Sinulog Festival In Cebu

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Cebu City, Philippines

Sinulog Festival In Cebu Reviews

shraime88 shraime88
5 reviews
Sinulog festival in Cebu Oct 20, 2009
The Sinulog Festival is a festival held every 3rd Sunday of January in Cebu City, Philippines. It usually lasts for nine days wherein the Grand Parade is done on the last day. The festival is done to honor the Santo Niño, patron of Cebu. It is a dance ritual that commemorates the Cebuano's acceptance of Christianity. The festival features a street parade which is also a contest with participants in bright colored costumes dancing to the rhythm of drums, the queens holding an image of the Sto. Niño and shouting PIT SENYOR! in Fuente Osmeña making their way to the Cebu City Sports Complex where the final dance will be held. The streets are really full of vendors,you can also witness local artists in floats and many people young and old on the streets trying to have a nice view of the parade. I have been going to this festival and i really love watching the different costumes and dances even though I have to go through thick crowds and long hours of walk. You can also have a tatoo (either a henna, sticker or a real one) mark if you wish. There are also medics on the street in case health problem arises. If you want to witness this event book hotels as early as October to make sure a room will be available for you as many people from different parts of the country and the world will be coming over. You will really enjoy this wonderful event and even though it's one tiring event you will never feel tired :)
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ted332 ted332
29 reviews
Jan 22, 2008
The Sinulog Festival is a pageantry of the Catholic faith, held in honor of the infant Jesus fondly called “SANTO NIÑO”. It is a dance ritual in reverence to the miraculous image.

History says that before the Portuguese navigators came to Cebu on April 7, 1521 to plant the cross on its shore and claim the country for the King of Spain, SINULOG was already danced by the natives in honor of their wooden idols and gods.

When Ferdinand Magellan came and introduced Christianity, he gave the Santo Niño (image of the Child Jesus) as baptismal gift to Hara Amihan, wife of Cebu’s Rajah Humabon who was later christened as Queen Juana. Shortly after converting the natives to christians, Magellan went into reckless adventure by fighting the reigning ruler of Mactan Island, Rajah Lapu-lapu, with only a handful of men. He died in the encounter on April 27, 1521. The remnants of his men returned to Spain.

Miguel Lopez de Legazpi arrived from Spain in Cebu on April 28, 1565 and destroyed the village. In one of the huts of the village on fire, one of the soldiers found a wooden box containing the image of the Santo Niño lying amongst several native idols. According to hisotry; during the 44 years between the coming of Magellan and Legazpi, the natives of Cebu continued to dance the Sinulog and stopped worshipping their pagan gods but showed their reverence to the Santo Niño.

The Augustinian friars that accompanied Legazpi in his expedition proclaimed the statue miraculous and built a church on the site where it was found. The church is named today as the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño where the image is enshrined.

Every third Sunday of the month of January, visitors are treated to one whole week of festivities when the whole city tones down its work flow to go to the BASILICA DE SANTO NIÑO to pray and attend processions, go to parties, sports events, concerts, firework displays and shows.

Everywhere you go in Cebu City during this festive week you will find shopping mall sales, exhibits, indoor and outdoor concerts where the country’s top performers and bands give their best for the local fans. The climax of the week-long festivities is on the 3rd Sunday when the grand parade weaves its way through all the major streets of the city where you can watch contingent after contingent, some from other provinces and countries, with colorful, intricate costumes and elaborate floats moving with the Sinulog beat and singing in unison “Pit Senior” while holding in their hands, images of the infant Jesus.

Even as the whole length of the parade would require the whole day to watch, it is definitely not boring to watch as the participating groups are all captivating in their different dance interpretations. While there are so many concerts and parties that will take place, do as the locals do and go to the Santo Ninio church and pay homage to the city’s much beloved and venerated patron, the infant child, Jesus. This is definitely a ‘must-witness’ festival.

If you intend to attend this festival, be sure to book your hotel at least 2-3 months in advance. All hotels, pension and lodging houses are fully booked from January 18-21. Air and sea transport are quite fully booked too, so advanced ticket purchases will be necessary as well. Thousands of people from all the surrounding provinces including Metro Manila and other countries flock to this city during this period. There are direct flights from Hongkong, Singapore, Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, & Seoul to Cebu City.
Welcome to the island of smiles.
The Queen!
Viva Pit Senyor! Viva Sto Ninio!
Let's dance.
altmtl says:
Maybe I'll go after the festival, less trouble. I hate booking in advance, just rather show up...
Posted on: Oct 20, 2009
ted332 says:
People start booking their hotels as early as November. I'm going to Cebu for Sinulog 2010 and I'll be booking my hotel around mid Nov.
Posted on: Oct 20, 2009
altmtl says:
I'm Thinking of going to this festival, but really don't want to book anything too far ahead. May have trouble finding an inexpensive room at this time ?
Posted on: Oct 20, 2009
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