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History & Cultural Relevance

The Queen City of the South starts its preparations as early as the onset of the "-ber" months for one of the grandest festivals in the country: the Sinulog.

Before Christianity, Cebu has been celebrating Sinulog by honoring wooden icons and anitos. When the Spaniards came and introduced Christianity, the image of Sto. Nino was given as a present to Raja Humabon as a symbol of devoutness.

In the heart of all the celebration and festivity, is the strong and deep faith of Filipinos in Christianity.

Usually attracting thousands of visitors, the peak of the festival occurs on the third Sunday of January in Cebu. This is when vacationers, sightseers, backpackers, globetrotters, and visitors arrive and celebrate with the locals.

The festivity is celebrated each year to honor the beloved Santo Nino. Inching closer to the main event, there are other peripheral activities already scheduled. For example, December is the month for exhibits and street fairs.


The street dancing competition and intense street party are some of the events most anticipated.

Sinulog Festival performers and dancers come from different regions of the country, specifically Agusan del Norte, Iloilo, and Leyte, etc. They prepare for months creating colorful-themed costumes and eye catching props.

In tune with the loud beat of the drums, the deafening sound of the trumpets and loud cheers of the audience, they sway, swirl and pirouette expressing their tribute and devotion for Sto. Nino.

Street fairs, photo exhibits, colorful parade, solemn mass, dazzling fireworks, coronation of the Festival Queen, street dance competition, street parties, etc., are just some of the activities to look forward to in Sinulog Festival.


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