Stampede at Sinulog one day? – just wait it is possible.
More rubbish into the environment – yes
More pollution of the oceans – yes
As we come up to 2016 and the approaching Sinulog 2016 there are some things that leave me uneasy. I’ve often thought that there will be a bad, bad stampede of people of Mecca style stamped proportions one day. The flow of people at Sinulog by day has been getting better in the years but at night, its mad … and I mean, there are some streets where it is an uncontrolled crush and the police are just standing by watching people pushing from behind. I have seen the crush push people over a peanut vendors bike, totally buckling it.
This is a heads up that you don’t direct foot traffic to areas where you have 4 way directions converging in behind Mango Square at night. All you need is a fight or gunshot and thats it. The crowd will stampede.
Mini Stampedes have happened in the past – In 2007 http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/27679/news/regions/3-kids-hurt-in-brief-stampede-at-cebu-sinulog-fest and here http://cebudavao.com/festivals/unbelievable-harmony-among-cebuanos-during-the-sinulog-festival/attachment/sinulog-2015-at-mango-almost-got-into-a-stampede/
and there is concern to be worried about drunk filipinos and guns – there were shoot outs at after parties in previous years.
I went once to a Fluvial Parade which is where the Sto. Nino is bought in by boat. What shocked me but was of no surprise as Filipino’s don’t cherish the gifts god gave them was the amount of rubbish being dumped on the beach! It was disgusting. Vendors were going around selling drinks in small plastic bags and straws, food, chip wrappers and more and there were no rubbish bins. What is wrong with these people? Are they really thanking god for the gifts or the being greedy fucking pigs they are and asking for more gifts. People have no shame in dropping their rubbish on the ground at the same time saying thanks to the Lord?
If the church wants to do something positive;
- Better streaming of crowd flow needs to happen at night especially in the areas behind Mango Square – not just during the day time.
- Push a ban on balloons being let off from Sto. Nino Bascillica on the main mass day of Sinulog. The church needs to lead by example. They show no care when it comes to environmental matters.
- The Department of Environment needs to crack down on Fluvial Parades. Nothing is being done about the rubbish from hundreds of people attending events all around Cebu in the leadup to the Grand Sinulog festival in Cebu City itself.
- Theres not much you can do about the stupidity of Filipino’s and how they care little for the environment at Fluvial Parades. As they say “you can’t legislate against stupid” but if Fluvial Parades are held they need to have clean up systems in place. Compulsory.
Filipino’s have no intelligence when it comes to the environment.Published in