Friday, 13 January 2012

One beat, One dance, One vision

After Christmas and New Year’s happening, another event is enormously celebrated by all CEBUANOS, yes.. I am talking about Sinulog. It is celebrated every 3rd Sunday of January. The festival features a street parade with participants in bright colored costumes dancing to the rhythm of drums, trumpets and native gongs, smaller versions of the festival are held in various parts of the province, also to celebrate and honor the Santo Niño.

Here are some of the highlights of the said festivity.

Novena Mass - Cebuanos and devotees will be executing 9 successive days of prayers, also known as the Novena, in celebration and thanksgiving to Señor Santo Niño.

Solemn Processon - A lot of Cebuanos are devotees of Sr. Sto. Niño, the procession kicked in on the day before the feast at 1:00Pm, image of Sto. Niño will be shown-off to some of the streets in Cebu.
Christians flock to Cebu for annual Sinulog Festival by Catherine Pablico 

Fluvial Procession - The day before the parade, the Fluvial Procession is held at dawn with a statue of the Santo Niño carried on a pump boat from Mandaue City to Cebu City, decked with hundreds of flowers and candles. The procession ends at the Basilica where a re-enactment of the Christianizing (that is, the acceptance of Roman Catholicism) of Cebu is performed. In the afternoon, a more solemn procession takes place along the major streets of the city, which last for hours due to large crowd participating in the event.


Sinulog Festival Queen - Each year, the female lead dancers of every contingent aspire to be recognized for their beauty and grace in Cebu's most majestic merriment.

Street Dancing - This gives everyone a chance to see every contingent as they will flaunt their best costumes and dances with their festival queen carrying the image of Sto. Niño. Along with them are floats from different bureaus, organizations and agencies.

Sinulog Dance Competition - The competition takes place on the feast day, this time they will show off their very best as they compete with other contestant.  It will be held at Abellana Sports Complex. 

Fireworks Display - Gives color in the vast sky, this is also the best time for the family to bond together and check out the colorful fireworks display. This is my favorite!


Sinulog guidelines and tips:

1. Check your Outfit
Never top yourself with long-sleeved polos or thick cotton shirts which for sure give you a hassle way of moving around. Wear thin shirts – white tee will do.Don’t wear jeans! Shorts but not too short shorts will give you ease in walking and for sure, your body can freely breathe out. No, no to heavy type shoes, espadrilles are good! If you like, wear flip-flops or any slippers that fit the festivity.Lastly, do not wear jeweleries. Leave all your shining borloloys at home. Be simple!

2. What to Bring?
A backpack which is not too big or small is cool. Just bring finger foods for snacks, enough water for oneself to be well hydrated and of course money put in a coin purse – not in a bulgy wallet! We are there to enjoy, not attracting pickpocketers and other evil forces around us. Note that foods, drinks and other stuff will get higher on that day, so better prepare and bring your own.Prepare extra t-shirt and a face towel. We never predict what could be the weather, so be prepared.

3. Where to go? Prepare your Sinulog Map!
Know your destination during the Sinulog festival! You cannot travel and visit all the beautiful places in town, just choose where to go and stick to it. In this way, you won’t be adding to the number of devotees who actually don’t have plans where exactly to go as a result, adding pressure to a heavier traffic not caused by transportations but of those people. Check the list of Sinulog Events and decide prior or before the day.

4. Be with a Company
Don’t go alone. Sinulog can be enjoyed with lots of company, as a commercial saying goes the Many-er, the merrier!

See you all in the street, VIVA PIT SENYOR!!!!



  1. thanks for the tips hann! someday i'm going to experience sinulog festival and i'll be sure to keep these things in mind.

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  3. @Scarlet: sooon.. let me know when you are coming to Cebu, we will party-all-night-long. heheheheh..

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