The biggest and grandest festival in Cebu and in the whole Philippines – Sinulog Festival! It is the celebration of the Feast of the Saint Niño, the Filipino representation of little boy Jesus in Cebu. Sinulog also commemorates the time when the statue of the Saint Niño was given to the King and Queen of Cebu when Spaniards came to the island in 1521, making it the oldest image of Roman Catholic in the Philippines.
Sinulog Festival is annually celebrated on the 3rd Sunday of January. The festival lasts nine days and ends with the Sinulog Grand Parade where participants all over the country take part in 3 contest categories: The Free Interpretation, The Sinulog Base Group, and The Street Dancing Group. The 12-hour grand parade with all its grandeur and exquisite details is considered to be the main tourist attraction of the Sinulog Festival. Big bouncy costume, parade floats, and music from marching bands fill the streets with color and life – making the it comparable to the Mardi Gras.
Many people from all over the world join the Cebuanos in huge processions, mass at the Basilica de Sto. Niño, fluvial parades in the early hours of the day, and festive dancing in the streets the whole day. The positive energy of people dancing with colorful paint and big bright smiles on their faces add to the festiveness of the event.
Highlights of Sinulog Festival 2017:
- Miss Cebu 2017 Coronation Night – January 11th, Wednesday
- Sinulog 2017 Idol Grand Finals – January 12th, Thursday
- Sinulog Festival Queen 2017 Coronation Night – January 13th, Friday
- Sinulog 2017 Fluvial and Solemn Procession – January 14th, Saturday
- Sinulog 2017 Grand Parade and Street Party – January 15th, Sunday
Note: Abovementioned schedule is still subject to change and will be updated upon official release.
Sinulog Festival is indeed a great opportunity to immerse in some of the Filipinos’ culture and traditions. It is also a good inclusion to your itinerary if you are planning to visit other tourist destinations in the nearby province(s). Join in the festivities and be one with the crowd as it chants in unison “Viva, Pit Señor!”