The Philippines Grandest Festival-“Cebu Sinulog Festival 2017”


Sinulog is a dance ritual in honor of the miraculous image of the Santo Nino. The dance moves to the sound of the drums and this resembles the current (Sinulog) of what was then known as Cebu’s Pahina River. Thus, in Cebuano, they say it’s Sinulog.

More than just the meaning of the word is the significance of the dance. Historians now say that Sinulog, which is of pagan origin, is the link between the country’s pagan past and its Christian present. Let’s trace its history.


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Historical accounts say that before Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan came to Cebu on April 7, 1521 to plant the cross on its shore and claim the country for the King of Spain, Sinulog was already danced by the natives in honor of their wooden idols and anitos. Then Magellan came and introduced Christianity. He gave the Santo Nino (image of the Child Jesus) as baptismal gift to Hara Amihan, wife of Cebu’s Rajah Humabon who was later named Queen Juana. At that time, not only the rulers were baptized but also about 800 of their subjects. Unfortunately, however, shortly after the conversion, Magellan went into a reckless adventure by fighting the reigning ruler of Mactan, Rajah Lapulapu, with only a handful of men. He died in the encounter. That was on April 27, 1521.


Source: Philippine Sun Star

SINULOG in honor of Snr. Sto Nino

The Famous Sinulog Festival in Cebu City is held every  year on the third Sunday of January. The festival is characterized by a very long parade with many groups of persons dressed in colorful costumes, finding their way through the streets while dancing the Sinulog.To distinguish the festival from Ati-atihan Festival of Panay island,this festival is characterized by a different dance.This Sinulog dance is now the traditional and ritual dance in honor of Snr. Sto. Nino. The dance is accompanied by the beat of the drums; all the time moving two steps forward and followed by one step backward. Though the dance is very old, the parade is rather young! 1980 was the first year that the parade was organized.

While dancing, people are shouting petitions and thanksgiving to Sto. Nino. Shouting is necessary because the pilgrims have to be sure that they will be heard by Sto Nino.  “Pit Senyor! Viva Senyor!” Pit Senyor kang Tatay kini…..” Sinulog  became indeed a dance ritual in honor of Senor Sto. Nino.

Video source: Youtube; Philippine Travel Advice

SINULOG 2017 Schedule Activities as of November 26, 2016




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SINULOG 2016 STREET PARTY;”Sinulog Rocks”

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“One Beat, One Dance, One Vision” This is Cebu Sinulog Festival”


Special Thanks to:
Philippine Daily News
Cebu Provincial Government
Philippines Travel Advice
A lot of my friends abroad both foreign and local are requesting for an update about Cebu’s yearly annual celebration. “Sinulog Festival”. Here is an update as of November 26, 2016. Based on update.

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