The Sto. Niño Shrine in Tacloban City (is it really a shrine or something else? It has been renamed the Romualdez Museum) means differently to a lot of Filipinos. For those who have been inside, some (mostly Warays), view it as a legacy of Imelda Marcos; for others, it is an icon of the excesses of the Marcos dynasty.

Having seen it before and after the Marcos years, now it is but a bare picture of what it was before. It is in such a sorry state some things are literally falling apart.

Still under the custody and management by the PCGG, this is how the place looks today.

Photos taken January 23 & 24, 2011.

Imelda Marcos’ bedroom

Imelda’s bathroom

President Marcos’ bedroom

To my knowledge, the first family never slept here.

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Here’s a couple of photos taken on the side around Cebu City during the Sinulog Festival 2011…

Colon St: The oldest street in the Philippines.

What’s going on?! The little one peeps out and wanders what the commotion outside is all about…

A member of the San Diego Dance Company hurrying up for a Sinulog number.

At the Cebu International Convention Center: guests rushing in and out.

At the Radisson Blu: Sunshine peeping thru on a mostly overcast and drizzling day.

Flooded streets threaten to isolate fruit vendors.

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It was a drizzling Sinulog 2011 but, nope, this didn’t dampen a bit the infectious fever Sinulog brings about…

I was able to take a couple of photos albeit not as many as I would have hoped for, not only because of the gloomy weather but owing more to my having undergone a laser procedure a few days earlier to help correct a problem with my shooting eye.

The intermittent rain no doubt made me miss a lot of great performances by other contingents; oftentimes one would be trapped behind a throng of people seeking immediate shelter.

Here are a few highlights of the Sinulog 2011 Grand Parade taken at the main performance venue, the Cebu City Sports Complex.

No less than President Noynoy Aquino graced the affair as newly-installed Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma led Sugbuanons and the thousands of guests in celebrating the Sinulog Mass, January 16, 2011.

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It was a wet Sinulog 2011.

While old folks say a slight drizzle almost always happens during the land procession held the day before the Garnd Parade, this year, it poured liberally drenching thousands of Sto. Niño devotees who joined the annual religious event and flooding some of the city’s major thoroughfares.

Nonetheless, this did not dampen at all the fervor and spirit of the participants.

Pit Senyor!

The scene at the historical Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño of Cebu, during the start of the land procession on January 15, 2011…

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