Sinulog 2014 Grand Parade winners named

CEBU CITY (Updated, 4:53 p.m.) — The winners of the Sinulog 2014 Grand Parade were announced Monday afternoon at the Cebu City Sports Complex.

Below is the list of the winners.

A. Street Dancing Category
First Place — Lumad Basakanon

Second Place — Tangub City’s Sinanduloy Cultural Troupe
Third Place — Kulturang Placereño of Masbate Dance Troupe-Placer, Masbate

B. Free Interpretation Category
First Place — Lumad Basakanon

Second Place — Tribu Himag-ulaw (Placer, Masbate)

Third Place — Abellana National School

Fourth Place — Tribu Subanen (Plaridel, Misamis Occidental)

Fifth Place — Banay Talambanon (Talamban Elem. School)

Best in Musicality — The Land of Beauty and Bounty (Province of Lanao del Norte)
Best in Costume – Lumad Basakanon

C. Sinulog-Based Category
First Place — Kulturang Placereno

Second Place — Tangub City’s Sinanduloy Cultural Troupe

Third Place — Municipality of Tuburan 

Fourth Place — Carcar City Division

Fifth Place — Talisay City Central School

Best in Costume and Musicality — Tangub City’s Sinanduloy Cultural Troupe

D. On-Site Decor Category
First Place — Mariane G. Canete, E-mall

Second Place — Global Business Power Corporation-Metrobank Jones

Third Place — Glojam Town Apartelle

E. Visual Merchandising Category
First Place — Marian G. Canete, E-Mall
Second Place — Gaisano Capital South
Third Place — Metro Colon

F. Higante Category
First Place — H-14 Edwardo Manares (Sinulog Reveler)
Second Place — H-06 Giovani Abos

Third Place — H-01 Josielyn Buligan (Festival Queen)

G. Float Category
First Place — Bamboo Bay Community/Contempo Property Holdings, Inc. 
(F-05)
Second Place — Lactobiotics Worldwide Corp. 
 (F-18)
Third Place — IPI, Casino Femme Ethyl Alcohol (F-31)

H. Puppetters Category
First Place — Angelique Marie G. Aranas (P-07)

Second Place — Nino Ruben N. Mateo (P-01)

Third Place — Orly Johnson Fuentes (P-04)

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What is Sinulog?

Cebu (aka ‘Sugbo‘) is a historical province of the Philippines.  Also known as the Queen City of the South, important landmarks and festivals that entail stories of the past is nothing new to the history-filled Sugbo.

The Sinulog Festival, being one of the most admirable and grand festivals in the Philippines, boasts a parade of flashing colors, dancing, fun and talent.  The Cebu Sinulog Celebration bears the Cebuano pride and is a great means of experiencing the city’s people and culture.

But how did Sinulog Sugbo all start?

Many believe that the name of the festival – “Sinulog” comes from the Visayan term “Sug” or “Sulog” that translates to “flowing water” or  “current”(water) in English. “Sinug” is also considered to be another Cebuano term for the feast wherein ‘L’ is not enunciated  – a common thing in the Cebuano language especially in the city.  The distinguished Philippine’ Festival is basically a dance ritual that involves a ‘two steps forward, two steps forward’ foot work.

This annual feast is celebrated every January to commemorate Cebu’s irreligious origin and its acknowledgement of Christianity, specifically Roman Catholicism.

According to Estelita ‘Titang’ Diola, who is known and believed to be the keeper of Sinulog’s distinctive dance steps and beat, the original Sinulog Celebration consisted of a ritual that portrayed the division and rivalry of the Muslims and the Christians that sooner became united with the help and of Señor Sto. Niño.

The devotion of the people to Señor Sto. Niño has grown throughout the years and the celebration has also evolved into more than just being about devotion although faith is still the core  ground of the whole event.  Sinulog has become a grand event that showcases culture to help boost tourism in the city/province as well.  The fact remains though that there is more to just the showcase and the popularity of the festival.  The significance of the dance and the entire event is mainly a tribute to the people’s love and gratitude to Sr. Sto. Niño.

History of Cebu.

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The historic province of Cebu is the political, economic, educational and cultural center of Central Philippines. It is the second biggest metropolis after Metro Manila in the north, and as such provides all modern, fast-paced amenities of city life while essentially remaining true to its course as a breezy Pacific island paradise.

Cebu was where Spanish navigator Ferdinand Magellan first proclaimed Iberian ownership over what would later become known as the Philippine islands.

As the country’s oldest colonial city, Cebu was the country’s most important bastion of development next only to Intramuros in Manila. Its long history as an outpost of Spanish rule in the South has given Cebu a diverse array of heritage sites, from massive vintage charges to traditional religious festivals like Sinulog, from well preserved colonial streets to a cuisine rich in east-meets-west influences.

Cebu is also a cosmopolitan city, and as such, has an exciting nightlife and varied entertainment options. For those in search of outdoor adventures, the island’s surrounding beaches and mountainous areas offer opportunities for diving, trekking, sailing, extreme sports, or plain lounging around in well-appointed resorts.