Sinulog (One Beat, One Dance, One Vision!)

Sinulog Festival - Cebu, Philippines 


image of Señor Santo Niño
Señor Santo Niño
Sinulog is an annual event held every 3rd Sunday of January here in Cebu City, Philippines, in honor of  Señor Santo Niño (child Jesus). If you haven't visited Cebu, I recommend you witness this momentous event. This is the most popular festival here in the province of Cebu and one of the grandest events in the Philippines. The capital city of Cebu is flocked with tourists from all over the world including local tourists. Some fellow countrymen, Cebuanos in particular go home at this time of the year to witness the festivity. (Find places to stay in Cebu here)






Sinulog Contingent - Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
Sinulog Contingent - Sinulog 2016

As you already knew, the Philippines is predominantly Catholic but even if you are from another religion, you can still enjoy this event because this isn't only spiritual, there is a cultural side of this, the Sinulog dance competition where contingents from Cebu and other provinces in the Philippines vie for a significant amount of prize. Catholics or non-Catholics flock to the streets to see local celebrities, floats and "higante" (giant) parade and see some contingents dancing in preparation for their actual presentation on the stage at Cebu City Sports Complex. For the past several years, you can see all the contingents performed along the streets of Osmeña Boulevard, Mango Avenue, P. del Rosario St. or on the streets where they are being judged but lately, the judging and presentation is now done at the sports complex.


2017 GRAND CHAMPION - SINULOG BASED

2017 GRAND CHAMPION - FREE INTERPRETATION


SPIRITUAL ASPECT

There is a nine-day Novena Mass prior to the event and on the day before the Grand Parade (Mardi Gras), there is a Fluvial Procession of the miraculous image of Santo Niño from the waters of Lapulapu City (where mother Mary is situated: Nuestra Senora Virgen de Regla) and Mandaue City (where Senor San Jose is situated) to Cebu City where the child Jesus is situated (Senor Santo Nino).

novena mass during sinulog - cebu, philippines

CULTURAL ASPECT

Prior to the Sinulog Mardi Gras, you can hang out to several places in Cebu City where you can mingle with a lot of people from all walks of life. You can check out Ayala Center Cebu, SM City Cebu, Liv Superclub, City Time Square, Crossroads, IT Park, Mango Avenue or just basically anywhere in the city where several pre-Sinulog events are held. Cebu City is in the festive mode during this time of the year. There are also several events prior to the Grand Parade such as Sinulog Idol, "Sinulog Sa Kabataan" and several others including concerts from local and international artists.





With family during Sinulog Festival
With my family during Sinulog, 2014, 2015, 2016

If you want to go here and experience Sinulog, it would be better to check in at your favorite accommodations 3 to 5 days in advance prior to the 3rd Sunday of January so as to enjoy the many events before the Mardi Gras.

THE GRAND PARADE: 
See of people during Sinulog festival
Sinulog 2014
On the day of the Sinulog Mardi Gras, you can expect a sea of people on the streets of Osmeña Boulevard, Mango Avenue, P. del Rosario St, Colon St, F. Ramos St, walking, dancing, piling up to see the contingents, floats, "higante" and some local celebrities paraded on the streets. You can also expect some floats from various companies including the famous one from IPI and "tv/movie" floats where you can see local celebrities starring on those movies/tv shows they are promoting. After the event, there are fireworks display in SM City Cebu and Ayala Center Cebu.


Sinulog Contingent - Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
Photo Credit: Sinulog.ph

Float entry during Sinulog
One of the float entries, Sinulog 2016

RECOMMENDATION
If you are the formal type, the best recommendation for you is to buy a ticket for the entrance so you can watch all the contingents perform at the Grand Stand in Cebu City Sports Complex situated at the back of Abellana National School. You can purchase the Grandstand ticket online here.
Higante entry from one of the participants in Sinulog 2016
"Higante" (giant) entry, Sinulog 2016

WHAT TO EXPECT
Expect to walk, walk and walk as most jeepneys (public transportation) are rerouted, short-routed and some streets near the city center are closed to accommodate the contingents. 






WHAT TO BRING & WHAT TO WEAR
During the Mardi Gras, do wear comfortable clothes and wear a cap/hat if you want, grab a pair of sunglasses and bring a bottle of water to quench your thirst.

Enjoy and have fun! Now is the best time to book a ticket and reserve a room at your hotel of choice here in Cebu, Philippines.

SINULOG 2018 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

  • December 1, 2017 to January 31, 20187 - Street Fair at Osmeña Blvd (Jones Avenue)
  • January 11 - Opening Salvo: Walk with Jesus. Assembly is at 4:00am
  • January 12 - Sinulog 2018 Kick Off/Sinulog Idol Opening. Solemn mass starts at 2:00pm and Sinulog Launching Parade starts at 3:00pm
  • January 13 - Sinulog sa Lalawigan/Sinulog Idol Elimination
  • January 14 - Sinulog Sa Barangay/Sinulog Idol Elimination
  • January 15 - Sinulog Idol Elimination at Robinsons Galleria/Cultural Show & Concert at Plaza Independencia
  • January 16 - Cultural Show & Concert at Plaza Independencia
  • January 17 - Cultural Show, Concert and Music & Comedy Night at Plaza Independencia
  • January 18 - Sinulog Festival Queen/Cultural Show, Variety Show, Sky Night at Plaza Independencia
  • January 19 - Walk with Mary/Cebu-Lapulapu-Mandaue Traslacion/Sinulog Festival Queen Coronation Night/Sinulog Dance Crew Showdown/6 Cyclemind and Banda ni Kleggy at Plaza Independencia starts at 9:00pm
  • January 20 - Fluvial Procession at 6:00am; Mass at St. Joseph National Shrine is at 2:00am/Sinulog Idol Grand Finals at 7:00pm
  • Januray 21 - Mass starts at 4:00am and Holy Mass at Cebu City Sports Complex is at 6:30am/Sinulog Mardi Gras/Parokya ni Edgar at Plaza Independencia starts at 6:00pm and Pyrospectacular Show starts at 7:00pm at SM City Cebu and 9:00pm at SM Seaside City Cebu
  • January 22 - Awarding Ceremonies
  • January 26 - Hubo
  • For more details visit Sinulog.ph
SCHEDULE OF MASSES - January 12-18, 2018

SINULOG 2018 TICKET or email ticketsales@sinulog.ph or call +63-998-793-9018

SINULOG 2018 EVENTS, CONCERTS & HAPPENINGS 

SINULOG 2018 EMERGENCY HOTLINE
Landline - 262-1424
Sun - 0932-532-7770 / 0923-524-8222
Globe - 0917-722-2343
Smart - 0947-178-0000 / 0947-178-9999
Source: Sinulog Foundation

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