The family spent the recent long weekend with a visit to Cebu City.

It wasn’t much but we all enjoyed the much-needed break. And time to meet up with relatives.

Here’s what I got…

The much welcome, traffic-free, toll-free express drive south to the bustling municipality of Minglanilla, 15 kms away, via the newly-completed tunnel section of the Cebu South Coastal Road.

What used to take like a one-hour drive from the city to Minglanilla we managed to make in only 15 minutes! Whew!

The tunnel passes underneath historic Plaza Independencia near the city’s harbor section and leads unto the scenic Cebu South Coastal Road which stretches all the way to Talisay City.

Above, Brgy. Pasil, Cebu City viewed while driving along the coastal road

The South Road Properties along the coastal road is the area where Shoe Mart plans to build its next giant mall to rival the Mall of Asia!

Below, shots taken at Park Lane, the hotel where the family stayed – a stone’s throw away from the Ayala Terraces commercial center…

 

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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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