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    Posted February 3, 2013 by
    cebu city, Philippines
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    Sinulog Festival 2013


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     rolangarcia captured these colorful photos of the Sinulog Festival in Cebu City, Philippines on January 19. "I was totally overwhelmed and grateful to be part of this grand festival and witness how rich our culture is," he says. "You'll see a lot of colors, emotions and people from different walks of life." His third photo was selected as CNN's Travel Photo of the Day for April 15, 2013.
    - Anika3, CNN iReport producer

    The Sinulog is an annual festival held on the third Sunday of January in Cebu City. The festival commemorates the Filipino people's pagan origin, and their acceptance of Roman Catholicism. It is one of the grandest festival in the Philippines. The festival features some the country's most colorful displays of ceremony and pageantry: participants clothe in bright-colored costumes dance to the rhythm of drums and native gongs.

    The word Sinulog comes from the Cebuano adverb sulog which roughly means "like water current movement;" it describes the forward-backward movement of the Sinulog dance. The dance consists of two steps forward and one step backward, done to the sound of drums. The dance is categorized into Sinulog-base, Free-Interpretation. Candle vendors at the Basilica continue to perform the traditional version of the dance when lighting a candle for the customer, usually accompanied by songs in the native language.
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