20 Exciting Sinulog Events You Shouldn’t Miss

The street buntings are up, the Santo Niño shrines in Fuente are in place, and that one unmistakable beat blasting at full volume wherever you go. That could only mean one thing. The Sinulog season is finally here!

If you’re thinking that the Sinulog Grand Parade or the rave parties on Sinulog Sunday are the only events that you should watch out for, think again. The Sinulog season is filled amazing activities that you will surely enjoy.

To make it easier for you, TheCebuano lists down some of the most exciting Sinulog events you definitely shouldn’t miss!


1. Walk with Jesus Dawn Procession

This Year:  January 5
What’s it about:  Solemn dawn procession attended by thousands
Where:  Fuente Osmeña to Basilica Minore del Santo Niño
Others:  Bring a candle and your Santo Niño image


2. Sinulog Kick Off Parade

This Year:  January 6
What’s it about:  A mini Sinulog parade with contingents from local schools and universities
Where:  Jones Avenue to Cebu City Sports Center


3. Sinulog Idol

This Year:  January 11
What’s it about:  A singing competition utilizing the American Idol format
Where:  Fuente Osmeña circle

Photo: Sinulog Foundation, Inc. Facebook Page


4. Nightly Cultural Presentations

This Year:  January 6 to 14
What’s it about:  Cultural performances by top Cebu City university dance companies
Where:  Fuente Osmeña circle


5. Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan

This Year:  January 7
What’s it about:  Street dancing competition for students from the province of Cebu
Where:  Cebu City Sports Center
Fees:  75


6. Sinulog sa Barangay

This Year:  January 8
What’s it about:  Street dancing competition for students from the city of Cebu
Where:  Cebu City Sports Center
Fees:  75


7. Miss Cebu Coronation Night

This Year:  -
What’s it about:  Pageant and coronation night with 12 candidates vying for the Miss Cebu title
Where:  Waterfront Cebu City Hotel
Fees:  500-2000

Photo: Miss Cebu Facebook Page


8. Sinulog Festival Queen Runway Competition

This Year:  January 12
What’s it about:  Runway competition and photoshoot of Sinulog Festival lead dancers
Where:  SM City Cebu


9. Sinulog Dance Crew Finals

This Year:  January 13
What’s it about:  Hip-hop dance crew competition
Where:  Cebu City Sports Center
Fees:  50 – 70
Others:  Held before the Sinulog Festival Queen Coronation Night

Photo: Sinulog Best Dance Crew Facebook Page


10. Sinulog Festival Queen Coronation Night

This Year:  January 13
What’s it about:  Ritual and Dance performance competition of Sinulog Festival lead dancers
Where:  Cebu City Sports Center
Fees:  50 – 70


11. Cebu Pop Music Festival

This Year:  -
What’s it about:  Songwriting competition open to both professional and amateur songwriters
Where:  Cebu Coliseum
Fees:  100-300

Photo: 34th Cebu Popular Music Festival


12. Fluvial Procession

This Year:  January 14
What’s it about:  Solemn fluvial procession of the image of Señor Santo Niño de Cebu
Where:  Mactan Channel


13. Solemn Foot Procession

This Year:  January 14
What’s it about:  Solemn foot procession of the image of Señor Santo Niño de Cebu
Where:  Major Cebu City Streets – Osmeña Boulevard, Imus Street, General Maxilom Avenue, Colon Street, etc.


14. Sinulog Fireworks Competition

This Year:  January 14
What’s it about:  Fireworks competition held at SM City Cebu open parking
Where:  SM City Cebu


15. Mañanita Mass

This Year:  January 15
What’s it about:  Early morning mass held on the feast day of Señor Santo Niño de Cebu
Where:  Basilica Minore del Santo Niño


16. Sinulog Grand Parade

This Year:  January 15
What’s it about:  Street parade of different dancing contingents
Where:  Cebu City’s Major Streets (Carousel route)


17. Grand Finale

This Year:  January 15
What’s it about:  Grand Finale after the street dancing and ritual competition
Where:  Cebu City Sports Center
Fees:  Sinulog Ticket Pricing


18. Fireworks Shows

This Year:  January 15
What’s it about:  Fireworks display on Sinulog Day
Where:  SM City Cebu, Ayala Center Cebu, SM Seaside City


19. Awarding Ceremonies

This Year:  January 16
What’s it about:  Awarding of Sinulog Ritual and Street Dancing competition winners + Repeat performance of all winners
Where:  Cebu City Sports Center
Fees:  Free


 20. Hubo

This Year:  January 20
What’s it about:  The undressing of the image of Señor Santo Niño to signal the end of the Sinulog season
Where:  Basilica Minore del Santo Niño


How about you? Which Sinulog event are you most excited about this year? Let us know in the comments section

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