Exploring Sinulog Festival in Cebu, Philippines
Start your new year with eye-catching colors and lively dance performances from the Sinulog Festival or the Santo Nino Festival in Cebu City.
The Sinulog Festival is celebrated during the third Sunday of the month of January. It is an annual and cultural festival in Cebu which celebrates one of the country’s most famous historic relics: the Santo Niño de Cebú. The word Sinulog is a Visayan term for a dance that imitates the rhythm of the river which depicts the forward-backward step of Sinulog dance.
This grand festival is filled with colorful procession bearing the basilica’s venerated image of Santo Niño. Aside from the religious celebration, Sinulog also has street parties accompanied bypyromusical shows and colorful displays of fireworks. Additionally, people attending the street parties could also enjoy face painting and beer showers. This festival definitely brings joy and pleasure to tourists and local people.
Another thing to watch out for is the Kaplag Festival which is a smaller festival but part of Sinulog celebration. The highlight of this festival is play where in the actors and actresses re-enact the Baptism of Queen Juana and Rajah Humabon as Catholics. Includes the scenes when Ferdinand Magellan gave the image of the Santo Niño as a baptismal gift to the Queen.
Furthermore, apart from the Sinulog Festival, Cebu City also known for its rich history which tourists could add up in their bucket list. They could take part on a sightseeing tour, pilgrimage visit to old churches and a tour to those historical places. Cebu City has many undiscovered gems hidden through and you just have to explore it to experience its magnificence. A tour would not be completed without having those souvenir products made by the local people to bring at home for family and friends.