The typical description of Sinulog has never sat well with me. A quick search online will only garner the facts of this festival. It usually starts with the details (every third Sunday of January in Cebu), then it will go on to say when it first started in the city (1980), then it will tell the story of how the Sto.Nino was found by one of Legazpi’s men in the second Spanish expedition to the Philippines.
The problem is it fails to describe what Sinulog is truly like. It doesn’t mention the devotion of thousands who go to mass every morning leading up to Sinulog day, the hundreds of boats following the Sto.Nino through the Mactan Channel for the fluvial parade, the many local events preceding the day (Miss Cebu, bazaars, Cebu City Marathon, etc.), the giant concerts all over the city, and the street parties on Sinulog day itself. You don’t get the sense of the colorful street parade, the crazy in the streets, and the sheer celebration of the day. You could fill up a book explaining Sinulog in detail, but not really capture the essence of the experience.
Now what does all this have to do with a skull? Different cultures have different interpretations of a skull. But many recognize it as a reminder that our time in this world is limited. Everything ends. A skull is a reminder of that and knowing this, we are to make the most of the life we have left. In its most basic form, Sinulog is a celebration of life. We rejoice of the fact that we are still here and we are to make the most of it. On the third Sunday of 2016, we celebrate with who matters most because we don’t know what tomorrow brings.
For Sinulog, we celebrate life.
Pre-order your Sinulog shirts now at the Assembly Online. The shirts will be in your hands a week before Sinulog 2016. You can have it delivered to your address or you can pick it up in the Assembly JY Square in Lahug.
Here are the shirts.