Sporting a Barong for the Dumaguete Santacruzan Parade

Dumaguete Santacruzan Parade: Wanna Be Famous?



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At one of the provincial tourism meetings I’ve attended in Dumaguete I was asked to be an escort for Santacruzan Parade in May. I was surprised to be invited, so I said “yes” right away. After getting my traditional Barong Tagalog pressed (a going away present from my friend Kenny Mendez) and borrowing a pair of black dress pants from friend JM Aguilar I was set to go. Once I arrived at the City Hall, I was paired up with Maila Hermosa, a nurse from Dumaguete. Walking the parade route as a quasi-celebrity has to be one of the highlights of my time here.

  • Dumaguete Santacruzan Parade - May 2005

    Dumaguete Santacruzan Parade - May 2005
    When I arrived at Dumaguete's City Hall on the afternoon of the Santacruzan Festival, it was all decked with a stage and banners.

  • Dumaguete Santacruzan Parade - May 2005

    Dumaguete Santacruzan Parade - May 2005
    I think some people might have wondered if I might be some sort of tv guy from America (for the record, I'm not).

  • Dumaguete Santacruzan Parade - May 2005

    Dumaguete Santacruzan Parade - May 2005
    The guys all wore the formal Filipino dress shirt called a barong; it's the equivalent of a tuxedo back home.

  • Dumaguete Santacruzan Parade - May 2005

    Dumaguete Santacruzan Parade - May 2005
    As I passed Dumaguete's Dunkin Donuts, I was starting to get the hang of my parade waving technique. By the way, my swanky Barong Tagalog was a going away present from my friend Kenny Mendez, courtesy of www.mybarong.com.

  • Dumaguete Santacruzan Parade - May 2005

    Dumaguete Santacruzan Parade - May 2005
    The Dumaguete police kept everything running smoothly.

  • Dumaguete Santacruzan Parade - May 2005

    Dumaguete Santacruzan Parade - May 2005
    Even though it was in the middle of a tropical summer day, the parade was really fun. We walked the entire length of the main street in Dumaguete (probably about three miles) in long sleeves, black pants and dress shoes.

  • Dumaguete Santacruzan Parade - May 2005

    Dumaguete Santacruzan Parade - May 2005
    Periodically this Dumaguete traffic policeman would force the crowd back with his motorcycle. I'm trying to find a way to get one of those Dumaguete traffic shirts, I think they're pretty sweet.

  • Dumaguete Santacruzan Parade - May 2005

    Dumaguete Santacruzan Parade - May 2005
    The guy in front of Maila and I was one of the tv show guys from Manila. I don't really watch any tv here, so I'm not sure what show he is on. The crowd definitely recognized him though.

  • Dumaguete Santacruzan Parade - May 2005

    Dumaguete Santacruzan Parade - May 2005
    It was pretty hard to not have a great time at the parade, it's definitely one of the highlights of my time here.

  • Dumaguete Santacruzan Parade - May 2005

    Dumaguete Santacruzan Parade - May 2005
    The crowd gathered along Dumaguete's Rizal Boulevard waterfront was packed in all the way up to the acacia trees.

  • Dumaguete Santacruzan Parade - May 2005

    Dumaguete Santacruzan Parade - May 2005
    The parade ended with all of the couples being introduced in front of the gathered crowd on the City Hall stage.

  • Dumaguete Santacruzan Parade - May 2005

    Dumaguete Santacruzan Parade - May 2005
    The first order of business was to get "pertyfied" by the make up artist. In this photo I'm having a chalky complexion applied to my face.

  • Dumaguete Santacruzan Parade - May 2005

    Dumaguete Santacruzan Parade - May 2005
    This celebrity-type was texting some people while he was waiting to be called up for his interview.

  • Dumaguete Santacruzan Parade - May 2005

    Dumaguete Santacruzan Parade - May 2005
    The program concluded with a dance competition.

  • Dumaguete Santacruzan Parade - May 2005

    Dumaguete Santacruzan Parade - May 2005
    Yup, he even used lipstick.

  • Dumaguete Santacruzan Parade - May 2005

    Dumaguete Santacruzan Parade - May 2005
    Everyone who was in the parade waited in the City Hall for the festivities to start up.

  • Dumaguete Santacruzan Parade - May 2005

    Dumaguete Santacruzan Parade - May 2005
    Does it look like everyone in this photo is wearing makeup?

  • Dumaguete Santacruzan Parade - May 2005

    Dumaguete Santacruzan Parade - May 2005
    Maila Hermosa and I were matched up to be one of the couples in the parade. Maila graduated from Silliman with a nursing degree and now works in one of Dumaguete's hospitals.

  • Dumaguete Santacruzan Parade - May 2005

    Dumaguete Santacruzan Parade - May 2005
    I felt sort of like a celebrity must feel as we walked through the streets of Dumaguete that were thronged with crowds. There were some "real" celebrities from Manila's soap operas, the camera in this photo is probably pointed at them.

  • Dumaguete Santacruzan Parade - May 2005

    Dumaguete Santacruzan Parade - May 2005
    The Bell Tower on the main street in Dumaguete was a primo spot to watch the parade go by.

  • Dumaguete Santacruzan Parade - May 2005

    Dumaguete Santacruzan Parade - May 2005
    Each couple has a wooden frame on wheels with their names on it and two guys are in charge of scootering the apparatus down the road.