“Viva Pit Señor!” as soon as the first of the passengers deplane, the drum starts beating and the dancers groove energetically to welcome our kababayans from different parts of the world, who have come home to celebrate the feast of the Senor Sto. Niño and to join in the festivities of Sinulog 2015.
The newly-arrived balikbayans stop to watch the dancers with smiles on their faces while waiting to be fetched by their family. Some can’t help but join in the dancing while some content themselves with taking pictures or just simply savoring the excitement in the air that only Sinulog can bring. This airport’s Sinulog grand welcome for balikbayans was started by the Cebu City Government back in 2004.
According to Josephine Catalina, 42, a balikbayan from Canada, their whole family is here in Cebu to witness the festival. They were also here last year, wherein they were able to watch the Grand Parade as well as enjoy different activities. This year, they are expecting to have new adventures and rack up new experiences.
Anabelle Yu 28, a balikbayan from Australia, said, “it has always been a tradition na pupunta kami sa Cebu every year para mag simba at panata na kasi namin ng aking husband.”
As for Cray Anthony Esguerra 29, a balikbayan from Tokyo, Japan, “Cebu remains as my second home, I love the food and the culture, the people are accommodating. Truly I believe that it’s more fun in Cebu.”
Not only the balikbayans and foreign tourists come to Cebu for the Sinulog, but Filipinos from other parts of the country as well. John Q. Lastimosa, who hails from Nueva Ecija, said that he keeps coming back to Cebu because “ang raming i-look forward sa Cebu and this Sinulog. Excited na kami with my friends na maki party everywhere.”
Louise Bolton, 32, from Makati City , for her part, said “I always love coming back to Cebu, not just the place but the people itself, very welcoming.”