LET’S face it. Not everyone has fun during the Sinulog Grand Parade. So, they decide to stay indoors, lock themselves up in their room, watch TV, and rot the day away. To them, this is far more enjoyable than mixing it up with the madding Sinulog crowd. Still it doesn’t make their Sinulog any less blah.
There are several ways, though, to spare yourself a disastrously uneventful Sinulog without costing you an arm and a leg. Here are simple ways to enjoy your Sinulog weekend in down-to-earth, and also perhaps, meaningful fashion.
Bike or drive to a quiet place. One good destination on the outskirts of the metropolis would be the lighthouse at Bagacay Point in Liloan town, Cebu. Let the seascape inspire you; enjoy some quiet time, and breathe as much salty air as you can.
Climb a tree. Find a tree that won’t stretch your limits but still offer a potentially refreshing view. Apart from reliving how great your tree-climbing childhood was, this not-so-routine activity is an exercise in seeing the world from a different perspective. You’d be surprised.
Go fish. Okay, fishing can be quite a challenge in saltwater, so thanks to this great idea hatched by an entrepreneur in Liloan, anyone, young and old, can fish to his heart’s content in the freshwater ponds of Co Jordan Talaba and Bangus Farm. You rent a thin bamboo pole with a nylon line, sinker and hooks, plus bait that looks like pudding, and you’re good to go fish. Just a warning though: you need to pay for your catch of fresh, live bangus.
Transcentral Highway lechon. Drive to Barangay Cantipla along the Transcentral Highway for one objective only: lechon for lunch. You’ll find this stall that sells mountain-roasted pig on weekends alongside those that sell boiled sweet corn and fresh produce. This is one good drive that deserves a good meal.
End the day with some good music. Okay, just because you’ve had a quiet day communing with nature doesn’t mean you can’t inject some beautiful noise in your Sinulog evenings. Why not head to some of the less intimidating bars that actually play good music, like Handuraw, tonight, where several bands including this really good one based in Manila, Read Between The Lions, will be playing? Then again, if togsh-togsh-togsh music is your kind of music, nobody’s stopping you. So have fun. (Freon L. Ollival)