Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Richness of Philippines Culture- Mellow Yellow Monday, Blue Monday and Ruby Tuesday

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Just last week many Filipinos devoted themselves to the celebrations they inherited from  Spanish heritage. Catholicism is one of the most important among this heritage and it influenced Filipino's  tradition and culture.

The Santo Niño celebration is one of the most common celebration that depicts the blended  Ancient Filipino culture and Spanish influence. According to history Magellan's troop presented this "Niño"  to Raha Humabon and Reyna Maria as a token  for their hospitality that made Magellan's troop penetrate the island of Cebu. This couple was then baptized and known to be the first Roman Catholic Filipino during Magellan's expedition.

Today, many Filipinos especially Cebuanos ( people of Cebu Philippines) still commemorate the event every 2nd week of January. The highlight of their celebration is the street dancing which is known as "Sinulog". Colorful clothes and props are used to display the richness of their  tradition.

But, a childish question popped out in my mind.. Why is it many people even the government spend lavishly for  events like this while many are hungry and have not eaten a meal.


Colorful Props during " Sinulog"
This is posted for Mellow Yellow Monday, Blue Monday, and Ruby Tuesday! For more posts of MYM, BM, and RT just link here!


Vernz said...

wow, it's been a while I had not attended Sinulog.. missed the sights and sounds... Pit Senyor!

Mellow yellow here

gengen said...

Oh i never saw any sinulog before.. Happy MYM!

Liz said...

Wow, how colorful!

My Mellow Yellow.

Cafe au lait said...

I've never seen it live. Hopefully next year I'll be able to visit.

imriz said...

love the colors here...i agree, govt allots budget for fiestas, etc...for all people to celebrate and to remember every politician during elections:)))

Roxxy said...

haay kakamis this occassion, the fun and the food..=)..thanks for posting

Mona said...

very colorful, how i wish we can watch it live :)

SmilingSally said...

I suppose because it's good for everyone to laugh and play.

Happy Blue Monday, Junneth.

Becca said...

Wow, those colors are so bright! I haven't been to a parade in a really long time!

inday_adin said...

This is just beautiful and every Sinulog season, I get excited to tune in on the TV and watch the Sinulog. It is our town's Sinulog celebration as well in Isabel, Leyte. Beautiful photos!

I get your point and it is sad though that while some of us are celebrating, others are in terrible condition and in hunger and pain. I don't know why life has to be that way. Great photos!

Adin B

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Very colorful and so interesting the culture.

My Ruby Tuesday Link

Hope you have a glorious day.

Becky said...

How beautiful! I would love to see this someday. And in answer to your question, I'm reminded of this poem:

If thou of fortune be bereft
And in thy store there be but left
Two loaves, sell one and with the dole
Buy hyacinths to feed thy soul.

Celebrations like this remind us of our culture, our heritage and why we want to go on. If we only exist, what is there to live for? There needs to be a balance of feeding both body and soul.

chubskulit said...

That's a gorgeous costume sis!

My Ruby Tuesday, hope you can come and see. Thanks in advance!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...


The seekers of rubies and poppies and reds
Won’t spend a spare second asleep in their beds,
Afraid that they’ll miss a rubicund sight
Or something that’s scarlet, flaming at night.

© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Devilish Red

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Anonymous said...

Your photos are just right to the memes ;-)
About the spending money, I don't think they would go to the poors, if they stop paying to this celebrations!

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