2018 SINULOG FESTIVAL SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES | TRAVEL GUIDE

2018 SINULOG FESTIVAL SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES | TRAVEL GUIDE

Photo credits : George Parrilla via Wikimedia Commons

2018 SINULOG FESTIVAL SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES | TRAVEL GUIDE

SINULOG 2018 SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

December 01, 2017 – January 31, 2018
Sinulog Street Fair @ Osmeña Boulevard

January 7, 2018 (Sunday)
5:00 AM–Sinulog Fun Run by Philippine Sports Commission
4:00 PM–Kick-Off ( Route: same as Sinulog Grand Parade)
Sinulog Dance Crew 2018 Elimination @ Mall

January 11, 2018 (Thursday)
Opening Salvo: Walk with Jesus
4:00 AM–Assembly @ Fuente Osmeña (Fuente Osmeña-Osmeña Blvd.-Basilica Minore Del Santo Niño)
4:30 AM–Start of the walk from Fuente Osmeña to Basilica Minore Del Santo Niño
5:30 AM–Installation of Hermano & Hermana Mayores 2017

January 12, 2018 (Friday)
Sinulog 2018 Kick Off
10:00 AM–Sinulog Trade Fair @ SM City Cebu by The Department of Trade and Industry
2:00 PM–Solemn Mass @ Basilica Del Santo Niño – Opening Salvo Sinulog 2018
3:00 PM–Sinulog 2018 Launching Parade (Basilica to Fuente Circle to Cebu City Sports Center)
7:00 PM–Opening & Launching Program @ Plaza Independencia; Presentation of: Sinulog Festival Queen; Sinulog Idol; Sinulog Dance Crew

January 13, 2018 (Saturday)
Sinulog sa Lalawigan
1:00 PM–Parade of Participants from Capitol Grounds to Cebu City Sports Complex
2:00 PM–Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan @ Cebu City Sports Center
6:30 PM–Cultural Show @ Plaza Independencia by Department of Education – Cebu Province
8:00 PM–Sinulog Idol Elimination @Mall
8:00 PM–Concert @ Plaza Independencia

January 14, 2018 (Sunday)
Sinulog sa Barangay
12:00 PM–Parade of Participants from Legaspi Ext. Plaza Independencia to Cebu City Sports Complex
1:00 PM–Sinulog sa Barangay @ Cebu City Sports Center
6:30 PM–Cultural Show @ Plaza Independencia by Cebu Technological University & Indiana Aerospace University
4:00PM–Sinulog Idol Elimination @ Mall
8:00 PM–Concert @ Plaza Independencia

January 15, 2018 (Monday)
6:30 PM–Cultural Show @ Plaza Independencia by University of Visayas & University of Cebu
4:00PM–Sinulog Idol Elimination @ Mall
8:00 PM–Concert @ Plaza Independencia

January 16, 2018 (Tuesday)
6:30PM-Cultural Show @ Plaza Independencia by Mandaue City College & Mandaue School for the Arts
8:00 PM–Concert @ Plaza Independencia

January 17, 2018 (Wednesday)
6:30 PM–Cultural Show @ Plaza Independencia by Salazar Institute of Technology and Cebu Doctors University
8:00 PM–Concert @ Plaza Independencia

January 18, 2018 (Thursday)
10:00 AM–Sinulog Festival Queen 2018 Photo Shoot @ SM City Cebu Events Center
6:00 PM–Sinulog Festival Queen 2018 Parade of Costumes & Runway Competition @ SM City Cebu Northwing Atrium
6:30 PM–Cultural Show @ Plaza Independencia by University of San Carlos
8:00 PM–Sky Night @ Plaza Independencia c/o Sky Cable

January 19, 2018 (Friday)
4:00 AM–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
9:00 AM–Solidarity Meeting (All Competing Contingents, Floats, Higante, & Puppeteers) @ Cebu City Sports Complex
6:30 PM–Cultural Show @ Plaza Independencia by University of Southern Philippines Foundation, University of San Jose Recoletos, and Cebu Institute Technology University
7:30 PM–Sinulog Festival 2018 Festival Queen Coronation Night and Sinulog Dance Crew Grand Showdown @ Cebu City Sports Center
9:00 PM–Concert @ Plaza Independencia

January 20, 2018 (Saturday)
2:00 AM–Mass @ National Shrine of St. Joseph
Mandaue-Lapu-Lapu Traslacion
3:00 AM–Fluvial Procession of the Miraculous Image of the Santo Niño
9:00 AM–Re-enactment of the Baptism of Queen Juana & Rajah Humabon @ Basilica Del Santo Niño
1:00 PM–Solemn Procession of the Miraculous Image of the Santo Niño
6:30 PM–Cultural Show @ Plaza Independencia
Department of Education – Cebu City
Sinulog Idol 2018 Grand Finals @ Plaza Independencia
7:00 PM–Sinulog Fireworks Competition @ SM City Cebu
9:00 PM–Coke Studio Artists @ Plaza Independencia by Coca-Cola

January 21, 2018 (Sunday)
Sinulog Grand Parade
4:00 AM–Mañanita Mass @ Basilica Del Santo Niño
6:00 AM–Pontifical Mass @ Basilica Del Santo Niño
7:00 AM–Holy Mass @ Cebu City Sports Complex
8:00 AM–Short Program
8:30 AM–Sinulog 2018 Grand Parade Kick-Off @ Cebu City Sports Complex
4:00 PM–Sinulog 2018 Grand Finale @ Cebu City Sports Complex
6:00 PM–Concert @ Plaza Independencia with Mofo Band
8:00 PM–Parokya ni Edgar @ Plaza Independencia by Globe Telecom

January 22, 2018 (Monday)
Awarding Ceremonies
1:00 PM–Awarding Ceremonies @ Cebu City Sports Center

January 26, 2018 (Friday)
“HUBO Mass”
4:00AM–Mass @ Basilica Minore del Sto.Niño Pilgrim Center

 

Sinulog Festival – Cebu’s Answer to Brazilian Mardi Gras

We have heard tell of the majestic Brazilian Mardi Gras – with all the pomp and pageantry, the colorful and elaborate costumes, the enthusiastic throng of people eager to be part of the action, the melodious and enchanting music, the rituals, the parades, the overall exquisiteness of the event and we mistakenly long to be part of it. We think, erroneously, as previously stated, that we do not have such a festival that can rival the famous Mardi Gras. But, the reality is, we have a celebration that is comparable to it or even better – and we have it in spades and it is uniquely Filipino and everything that entails being accompanied by it.

Celebrated and commemorated by people from all walks of life, whether they be local or foreign visitors, Cebu City’s Sinulog Festival is a festival that brings a lot of components together. Every third week of January, Cebu City becomes the center of the Sinulog Festival – with all the pomp and pageantry rivaling the most colorful festivals the world over.

The celebration is deeply rooted in religion as it is used to commemorate the importance of the Sto. Nino in the lives of the people. The Sto. Nino de Cebu, being the oldest Christian relic, it being the gift to Reina Juana and Rajah Humabon on their being converted to Christianity, has been central to the faith and the lives of the people of Cebu for centuries. It has heard the prayers and interceded on behalf of its believers for such a long time. A nine-day prayer mass (the novena, or the novenario) generally signifies the official start of festivities.

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The fluvial procession is also one of the highlights of the ceremony. The relic is brought out for a grand procession in the city’s waterways for all the world to see. Pilgrims, believers, tourists and curious onlookers all converge to be part of the action.

Of course, the most awaited spectacle is the foot procession which culminates in the street dancing. Colorful costumes array the participants, with colorful embellishments and accessories completing the overall look. The gaudier the costume, the better, since it identifies the wearer as a true devotee. These colorful costumes never fail to amaze the tourists who are attracted to the theatricality and the flair of the participants.

The music fills the air, such a melody that is hauntingly familiar, inviting you to strut your stuff in the middle of the street, letting you shed your innermost inhibitions and qualms of performing in front of so many strangers. It has evolved as well, incorporating the times with the instruments and the beat, and yet the melody and the rhythm stays enthralling the same. While it may not be samba, it does have its own qualities that help to set your mind to the task at hand.

A constant in the whole equation is the ritualistic and symbolical blackening of the skin with soot to remember the first settlers who accommodated the Spaniards. The first settlers being Atis, participants reach into their collective consciousness to give them the requisite respect for what they have done.

And since every festival is a celebration of food, Cebu’s legendary cuisine is also on full display for the world to appreciate. Explosive flavors, succulent meats, well-put recipes and contrasting textures all come together to make your palate a gustatory heaven. You can savor the tastes of several generations and the flavors of cultures that have been assimilated into the dynamic Cebuano way of life.

Sinulog Festival may be celebrated once a year but it does bring together so many people who make it such a momentous occasion that would be spoken of and remembered for a long period of time.

 

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By Francisco M. Pajares, Jr. via Wikimedia Commons

CEBU CITY TRAVEL GUIDE

Planning to attend this event? We have outlined a Travel which can make your visit even more meaningful and rewarding. Click here for Cebu Travel Guide.

 

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By Jescario via Wikimedia Commons 

 

WHERE TO STAY WHEN IN CEBU

If you are planning to visit and witness the Sinulog Festival, you must be booking your hotel as early as possible.

You can book a room now and get a good deal on the links provided below. Just click the links and it will bring you to the booking site.

BUDGET HOTELS

Allson’s Inn
129 Echavez St., Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines, 6000
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Cebu R Hotel – Mabolo
49 Tres Borces Street, Mabolo, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines, 6000 BOOK HERE FOR A

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Sampaguita Suites Plaza Garcia
6000 Plaza Garcia Building, Magallanes Street, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
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Skypark Pensionne
55 RR Landon Street, Jones Avenue, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines, 6000
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Uncle Tom’s Cabin
M.P. Yap Street,, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines, 6000
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MEDIUM PRICED HOTELS

Castle Peak Hotel
F.Cabahug Cor. pres. Quezon Sts, Villa Aurora, Mabolo, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
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Cebu Grand Hotel
N. Escario Street, Vibo Place, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines, 6000
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Cebu Parklane International Hotel
Arch Bishop Reyes Ave and Escario Street, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines, 6000
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Cebu Grand Hotel
N. Escario Street, Vibo Place, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines, 6000
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Citi Park Hotel
F Cabahug Street, Mabolo Panagdait St., Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines, 6000
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Express Inn – Cebu
M.J. Cuenco Avenue corner Pope John Paul II, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines, 6000
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Golden Peak Hotel & Suites
Gorordo Avenue corner Escario Street, Kamputhaw, Lahug, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines, 6000
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Mango Park Hotel
General Maxilom Avenue, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines,
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Mandarin Plaza Hotel
Archbishop Reyes Corner Escario Street, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines, 6000
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Main Hotel and Suites
J. Panis Street, Old Banilad Road, Kasambagan, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines, 6000
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Pillows Hotel Cebu
208 Gov. M. Roa Street (previously Kamuning Street), Fuente Area-Capitol Site, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines, 6000
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Quest Hotel & Conference Center – Cebu
Archbishop Reyes Avenue, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines, 6000
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Rajah Park Hotel
Benigno Du Building, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines, 6000
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S Hotel & Residences
827 M. Velez St, Cebu City, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines, 6000
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HIGH PRICED HOTELS

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Hotel
Cebu Veterans Drive, Nivel Hills, Apas, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
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Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino
Salinas Drive Lahug, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines, 6000
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Radisson Blu Cebu
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24 Comments:

  1. Pingback: Sinulog Sinulog Festival 2018 Overload | Dumaguete Info

  2. One of the grandest and most colorful festivals in the Philippines!

  3. One of the best festival that Cebu could offer showcasing their talents and enthusiasm in celebrating the Sinulog Festival and honoring St. Niño. I hope my next trip to Cebu will give me the chance to experience the joyful and meaningful celebration of this great festival.
    # marman

  4. Riza Mae H. Villanueva

    It’s amazing! I want to go to this event! #marman

  5. Riza Mae H. Villanueva

    It’s amazing! I want to see this event! #marman

  6. Riza Mae H. Villanueva

    It’s amazing! I want to go and see this event!

  7. Haven’t been to Cebu yet, might as well try it on their next sinulog festival. It seems to be colorful festival. #marman

  8. Ma. Celina Venus-Mijares

    Sinulog is one of the most popular festivals of the Philippines. Aside from the religious aspect of the festival, it is also famous for its colorful street parties #marman

  9. I love reading about other countries and festivals. The costumes look so beautiful.

  10. This looks so interesting! Wish I am able to visit this festival!

  11. Festivals are always nice to go to especially if you’re feeling a little swamped with life lately! I think it would be nice to see this in person!

  12. These photos are beautiful. I can’t wait to travel. Pinning this for later <3

    xoxo
    Tyler

  13. This looks like a great festival!

  14. This honestly looks amazing. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Looks like a wonderful experience and a great place to visit. Love all the colors.

  16. Looks like a lot of fun things to do, so fun!

  17. Love cultural festivals. The people are all in a good mood, the music is fabulous and the dress is stunning. I remember going to these types of festivals in Holland (where I’m from) and I love how it united people of all backgrounds.

  18. I love festivals! Seems like a fun time

  19. This looks like a big event in Cebu! Everything looks so lively and fun. Thanks for sharing the list.

  20. Keziah Sheloah Geriane

    I’ve been here 3 times already and every time I go there I always have things/activities to do there. Their City is highly urbanized maybe that’s one of the reasons why people still go back to Cebu. Sinulog Festival is one of the reasons why I like to go back there 🙂 # Advertising

  21. The event ended with a BANG! Enjoyed so much especially the LAMHITANAY part in Kabankalan City Plaza… definitely will be back next year… next will be the DINAGSA festival in Cadiz City 🙂

  22. This is really great! It would be nice to be able to watch and see the performers live.

  23. I have not see or been to Cebu when the Sinulug festival is going. I bet it is fun and memorable to watch.

  24. The best place to go on a trip to this place because it is the time of the festive.

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