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Cebu News

Foreigners, locals enjoy revelry

Michael Vencynth H. Braga and May Miasco/NSA - The Freeman

CEBU, Philippines – “We love Philippines. We are having fun here in Cebu."

This was how the foreign visitors who flew in just for the Sinulog festival described their experience while indulging in the festive atmosphere yesterday.

"This is actually my second time, and I'm enjoying it. Lovely people, very welcoming," shared Gerard Kelly from Dublin, Ireland.

He said aside from visiting his Cebuana fiancé, he was attracted to witness once more Cebu's grandest festival because of the fun-loving Cebuanos and the colorful parade.

Kelly further lauded the brisk tourism in the province and expressed intention to settle down here.

"We went on seeing the whale shark. That was a good experience. Very nice place," he added.

Dennis Mae from Germany also shared the same experience during the festival as well as the hospitality of the Cebuanos.

With his wife, he plans to explore Malapascua Island in Daanbantayan, famous for diving, before leaving the country.

For first-timer Korean national Masato and company, the festive atmosphere of the Sinulog is "special."

Masato said despite being crowded, they were able to witness the colorful dance presentations and tour around the busy city to experience something new.

"People here are so amiable. I like the kindness especially the kids," he said.

Peter Adebamur from Nigeria said it was also his first time to experience the festivity, though he has been in the Philippines for almost two years to continue his studies.

"Today, I came here to witness myself. I can see everyone so busy and excited. I am also impressed with the party," he said.

He added that the Philippines is a great place with friendly and hospitable people.

Sinulog festival is an annual cultural event in Cebu and has been a tourist attraction.

Locals have fun too

As grand parade contingents showcased their art in dancing, henna tattoo artists showed off their skill yesterday.

A local henna tattoo artist expressed that painting henna tattoo for revelers is not only a kind of business; it is also a form of art.

Dennis Loberanes, of Tabunok, Talisay City, said they started the business six years ago with a group of tattoo artists.

"Sa una nga mo-apil mi og Sinulog, makakita mi sa ubang mga henna artist. Nakit-an pud namo sa mga tawo nga hilig pud sila ug henna, mao to nga nakahuna-huna mi nga pwede siguro makakwarta mi ani," said the 33-year old tattoo artist.

His group comprises of relatives who also possess skills in tattooing.

He said revelers, oftentimes, love to get designs like tribal patterns, zodiac signs or gothic lettering, which they also do.

"Panginabuhi ni amo pero dili man pud ka makakwarta ani kung wala kay skill ani," said Loberanes.

He added that this has also become part of the revelers' enjoyment during every annual festival.

Like Hazel Jade Rabor, a 15-year-old high school student, who traveled for long hours from San Fernando town, also got to experience the Sinulog activities.

Getting a henna tattoo was also part of her adventure yesterday.

"I am super happy and fulfilled, dili ma-explain nga naka-celebrate mi sa Pista sa Senyor, Pit Senyor!" exclaimed Rabor, who came to Cebu with a friend. — (FREEMAN)

CEBU CEBUANOS DENNIS LOBERANES DENNIS MAE GERARD KELLY LIKE HAZEL JADE RABOR MALAPASCUA ISLAND MASATO PETER ADEBAMUR SINULOG
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