Just like Christmas, the Philippines' biggest festival, Sinulog, is just right around the corner. In a matter of months, Cebu's busy streets will be adorned with colorful banners and festive decors. That famous drum beat will start ringing in people's ears, announcing good times are coming.
If you are planning to join the festivities for the very first time, you definitely need to gear up for you are about to experience probably the craziest weekend of your life. To help you get ready for Sinulog, here are some tips worth noting:
Put on your comfiest pair of footwear
Most of the major roads and highways will be closed during the Sinulog weekend because of the street parade and parties so, you are in for a whole lot of walking. For the ladies, let your sky-high heels rest for the weekend. Go for a sturdy pair of flip-flops or your favorite sneakers. Guys, Sinulog is the best time to strut your kicks or your sandals. Wearing your trusted running shoes wouldn't be such a bad idea, too.
Lather on some sunscreen
You will be pretty much be out and about the whole day, so, although it often rains during this time of year, it doesn't hurt to protect your skin with something that has SPF in it. You don't want a bad sunburn to ruin your weekend, do you? As what they say, prevention is always better than cure. Give your skin some love and be a little generous with your sunscreen!
Wear clothes that you wouldn't mind not seeing/using again
Note that it's the Sinulog Weekend, not New York Fashion Week. It is best that you leave your designer clothes safely tucked in your closet unless you want them to get painted or stained on because people will more likely to splatter paint on you. That is what usually happens during this crazy, fun-filled weekend. The safest ensemble to wear during Sinulog? A really comfy shirt made of breathable material paired with some shorts.
For you to fully enjoy everything this festival, you need to make sure that you load up on water. You don't have to worry because there are plenty of vendors everywhere that sell mineral water and even some of those sports drinks. So, drink up!
Invest in quality water-proof cases for your gadgets
It's going to be a wet and wild street party on Sinulog. People might shower you with all sort of liquids from beer to even tequila. Just to be sure, protect your cellphones, cameras, iPads, and other gizmos. If you are little tight on the monetary side, you can use Ziploc. Just bring extra because it gets torn quite easily.
And there you have it, folks! These are just some of the basic things that you need to know to survive your first Sinulog Festival experience. Of course, don't forget to have fun and enjoy everything that Cebu has got to offer during this time of year.
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Viva Pit Senyor!