It was my first time to attend the Grand Bambino Festival of Pasig City although I’ve been living here in Pinagbuhatan, Pasig City for quite some time. The Grand Bambino Festival of Pasig City is now on its 13th year and it is Pasig City’s version of the Sinulog Festival, in honor of the Child Jesus (a.k.a. Sto. Nino).
As a photographer, the Grand Bambino Festival is a great venue to practice street portraiture and events photography. There were several subjects of the Sto. Nino and the devotees. As a tourist though (first time to attend) I find the Bambino Festival of Pasig City quite tiring because the distance between each barangay is quite long.
In fact, it took more than 2 hours to see the majority of the floats (we were unable to finish it). Not to mention that half of the street along Caruncho Avenue is occupied by the participants while the rest is occupied by the viewers. I wish there was a rope to segregate the participants and the viewers so that photographers will have a better vantage point (and breathing space). Also, the organizers should have limited the number of participants in each barangay (and school) to shorten the parade and to give emphasis on the float.
Overall, I was able to get some good shots of the event. I hope the organizers next year would take note of the suggestions I’ve given here to elevate the status of the Grand Bambino Festival as a festival similar in quality to the MassKara, Panagbenga and Sinulog.