Sinulog Festival

Cebu City, Cebu

The Sinulog Festival is an annual cultural and religious festival held on the third Sunday of January in Cebu City, and is the center of the Santo Niño celebration in the Philippines. Other places like Maasin City, Balingasag, Misamis Oriental and Southern Leyte also have their own version of the festival in honour of the Santo Niño.

The Sinulog celebration lasts for nine days, cu ...

lminating on the final day with the Sinulog Grand Parade. The day before the parade, the religious Fluvial Procession sponsored by the Archdiocese of Cebu is held at dawn with a statue of the Santo Niño carried on a beautifully decorated boat which sails from Mandaue City to Cebu City, decked with hundreds of flowers and candles. The procession ends at the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino de Cebu where a re-enactment of the baptism to the Christian faith (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 Cebu City, which last for hours due to large crowd participation in the event.

Sinulog Festival News

  • 2 Million Reasons

    2 Million Reasons

    Why the Sinulog Festival 2018 is a success

    Grand. Colorful. Awesome.

    These were some of the adjectives used by Cebuanos, domestic and foreign tourists, and Sto. Nino pilgrims to describe this years Sinulog Festival, as it culminated yesterday with Holy Masses and a mardi gras-like dance parade that drew two million people to the Basilica Minore del Sto. Nino and to the streets of Cebu City.

    The heavy rain in the morning that turned into a drizzle in the afternoon, the parade route barricades and the suspension of mobile phone signals did not deter spectators from having a good time or ...

  • Happy Sinulog Festival 2018 Cebu Philippines

    Happy Sinulog Festival 2018 Cebu Philippines. The Sinulog Festival Queen 2018 runway competition.

  • Cebuano Faith Takes Center Stage

    Cebuano Faith Takes Center Stage

    The 10-day festivities finally reach its climax today, Sunday.

    At least one million people are expected to converge on the city streets to witness the 31 dancing contingents, puppeteers, floats and "higantes" (giant papier-mache figures) participating in the Sinulog Grand Parade.

    Officials see a much sober crowd after Mayor Tomas Osmena banned the sale and distribution of liquor within the 300-meter radius of the parade route to avoid a repeat of last years stampede which was caused by intoxicated youths.

    He also prohibited concerts, shows, performances, gigs, recitals and events in t ...

  • Globe Sinulog 2018 The Ultimate Festival Itinerary

    Globe Sinulog 2018 The Ultimate Festival Itinerary

    Pit Senyor! The countrys grandest celebration, the Sinulog Festival of Cebu City, culminates every third weekend of January with religious revelries and exuberant all-day street dancing in honor of Santo Nino (Holy Child Jesus). While rooted in solemn veneration, the popular festival has built an all-inviting celebratory mood through the decades, includes music concerts, dance parties, and other special events.

  • All Systems Go For Sinulog 2018

    All Systems Go For Sinulog 2018

    "All systems go for Sinulog 2018!" This is going to be a very big production even compared to Hollywood movies, Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmena proudly informed the spectators during the grand opening of Sinulog 2018 Friday afternoon at the Cebu City Sports Center.

    Osmena as the chairman of the Sinulog Foundation asked Cebuanos and spectators to be more vigilant in throwing their garbage and maintaining the cleanliness of the city.

    "On behalf of the Sinulog Foundation of which Im the chairman and as your mayor of Cebu City, we have officially announced the opening so please cooperate and te ...

  • Catbalogan Goes Green For Sinulog

    Catbalogan Goes Green For Sinulog

    Dancers of the Tribu Katbalaugan practicing their steps at the Samar Sports Complex in Catbalogan City. Contributed photo by Janneil Mainar

    To mark their fourth year of competing in the Sinulog Festival, the Tribu Katbalaugan of Catbalogan City, Samar will tell the story of environmental sustainability and humanitys role in preserving nature through dance.

    Ador Hurtado, Catbalogan City Tourism, Culture, Arts and Information officer, said this story will be the running theme of their troupes performance in the street dancing competition and free interpretation category in the Sinulog Gran ...