Sinulog is one of the biggest festivals in the Philippines. It has been practiced for over centuries since the Spanish times. Now Sinulog has transformed into a huge rave party that party animals like me should never miss.
photo courtesy of: Spectrum Experience
TRANSPORTATION DURING SINULOG
I wasn’t able to attend Sinulog in 2013, so a few months before the 2014 event, I booked a flight for January 17-20,2014 even though it cost me an arm and a leg. I was so stoked about it that I counted the months and days until that day — January 17th — arrived. Getting there was a little underwhelming though. Our flight was delayed and we arrived in Cebu with no metered taxicabs at the airport in sight. We later found out that we had to fall in line and wait at least half an hour at the departure area located a floor above where we were. Time is gold so we decided to take an airport cab for which we paid double to that of the regular metered rate.
At approximately 10:00pm we finally arrived at our hotel, the Tsai Residences. Their Sinulog rate was Php3,750, about double their regular rate of Php1,800. According to our friends, hotels normally jack up their rates that high during Sinulog season. As soon as I saw our room, I got into the shower to freshen up then took a few shots of the Jack Daniel’s (JD) that I brought from Davao. Catching a cab was not a problem this time as there were a lot of them passing by Tsai Residences. So off I went to Life Dance!
WHERE TO PARTY ON A FRIDAY DURING SINULOG
Life Dance, for me, is Sinulog’s culminating event. Set at the Cebu Boardwalk, it’s a huge outdoor rave party attended by thousands of people from all over the world.
When I got to the venue, my friends were already inside. They had VVIP tickets (VVIP: PHP3,500.00, VIP: PHP2,500.00, GEN. AD.: PHP1,000.00) and me? I had nothing. I waited for 2 long hours outside the venue, listening to the music and the wild crowd. I bumped into Champ, a good friend of mine who was previously based in Cebu, and asked if he could help me get inside for free. Unfortunately, security was super strict so again I was forced to wait outside. Thereafter, I came to my senses and decided to buy a GA ticket at the gate and got in. The GA area was so vast and thousands upon thousands of people were dancing like crazy. The VIP and VVIP areas were fenced at the elevated part at the back. I kept texting and looking for Jico, a fellow Davaoeño who was also there, but ended not seeing him at all what with the sheer madness that was going on. I moved toward the left most part of the place and saw my friends whom I was supposed to be with in the VIP area, and eyed Champ and his group lingering nearby. They coaxed me to jump over the barricade, but initially I was too chicken. After much prodding I grabbed a chair and got myself over it and became an instant VIP guest hahahaha! Champ and his friends threw some booze at me. Eventually I joined Krizha, another Davaoeña, and met her group of friends from Manila. With all these excellent people around, getting into mood to party was easy and I felt in the zone to do all my dance moves. Music was great as expected. The organizers brought International DJ’s who were among the top 100 in the world. The crowd was epic and everyone just loved to party. We stayed there until 5:00am then decided to continue drinking at the Waterfront Hotel where John and Anton are staying. They bought bottles of Red Horse and an Emperador Light (EmpeLight). At 8:30am I went back to Chai hotel to recharge myself in preparation for Saturday’s activities.
With Krizha and a Friendly Party Girl (stranger)