When I heard some incredibly loud chorus of drums and chanting, I got off. There was a grandstand, but all of the tickets had been sold so I just stood behind the crowd getting a small glimpse of the performance. They called this the Dinagyang Festival which occurs here during the 4th week in January---lucky me. I continued on until I reached Iznart St. There I saw several groups along the street lined up to enter these area where they would perform their dances in front of the grandstand.
There were lots of crowds, food stalls and souvenier sales folks along this street as well as three or four other parallel streets where they had other performance areas in front of other grandstands.
The Dinagyang festival celebrats Santo Nino and is much like a mardi gras party with tribes from all over the Philippines compete for a 175,000 peso prize. Included in the parade were also several corportations like Pepsi, local food chains, mobile phone companies, etc.
There were also floats of hugh tree houses, monsters, monkey filled trees and woodland creatures.
Here I am with one of the ram characters--not sure if this was a guy or gal though.
Just as the parade ended, we had a huge rainstorm that got everybody running for cover. I just retreated to a local Resto bar for some bbqd chicken, calamari, and fried eggplant washed down with a San Miguel. I then returned to my Riverside Inn hotel that had doubled the room rate during the festival to 1765 pesos for the night.
Early tomorrow, I fily to the Palawan Islands by Cebu Air at a cost of 1961 pesos--about $40 for an hour flight.