Cebu-Sugbo 777 EB at D’ Family Park
Originally uploaded by CrasHBURN
July 7, 2007 or 777 only comes once in a lifetime so the group decided to have a photoshoot meet. After a discussion with the other members in the group it was decided to have the EB at D’ Family Park in Talamban. It was a rainy day yesterday and I thought the meeting was going to be canceled. It was already 4pm and the rain was still quite heavy. I texted Farl and I asked him if the meet was going to push through as it was raining and he told me that they are already heading to D’ Family park and will be arriving in 10 mins. I looked outside but the rain was still pretty heavy. I was lying in my bed thinking if I should go or not. Then Kulas texted me asking where the people were as they were already in Family Park. That time the rain was starting to dwindle so I took out my camera bag and jacket then headed outside.
After arriving in Family Park there was Farl, Dia, Jenny, Kulas and Rico waiting for the others to arrive. The same people that usually shows up during Cebu-Sugbo Flickr meet. We thought that the others would not show up again then after awhile we saw Lito Inso aka crasHBURN then Marvin aka mab888. We headed towards the mini zoo but the weather was just not good for shooting. It was dark and the sky was gloomy. I just ended up watching the animals in their cages.
Other members of the group then started to arrive like Paolo MaÃ±alac, Harry, Martin and 3 other members who I met for the first time. The group decided to have dinner in Neo2x Banilad to have a talk and get to know the other members of the group.
Old members like couple Gerald and Janice Yuvallos also came. Joseph Ong who just came from a photoshoot in SM also showed up. It was nice to see new faces. We capped the night with a group shot.
Last Sunday woke up at about 9am and received a text message from Maning inviting me for a photoshoot in Talisay for their Halad Festival. It’s been awhile since I was last able to shoot so I was pretty excited to join him. I got out of bed and prepared myself. We met up at JY square mall before heading out to Talisay.
We arrived in Talisay city around 11am and had to walk in the SRP to get to their City Hall where the celebration was going to be held. The City Hall was kinda quiet when we arrived. We asked some vendors who were setting up their stalls and learned from them that the parade was not gonna start until 2pm.
It was almost 12 noon and we were hungry from all the walking we did. We decided to have lunch in Gaisano Tabunok and we were in time for the parade when we finished our lunch. We headed to the church where the parade was starting. The dancers of the different contingents were already converging in the church grounds and starting to prepare for the streetdancing.
There were only about 8 or 9 contingents taking part in the streetdancing. From the Church they danced their way to the Talisay City Hall passing by SRP. Each contingent then presented in front of the crowd in the City Hall grounds.
Aside from the dancing there was also an Inasal Parade. Talisay City is known for it’s tasty lechon thus the Inasal Parade. Lechon, in different sizes and costumes were paraded. One that particularly caught my attention was the lechon being paraded in a stretcher with a dextrose. It was pretty hilarious. The emcee of the program commented that there’s no longer any need to worry about getting high blood for eating lechon as now it’s the lechon who’s being hospitalized.
The festival ended with some fireworks. The Halad Festival is not a big celebration like the Sinulog and the organizing committee still needs to do a lot of work to make the festival more organized and interesting in the next coming years. Anyhow what’s important is the reason why the festival is being celebrated which is an offering for St. Theresa de Avila the patron saint of Talisay City.