The Sinulog Festival

 he Sinulog  Festival, one of the most prestigious festivals celebrated in Cebu every January and the grandest of all festivals in the Philippines attended by millions of people each year in commemoration of religious history and honor to Patron of Cebu City, Santo Niño; a statue of baby Jesus as a special presentation by the Portuguese-born Spanish explorer Ferdinand Magellan to Rajah Humabon of Cebu in late 1521. 


This millennium history became an organized celebration when the first Sinulog Parade was held in 1980, then, later on, it was adopted as the grandest festival.


Sinulog means “like a water current moving” as the festivals celebrating with forward-backward dance steps and refers to the flowing movements of dancers that seem replicates to a water wave involved in ritual prayer dance in the honor of Patron Santo Niño. This ritual activity believes in its existence even before Magellan's arrival; by honoring their God before it became famous as a festival. 

Every third Sunday of January, the festival is celebrated in Cebu that attracts millions of visitors and devotees not only for those deep devotees but also for those to celebrate their rich cultures and traditions. There are street parties before and after the day of the event while the colorful dancer's costumes coming from all over the country will be gathered in full day-processions. Don’t miss the Grand Parade by Sunday, which starts in Basilica Santo Niño where the glass casing Statue is located.  

Book your flight in advance for the festival is assumed to more than two (2) million visitors in the year 2019 coming from different nations.  To avoid any hustle, make sure that hotel accommodations are set before the celebration, so you’ll not miss any of the activities.  

It is also advised to not bring any unnecessary belongings during the grand parade since you will be surrounded by a huge crowd. Packed with a water bottle, the wallet must be in place, sun protector and wear your patience at all times; being together and surrounded with ⏃ huge number of people, it cannot be prevented then you’ll be pushed or trick but those are part of having fun.  There is no rule about what to wear, it is up to you which clothes are comfortable to wear during the festival. 

HOW TO GET THERE

The closest airport is  Mactan-Cebu International Airport, with  25 domestic destinations and 22 international routes. Direct flights are available from the major  Airports in the Philippines. From Luzon(Clark, Puerto Princesa); from  Visayas (Dumaguete, Bacolod, Iloilo, Roxas City, Caticlan) from Mindanao (Davao City, General Santos City, Cagayan De Oro City, Butuan City, Zamboanga City, Surigao City, and; Siargao Island.  From the Airport, take a Bus, Taxi or Grab Car to reach Cebu City. 

The other option to reach Cebu City is by ferry. 2Go offers several routes from neighboring Cities and from - to - Manila, but travel time gets longer.  

  • Sinulog Street Fair at Osmeña Boulevard
Day 1
  • Sinulog Fun Run by Philippine Sports Commission (Assembly)
  • Sinulog Dance Crew 2019 Elimination @ Cebu City Sports Center
  • Kick-Off ( Route: same as Sinulog Grand Parade)

Day 2: Opening Salvo: Walk with Jesus
  • Assembly @ Fuente Osmeña (Fuente Osmeña – Osmeña Blvd. – Basilica Minore Del Santo Niño)
  • Start of the walk from Fuente Osmeña to Basilica Minore Del Santo Niño
  • nstallation of Hermano & Hermana Mayores 2019 

Day 3: Sinulog 2019 Kick-Off
  • Sinulog Trade Fair @ SM City Cebu by The Department of Trade and Industry
  • Solemn Mass @ Basilica Del Santo Niño – Opening Salvo Sinulog 2019
  • Sinulog 2019 Launching Parade (Basilica to Fuente Circle to Cebu City Sports Center)
  • Opening & Launching Program @ Plaza Independencia; Presentation of Sinulog Festival Queen, Sinulog Idol, Sinulog Dance Crew)
  • Concert @ Plaza Independencia 

Day 4: Sinulog sa Lalawigan
  • Parade of Participants from Capitol Grounds to Cebu City Sports Center
  • Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan @ Cebu City Sports Center
  • Cultural Show @ Plaza Independencia by Department of Education – Cebu Province
  • Sinulog Idol Elimination @ Robinsons Galleria Cebu 

Day 4: Sinulog sa Barangay
  • Parade of Participants from Legaspi Ext. Plaza Independencia to Cebu City Sports Center
  • Sinulog sa Barangay @ Cebu City Sports Center
  • Cultural Show @ Plaza Independencia by Cebu Technological University & Indiana Aerospace University
  • Sinulog Idol Elimination @ Robinsons Galleria Cebu
  • Concert @ Plaza Independencia 

Day 5: 
  • Cultural Show @ Plaza Independencia by University of Visayas & University of Cebu
  • Sinulog Idol Elimination @ Robinsons Galleria Cebu
  • Concert @ Plaza Independencia 

Day 6:
  • Cultural Show @ Plaza Independencia by Mandaue City College & Mandaue School for the Arts
  • Concert @ Plaza Independencia 

Day 7: 
  • Cultural Show @ Plaza Independencia by Salazar Institute of Technology and Cebu Doctors University
  • Cultural Show by Department of Education – Cebu City
  • Concert @ Plaza Independencia 

Day 8
  • Sinulog Festival Queen 2019 Photo Shoot @ SM City Cebu Events Center
  • Sinulog Festival Queen 2019 Parade of Costumes & Runway Competition @ SM City Cebu Northwing Atrium
  • Cultural Show @ Plaza Independencia by University of San Carlos
  • Concert @ Plaza Independencia 

Day 9: 
  • Walk with Mary (Our Lady of Guadalupe Church – V. Rama Ave. – left to B. Rodriguez St. – Fuente Osmeña-Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño) 
  • Cebu – Mandaue – Lapu-Lapu Traslacion
  • Solidarity Meeting (All Competing Contingents, Floats, Higante, & Puppeteers) @ Cebu City Sports Center
  • Cultural Show @ Plaza Independencia by University of Southern Philippines Foundation, University of San Jose Recoletos, and Cebu Institute Technology University
  • Sinulog Festival 2019 Festival Queen Coronation Night and Sinulog Dance Crew Grand Showdown @ Cebu City Sports Center
  • Concert @ Plaza Independencia — LifeDance

Day 10
  • Mass @ National Shrine of St. Joseph
  • Mandaue-Lapu-Lapu Traslacion
  • Fluvial Procession of the Miraculous Image of the Santo Niño
  • Re-enactment of the Baptism of Queen Juana & Rajah Humabon @ Basilica Del Santo Niño
  • Solemn Procession of the Miraculous Image of the Santo Niño
  • Sinulog Idol 2019 Grand Finals @ Plaza Independencia
  • Sinulog Fireworks Competition @ SM City Cebu
  • Concert @ Plaza Independencia — Plus63 Festival 

Day 11: Sinulog 2019 Grand Parade
4:00AM – Mañanita Mass @ Basílica Del Santo Niño
6:00AM – Pontifical Mass @ Basilica Del Santo Niño
6:30AM – Holy Mass @ Cebu City Sports Center
7:30AM – Sinulog 2019 Grand Parade Kick-Off @ Cebu City Sports Center
4:00PM – Sinulog 2019 Grand Finale @ Cebu City Sports Center
6:00PM – Parokya ni Edgar @ Plaza Independencia
7:00PM – Pyrospectacular Show @ SM City Cebu
9:00PM – Pyrospectacular Show @ SM Seaside City Cebu 

Day 12: Awarding Ceremonies
  • Awarding Ceremonies @ Cebu City Sports Center 
  • “HUBO Mass” Mass @ Basilica Minore del Sto.Niño Pilgrim Center 

The list of schedules above is subject to change without prior notice

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