Sinulog Festival Cebu. One Beat, One Dance For The World - One of the Grandest Festivals in the Philippines

Sinulog Festival - Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines 

No backpacks allowed in Sinulog events
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Motorists are reminded of road closures for Sinulog festivity
Sinulog 2019 Events, Happenings, Etc.
For those traveling from Southern Cebu to Cebu City via the SRP, they can avail of Beeps waiting for them at the temporarily bus terminal near El Corso in El Pardo Street.

Sinulog - One Beat, One Dance For The World! 
Sinulog is an annual event held every 3rd Sunday of January here in Cebu City, Philippines, in honor of  Señor Santo Niño (child Jesus). SINULOG 2019 is on JANUARY 20, 2019. 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. Some fellow countrymen, Cebuanos in particular go home at this time of the year to witness the festivity. (Check out Hotels in Cebu Near Ayala Mall; Hotels in Cebu Near SM and Robinsons; Hotels in Mandaue City Cebu Near Parkmall, JCentre Mall, Gaisano and Other Parts of Mandaue City)
Sinulog Contingent in 2016. Sinulog is a popular and one of the grandest festivals in Cebu Province and in the entire Philippines. It is held every 3rd Sunday of January in honor of Senor Santo Nino de Cebu.
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.




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).

Sinulog Novena mass during Sinulog. The Novena Mass is being flocked by devotees from all around the world specifically devotees to Senor Santo Nino de Cebu


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.

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 Festival happens every 3rd Sunday of January in Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines. It is one of the grandest festivals in the Philippines.
Sinulog Festival happens every 3rd Sunday of January in Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines. It is one of the grandest festivals in the Philippines. (Photo:

Float entry during Sinulog. IPI's float entry is the one to look for during the Sinulog Parade on the 3rd Sunday of January each year in Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
One of the float entries, Sinulog 2016

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

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. 

During the Mardi Gras/Grand Event (3rd Sunday of January), 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.


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