It's been 32 year since Cebuanos decided to honor the image of the Santo Niño with a grand parade held every third Sunday of January in Cebu City. The dance ritual called the "Sinulog" means graceful dance and it tells the story of the Filipino people's pagan past and their acceptance of Christianity and is performed by dancers of all ages, who move to the sound of drums in movements that resemble the river current.
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Sinulog first-timers can look forward to an unforgettable weekend of all out revelry with loads of activities and some hardcore partying everywhere you go—despite parties being banned years ago. To make the most of your Sinulog experience, add color to your stay by exploring Cebu to better understand what makes it rock. Here’s a guide to help you make the most out of your Sinulog experience!
Understand the festival’s history and meaning
The Sinulog Festival honors the Santo Niño or the Child Jesus, and millions of Filipinos are devotees. The highlight of the day is the grand parade held on the third Sunday of January, but the good news is that the Sinulog has now become a month-long tradition in Cebu.
Activities all over the city
Cebu has lined up lots of events for those who want to get the most of their stay during the Sinulog. Watch out for an exciting fun run, an exhibit in honor of the Sto. Niño, a pyro-musical show, a festival costume contest, the Sinulog Festival Queen parade, and a concert featuring Cebu’s top DJs.
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Get ready to party
Sinulog activities run round the clock, so wear clothes that you will be most comfortable in throughout the day. Light, breathable clothing is advised as uou’ll be staying outdoors most of the time. Bring a cap and sunblock to fight off the sun's glare and a fan for the heat. Most importantly, stay hydrated by keeping a handy water bottle in hand all day.
Be in the know
Make sure you have up-to-date information throughout your stay by checking local websites and social media, as well as asking locals for their insider tips. Finding a hotel with a concierge that will be able to give you tips on where to go and how to go about the city is also one good source of information.
Find your second home
After a whole day of celebrating outdoors, it's always nice to rest and recover in a place that can feel like your second home found right in the heart of Cebu. A great place to enjoy Sinulog weekend is at the Citadines Cebu City, Ascott’s first serviced residence in the city located at Base Line Center, Juana Osmeña St, Cebu City, Cebu.
Live the moment
Make your visit to Cebu totally unforgettable by allowing by letting your hair down and participating in the festivities instead of just watching from the sidelines to fully appreciate the real essence of this time honored tradition. Don't ever hesitate to dance, chant, sing, and laugh to your heart’s content!
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