Crazy Sinulog experiences

-A A +A

Saturday, January 18, 2014

THERE are some crazy days that some people have had their share of. But then there are extra crazy days some of us go through during the merriment that happens come Sinulog festival every year held in Metro Cebu.

Here’s a little sample of what you might experience (or not) this weekend!



“It was during my college days. I volunteered to be part of a (television) production for Sinulog. I was asked to get a table while we were trying to set-up an interview for (then) Sen. Mar Roxas just right above the sports complex. The table was made of glass and I thought it was a solid piece, only to find out that the glass was just literally placed on top of the table! So when I lifted the table, the glass just fell and shattered on the floor—right in front of the entire production team and, of course, Mr. Roxas! I felt like all eyes were on me and I wanted to melt. It even took me a while to notice that my hand was wounded and bloodied up! Good thing they didn’t let me pay for the broken glass.” – Ademar Adaza Ochotorena, GMA 7 Cebu production staff


“I decided to party right after my night shift. Needless to say, I was intoxicated (I thought it was soft drinks) and got hit by “amnesia.” What happened was I walked from Mango Ave. to Ayala without remembering anything and met up with my girlfriend. Then I didn’t know what happened but I remembered lying down in front of her.

I woke up at home and received a text that she would break up with me—that cured my hangover.” - Kenneth Arceno, proprietor Cerdo Clothing


“There was this one year when Monster Radio had a booth at the stairs outside Robinson’s mall in Fuente, which meant that we were in the middle of the action. I was manning the booth while the people parting in the crowd kept giving us free drinks and I got a bit tipsy (oops). A friend and I had to leave for another party and because of his crazy idea, we ended up climbing the fence around the Fuente circle (while I was still a bit dizzy from the drinks) to get across.

What’s crazier is that after I climbed the fence, I realized that I left my umbrella at the booth, and I actually went back for it. If next time something like that happens, I’d climb the fence again but forget about going back for an umbrella.” – Anne Indy Noval, Monster Radio 105.9 DJ


“It was Sinulog and it was the first time I went out to see the Mardi Gras on my own. My favorite spot has always been around Raintree Mall where fraternity watering holes, food stalls and restrooms are like neighbors to one another. Have you heard of a story about a guy who offered a crying lady a handkerchief? Well, I had my share of that story too.

She was the girlfriend of some fratman in the area and what do you know? She knew me being in a band (I was PG18 bassist/Smooth Friction second vocalist then). The perks, man, hehe. So we agreed to leave the area; I held her hand and walked along Jones Ave. to enjoy the Mardi Gras. We kissed during the fireworks display—yup, just like in the movies and then she left.

Too bad, I never got my handkerchief back... tsk tsk.” – Johnus Cui Verdida, business manager of Tech Project Hive and Pandora bassist.


“My first ever Sinulog experience was going to Baseline and then upon arrival while searching for the place to get beer among the throng of people, somebody turned me towards them and screamed at me, “Pit Senyor!” and then poured a whole bottle of beer all over my head. Man, I miss Cebu. – Angela Prats, events coordinator


“Played 10 times with five different bands in three days during Sinulog weekend. There were three gigs on Saturday. I realized the importance of habal-habal drivers to beat traffic. Made it from Junquera to (then) the Cebu Plaza hotel, and then to IT Park and was never late for call times.” - Jerros Dolino, associate solicitor at Office of the Solicitor General, drummer at Read Between
The Lions, Child/ren of the Pilgrimage


I know y’all experienced bumping into old and new friends everywhere during the day itself, especially when you have to squeeze yourself through the crowd. There was a time all my friends were together in a crowd, so I made beso beso with each of them.

I was about to make beso to someone I thought I knew and stopped as I realized that it was a creepy old guy I did not know at all—and he grabbed me and tried to grope me. Good thing I was quick to escape.” – Jessy Lee A. Pearl, student/freelance writer

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 19, 2014.


DISCLAIMER: Sun.Star website welcomes friendly debate, but comments posted on this site do not necessary reflect the views of the Sun.Star management and its affiliates. Sun.Star reserves the right to delete, reproduce or modify comments posted here without notice. Posts that are inappropriate will automatically be deleted.

Forum rules: Do not use obscenity. Some words have been banned. Stick to the topic. Do not veer away from the discussion. Be coherent and respectful. Do not shout or use CAPITAL LETTERS!