said...

What a wonderful event! You are a lucky doggie even if you can't appreciate it to the fullest. I'm sure if you went out everyone would ooohh and aaahh over YOU and give you TREATS!


Noah the Airedale said...

Oh wow those pictures are great and must have been a real spectacle. Don't know about fireworks though. I don't think I'd like the sound they make.

p.s Its not my Willow's birthday but thanks for thinking of her.

Simona,Paco e Milo said...

HI Aki!!!!!
Thanks for stopped at our blog!!!
we love your blog and you too!!!
we're very honored to be your friends!!!!can we add your blog at our???
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Lots of love and kisses

Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

This is sooooo another reason why blogging is soooooooo KHOOL!

We learn about woo
Woo learn about us


Huskee and Hershey said...

Wow... that is A LOT of people! It looks like so much fun too!!

My burpday is 23Aug and Hershey's burpday is 24April.

Dino and Family said...

Whoa! That looks like one very exciting parade! It is so colorful and I am sure it was a lot of fun for the humans! Love the pics, thanks for sharing! Love, Dino