What Is Sinulog?

The Sinulog festival is a nine day celebration beginning on the third Sunday of January in Cebu City, Philippines. Held in honor of the baby Jesus (or Santo Niño), there is great religion significance to the festival, and people flock from all over the world to participate.

But it isn’t just a homage paid to Cebu’s patron saint, the Santo Niño, it’s also a recognition of the pagan roots of the people, and their eventual choice to convert to the Christianity brought to them by the foreigners who passed through their great land. It’s a beautiful festival of past and present traditions, or pride in the original beliefs of the people, as well as the ones they adopted as their own.

Think of it as something beyond a mere religious event, as it’s also a huge party dedicated to the rich culture of the Philippines, and an experience you will never forget.

Sinulog 2010

The many festivities, rituals, and parades are always a treat, and Sinulog 2010 doesn’t look as though it will be any different. The schedule for the event has already been set, and there are any number of wonderful things to see and do, and whether you are there to celebrate your own Christianity, or you are there for the less religiously motivated reasons, you are sure to have the time of your life.

During the nine days of Sinulog, there are any number of activities you can participate in, from the spiritual experience of the Solemn Mass, to many parades, live shows filled with dancers and singing children, and some of the greatest street parties you will ever see.

Probably the most anticipated event of Sinulog 2010 is the annual Sinulog Grand Parade. Filled with costumed dancers, sung prayers, and fast paced traditional movements that will leave you breathless to witness, this is the highlight of the festival, and reason enough to go, just to be there to see one of the greatest street parades in the world.

What You Need To Know

So many people come to Sinulog every year, with more set for Sinulog 2010 then ever before, that it’s important to start planning your trip as early as possible. While flights are not a huge concern, booking accommodations can be difficult if you wait until the end, and so you are encouraged to begin searching for everything you will need for your trip to Cebu as early as you can, to avoid missing out on this incredible experience.

Luckily, there are any number of hotels in Cebu that begin preparing for the festival early, so they can take on as many visitors as possible, and there are additional accommodations that can be found through your local travel agent.

You will also want to book your flight ahead of time, and search for flights with fewer stopovers. You will not want to miss a single day of Sinulog 2010, and canceled flights or long waits at the airport may cause you to miss some of the beginning events that you are sure to want to see, especially the beginning exhibits and the launching program.

Events Schedule – (according to http://www.cebudaily.com/)

January 9, 2010 (Friday) – Sinulog 2010 Kick off / Launching (Sinulog Through the Years photo exhibit at Ayala Center Cebu, SM City Cebu and the Mactan-Cebu International Airport)

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2pm – Solemn Mass (Basilica del Sto. Niño)
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3pm – Launching Parade (from the Basilica del Sto. Niño to the Cebu City Sports Center a.k.a. Abellana)
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7pm – Opening and Launching Program featuring the Mandaue City Children’s Choir, Dancesports Team Cebu, and Dance Troupes from participating schools and universities in Cebu (Fuente Osmeña)

January 10, 2010 (Saturday) – Sinulog sa Kabataan – Lalawigan (Sinulog of the children of Cebu Province)

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1pm – Parade of Participants (from the Cebu Provincial Capitol to the Cebu City Sports Center a.k.a. Abellana)
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2pm – Event Proper: Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan (Cebu City Sports Center a.k.a. Abellana)
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4:30pm – Awarding of Winners (Cebu City Sports Center a.k.a. Abellana)
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7pm – Cultural Show by the Department of Education, Cebu Province (Fuente Osmeña)
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9:30pm – Concert by Street Party Bands (Fuente Osmeña)

January 11, 2010 (Sunday) – Sinulog sa Kabataan – Dakbayan (Sinulog of the children of Cebu City)

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1pm – Parade of Participants (from the Plaza Independencia to the Cebu City Sports Center a.k.a. Abellana)
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2pm – Event Proper: Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Dakbayan (Cebu City Sports Center a.k.a. Abellana)
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4:30pm – Awarding of Winners (Cebu City Sports Center a.k.a. Abellana)
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7pm – Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña)
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9:30pm – Concert by Street Party Bands (Fuente Osmeña)

January 12, 2010 (Monday)

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7:30pm – Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña)
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9:30pm – Concert by Street Party Bands (Fuente Osmeña)

January 13, 2010 (Tuesday)

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7:30pm – Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña)
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9:30pm – Concert by Street Party Bands (Fuente Osmeña)

January 14, 2010 (Wednesday)

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9am – Airport Welcome for Balikbayan Flights (Mactan-Cebu International Airport)
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7:30pm – Cultural Shows (Fuente Osmeña)
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9:30pm – Concert by Street Party Bands (Fuente Osmeña)

January 15, 2010 (Thursday)

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9am – Airport Welcome for Balikbayan Flights (Mactan-Cebu International Airport)
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7pm – Miss Cebu Coronation Night (Cebu City Waterfront Hotel and Casino)
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7:30pm – Cultural Shows (Fuente Osmeña)
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9pm – Concert by Street Party Bands (Fuente Osmeña)

January 16, 2010 (Friday) – Visual Merchandising Contest (Department Stores and Malls in Cebu)

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7:30pm – Cultural Shows by the Department of Education, Cebu City (Fuente Osmeña)
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7:30pm – Handumanan “The Concert” (SM City Cebu)
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8pm – Balik Cebu Welcome Party for Balikbayans and Guests (Ayala Center Cebu)
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9pm – Concert by Street Party Bands (Fuente Osmeña)

January 17, 2010 (Saturday)

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6am – Fluvial Procession of the Miraculous Image of Sto. Niño together with Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mactan Channel; starting point: Ouano Wharf, Mandaue City)
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9am – Re-enactment of the Baptism of Queen Juana and Rajah Humabon (Basilica del Sto. Niño)
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2pm – Solemn Procession of the Miraculous Image of Sto. Niño)
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6:30pm – Sinulog Festival Queen 2010 (Cebu City Sports Center)
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7pm – Street Party (Fuente Osmeña and Plaza Independencia)
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8pm – Kasadya Nite Mardi Gras (Ayala Center Cebu hallways; culmination at the South Surface Parking Area)

January 18, 2010 (Sunday) – Sinulog 2010 Grand Parade

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9am – Sinulog 2010 Grand Parade Carousel Kick Off
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7pm – Grand Fireworks Display (Cebu City Sports Center a.k.a. Abellana and Plaza Independencia)
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7:30pm – Concert by Street Party Bands (Fuente Osmeña)
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8pm – Grand Fireworks Display sponsored by the Mitsumi Group of Companies (Ayala Football Grounds)

January 19, 2010 (Monday)

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1pm – Awarding Ceremonies (Cebu City Sports Center a.k.a. Abellana)

January 31, 2010 (Saturday)

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1pm – Awarding Ceremonies for the winners of the Sinulog 2010 Photo Contest and Sinulog 2010 Video Documentary Contest

Febuary 1-10, 2010 (Sunday to Tuesday)

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Photo Exhibits: “The Winning Photos taken during Sinulog 2010? (SM City Cebu)

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