Philippines is known for its blended infusion of cultures from different countries. However, having colonized by the Spaniards for almost 300 years, I must say, the Spanish influences are the most predominant in many aspects of Philippine culture including language, music, fashion, cooking, and the most prevalent, the Catholic religion.
Every third Sunday of January, an annual festival called Sinulog is being celebrated in many parts of the country. The festival commemorates the Filipino people’s pagan origin, and their acceptance of Roman Catholicism. The main feature is a street parade with participants wearing colored costumes dancing to the rhythm of drums, trumpets, and native gongs. (Wikipedia)
As a spectator, I have always been enamored by its pageantry and beauty. Having said that, I remain to this day bemused that no one has taken me or invited me to take part and be an all-star in this great gala. 😛
“A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and the soul of its people” – by Mahatma Gandhi
Note: I took this picture during the Philippine Festival 2012 held in Tampa, Fl.