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How to survive Sinulog like a boss

Five days to go before Sinulog, and the excitement sweeping throughout Cebu is reaching a fever pitch. It’s going to be one hell of a party, so before you hit the streets for the Mardi Gras this Sunday, make sure you’ll live to tell the tale. Take it from Cebuanos and Cebuanos-at-heart—they know best.

Thousands of locals and tourists flocked to Lifedance Sinulog last year. (Photo courtesy of http://www.lifedancecebu.com/)

MANNA ALCARAZ, PR Officer, Marco Polo Plaza Hotel

  1. Pace your drinking. You don’t want to be puking and feeling hungover at 3:00 P.M.
  2. Charge your phone and bring a power bank. Since networks might go crazy, try to communicate via mobile data through Viber or FB Messenger.
  3. Be ready to get wet. There’s going to be a lot of “beer showers” and actual rain showers. Wear swimwear underneath your Sinulog shirt.
  4. Anticipate that prices will be jacked up because it’s Sinulog so bring enough cash but be careful in storing them.
  5. Assign a friend in the group who is not allowed to get super wasted so that they will be in charge of making sure nobody ends up having a naked photo on Facebook or nobody goes too crazy.

REI SARMIENTO-NIÑAL, PR, Events & Accounts Manager, Bigseed Public Relations and Events

  1. ’Ziplock’ your mobile phones, tab, or any non-waterproof/non-dustproof device you have, especially if you want to see the photos you took during Sinulog the following day, haha.
  2. Plan with your friends and agree on particular meet-up points and time schedules as the network can be very weak during the grand parade.
  3. Dress for comfort. Be in light clothing, wear rubber shoes if possible, and bring some protection from the sun like shades or hats.
  4. Keep yourself hydrated. Don’t forget to bring water, or beer, whatever.
  5. The buddy system also helps, just in case one of you passed out.

MAY JIMENEA, PR Assistant, Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu

  1. Dress for the occasion. Sinulog is the mother of all festivities in the Philippines, it’s colorful and fun. But it’s also the most crowded. So dress properly. Wear your most comfortable t-shirt, shorts and put some sneakers on, because Sinulog means walking, a lot.
  2. Bring the essentials, Carry a small bag or purse with you where you can keep the most important things such as water, a cap or an umbrella (Sinulog weather is unpredictable, it is either really warm or it’s rainy), some meds like paracetamol or pain reliever because you just never know. Maybe bring some crackers too, to fill your stomach when you can’t find food. You definitely need these things to battle exhaustion from all the festivities.
  3. Study your route. There are many roads closed for Sinulog so you need to know ahead of time where you’re going to avoid wasting time. Get on the official Sinulog website and check the routes and alternate routes. Learn where the best place is to wait for a cab or jeepney. This means, planning ahead of time.
  4. Watch the fireworks in a cozy restaurant. For those locals who have been through enough Sinulog but don’t want to miss out on the gorgeous fireworks, have dinner in places with roof decks in the city. Find a restaurant that is strategically located to get the best view of the fireworks. This way, you don’t have to be in the crowd to enjoy the feel of the festivity.
  5. Rest. Last but definitely not the least; take a deep breath and rest. Take a good night sleep before Sinulog (if you’re not partying) because you will need it. The crowd, the weather, the dancing, all of this will make your body scream, so take care of it.

RED DUTERTE, Graphic Design and Entrepreneur, 726 Printing and Design

  1. Hydrate. You’re going to be walking a lot in Sinulog. Make sure to replenish your thirst before it’s too late.
  2. Comfort is key. In Sinulog, it’s better to be under than overdressed (take high importance in your choice of footwear. I laugh at those who wear heels and slippers. Just… don’t)
  3. Protect your belongings. Whether it’s a waterproof case for your phone or by not brining a wallet, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
  4. Use social media to know where the best events are. Research ahead of time. It helps, trust me.
  5. Leave the drama at home. Flash your biggest smile and shout PIT SENYOR to even your worst enemy (it’s only once a year. You can continue hating after)

MICAH ALMAZAN, Assistant Director of Possibilities, A~List Events, PR & Advertising

  1. Don’t go.

CHARLENE VIRLOUVET, Instructor, Alliance Française de Cebu

  1. Good shoes. And by good, I mean reliable and durable. It helps that it’s cute and fashionable, but keep in mind that your gonna be in those things the entire day and night, and their gonna take a beating. With good shoes, you’ve got one less thing to worry about and more time to have fun and enjoy the festivities.
  2. If you’re with a group of friends with whom you plan on spending the day with, have a designated spot and time in case anyone gets lost. It’s gonna be crazy getting from one place to another. Our phones aren’t going to be very reliable on Sinulog day. Signal is going to be horrible! At least with a place and time, you’re sure to reunite with your friends.
  3. Always keep loose change in your bag or pockets. Having a Php 1,000 bill probably won’t get you anything. Have your bills changed the day before. It’ll be useful to buy water, go to bathrooms, buy whistles and hats, and food.
  4. Like good shoes, a good bag will get you a long way. Don’t bring anything too big. It keeps you from dancing around! Bring a bag that stays glued to your body. Maybe a satchel, a small backpack that you can wear on your stomach, or a fanny pack! Those are cute! Fill your bag with whatever you think you’ll need; towelette, alcohol, pain meds, hand mirror, bandaids, etc. Have a bag where you can fit a bottle of water. That way, you’ll have no reason for being dehydrated. Nobody likes a party pooper.
  5. Lastly, bring your festive spirit! Sinulog isn’t just a day to go out and get so drunk you pass out before the real party starts. Remember to appreciate all the bright colors, the hospitable people (everyone is friendly on Sinulog day!), the parade, the dances, the costumes, etc. It’s all quite beautiful if you take the time to look.

Featured image courtesy of LifeDance.

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St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Marco Polo Plaza

Marco Polo Plaza will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Festival with the rest of the Irish community! It’s not only a feast of greens and four-leaf clovers but of good food too! From March 17 to 19, dig in and enjoy traditional Irish dishes and delights such as Irish Stew, Potato Nachos, Cheesy Reuben Loaf, Guinness Beef Stew Pot Pie, Beer Mac N’ Cheese and many more. These on top of the international lunch and dinner buffet at Cafe Marco. Complete the experience in true Irish fashion with an ice-cold mug of Irish Beer, also available at Cafe Marco.

Gastronomic adventures await at Café Marco! For inquiries and reservations, you can call (032) 253-1111. For real time updates, like the Facebook page at facebook.com/marcopolocebu or follow on Twitter at @5StarInCebu. Visit the website at www.marcopolohotels.com.

For inquiries and reservations, call 253-1111 or email hospitality.ceb@marcopolohotels.com.

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La Liga Henerales: Shaping History Awareness Back Again in Cebu

La Liga Henerales is a community of young talents passionately promotes historical awareness through periodic costumes carefully researched for its authenticity and accuracy and promoted as well in events and schools.

Only few individuals before were into pursuit in this historical awareness project until the age of communication where internet is convenient in the palm of our hands through our gadgets. New information travel fast and data is retrievable, yet also possess a disadvantage with the plethora of different social media platforms carried by various makers as well. In a daily basis, historical backgrounds are unearthed making its trend until now as new discoveries are released, but the idea of these information being shown and shared is as close as not valuing or commemorating to its sources leaving this information just a trend.

There is a certain community of Cebuanos that are taking a quest to rewrite and restructure what was in the past, filling the gaps in facts with further research of variable sources that are made debatable but sticks to it true cause, to unveil the truths of our heritage and our origins, as Cebuanos and as Filipinos as well.

La Liga Henerales is a Cebu-based, non-profit organization composed of a group of talented, committed and respectable individuals from different walks of life, schools and profession whose primary aim is to promote both, Cebuano and filipino culture and heritage that was depicted before in pre-colonial and colonial eras via re-enactment with costumes vested in proper research and investigation to achieve authenticity. They also push their cause on schools and other social gatherings promoting and spreading awareness about our local, and national heroes that we look up to. With these said, they also portray a closer look of the lifestyle of the past to where they perform stories, perform forgotten dances and rituals and portray their individual roles, vital in the fight of our country’s future during those challenging times, and in honor to spread awareness of the lost practices we had in those times.

The Founder

Combining passion and education. Louis Villaflor re-enacts his way patriotism through his periodical costumes and expresses his love for Cebu and Philippines as a culture-centric country.

Louis Kenneth Villaflor, an entrepreneur and an avid history enthusiast and costumer, founded the group on the purpose of re-educating the youth about real local and national history, he saw the opportunity to combine his favourite hobbies which is costuming and story role-playing and the process to instill the historical awareness and value among the youth and in schools, along with a group of fellow enthusiasts who shares his passion about research and history, they took it among themselves to be purposeful in the advocacy in spreading historical awareness in schools or events by wearing periodically correct costumes and sharing the stories and its value to the youth.

Behind the Garments

With the its senior expertise of fashion design and a teacher of the field, his passion also of history caters also in his designs as he pushes through sustainable fashion and historical awareness combined.

Meet Rodney “Pee-Wee” Senining, who has been in the fashion industry since the late 90’s, strives  in concepts of avant-garde, innovation and cutting edge-fashion forward design. And also a teacher of Architecture, Fine Arts and Design of University of San Carlos, he had grown into research of books like the holy grail in the Library Resource Center and is always fascinated of the periodical times and how to preserve it; Hence, his interest had grown for the affinity of Periodical Costumes and Sustainable Fashion.

 Being part of the group La Liga Henerales, he was tasked to instantly be their mentor for the young talents and as the organization is still new and developing with limited funds, resourcefulness and research were done to come up with a good output of photo shoot and was quite proud of it and still promise on the next editions of pieces to be more historically accurate. Even as teacher for Fashion Design in SAFAD, his expertise comes hand in hand with the members as he helps them do research as well. His passion and interest somehow led him with enough knowledge to key the insights of the significant periods and historical backgrounds of it.

Historical Awareness in Cebu

The strength and progress of a country is anchored on how well they know and honor its history. The means of historical awareness in Cebu is almost non-existent among the Cebuanos, although we push forward in tourism and promote beauty through sceneries and other aspects of culture yet never commemorate deeply on historical icons such as our other local heroes, and ancient cultures as well that is almost been forgotten in an urban Cebu. Nevertheless, as long as communities’ like La Liga Henerales are now evolving in a learning state by real discovery by multiple resources, this will always reflect of how we appreciate love, patriotism and honor to our country and would look forward to progress.

 

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Christmas in Colonial Cebu: A Themed Exhibit by Teresin Mendezona and Eva Gullas for Stylescapes 2019

Ever wonder how the yuletide season is celebrated in colonial times? This year at Stylescapes 2019, Teresin Mendezona and Eva Gullas collaborated to showcase the elegance of Christmas during the colonial period, specifically most of the Spanish regime.
 
This pop-up radiated the ambience of Christmas in the colonial times through the various details used within the setting. Specific pieces like the gansilyo table cloth, oil lamp, and the sketches were from Ms. Mendezona and Gullas themselves.
 
Aside from that, various table and living room pieces were sourced from Rustans and Metro Ayala, and was curated by Doro Barandino.

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