The Untold Story About The Faith and Courage of the Sinulog Festival
Cebu City, Philippines – Celebrating the Philippines mother of all festivals. The Sinulog Festival which is celebrated every third Sunday of January.
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The Faith and Courage
A true story that needs to be told during 2015 Sinulog Grand Parade. I volunteered to be part of the Sinulog crowd control personnel assigned along Osmeña Boulevard Harrison Park Cebu. I noticed a puppeteer participant acting very unusual wobbling around which I think in the first place is managed by a drunk man. So then I called up two of my colleagues to check and verify it. To my surprise we found out to be an old man carrying his heavy puppet that is made of some sort of bamboo and wooden materials in it. He looks so very tired that He carried it alone from Robinson’s Fuente Osmeña circle area. Just about 800 meters away from Harrison Park. I ask the man if he is alone. He answered me that “He has two other friends with him but they left to get some food and water but then they never came back.”
We offered him a bottle of water and some food while he is being interviewed by a freelance photographer and later found out that the old man is from Labangon, Cebu. He does participated in Sinulog each year as an offering to Senyor Santo Niño. I asked the man for the last time if He can still make it through the Grand Stage and replied “Yes!” but I think He can’t do it alone we are about a thousand meters away from the sports complex. So, We carried his Puppet with my two other colleagues all the way to Abellana National High School but one of our colleague left us half way. It’s not a joke. It was too heavy that you can never imagine. We are having a hard time walking and carrying those with less vision.
Upon entering the Abellana National High School our ID’s is only limited in the parade route only but not inside the Grand Stage so I tried to talk to the officers in-charge and told them about the situation just to let us in.
While we were inside the Oval. I asked the man again if He can manage it by himself across the Grand Stage. Again, He replied “Yes!” but I am not really too confident with it if He really can. I called an ROTC officer and asked him a favor to assists the man carry his Puppet across the stage. Without any hesitations. He then hurriedly called a few cadets to assists. He made it through the stage but I left right after then, since I need to report back in our command posts. I had a mixed of emotions looking back. But I feel so happy to have helped the old man.