SLIDESHOW: Sinulog 2013

Posted at 01/23/13 10:27 PM

The colorful Sinulog 2013 parade in Cebu again drew millions, impressing travelers who came from all over the Philippines and even abroad.

Energetic performers from different areas of Cebu competed in the Grand Parade, showcasing not only their dancing prowess but also their creativity in costumes and designs.

Sinulog, which comes from the root word “sulog,” meaning “to move like water,” began in the 1980s when the provincial government decided to hold a festival that would honor the patron saint Sto. Niño.

The image of the Sto. Niño, however, traces its roots all the way to the time of Ferdinand Magellan 492 years ago. Magellan was believed to have brought the first image of the child Jesus to the islands as a present to the queen of Cebu.

The modern festival has now grown into a full-blown mardi gras rivaling the dance festivals Dinagyang in Iloilo and Ati-atihan in Aklan.

View the slideshow to get a glimpse of this year's Sinulog festival.