Sinulog of Santo Nino festival is an annual religious and cultural festival in Cebu, which is one of the most well-known festivals in the Philippines. This festival attracts more than 1-2 million visitors from all over the world. This is one of the best opportunity for you to explore the place and learn more about the festival. This festival is held in the celebration of the country’s famous historical relics which is the Santo Nino de Cebu. This was the statue of baby Jesus which was handed do to the Rajah Humabin of Cebu by Ferdinand Magellan in 1521. This was one of the most important events in religious history. Sinulog comes from the Cebuano word ‘Sulog’ which means ‘like the water current movements’ which is depicted in the forward and backward movement of the Sinulog dance. Sinulog is celebrated on the third Sunday of January. It is highly recommended that you visit the place to experience the festival right. If you are wondering about the things that you can do here are some best ways to spend your day here.
Watch the grand parade
This is one of the main events where the locals can show off their creative and fun side. This is one parade that can easily rival the likes of the colourful festival of Rio which is considered to be the most colourful festival in Asia.
Join the Street Parties
One of the best things that you can experience before the Cebu Sinulog festival is the fact that there are street parties everywhere where locals are allowed to get their face painted and get themselves involved at the beer shower.
Enjoy the food
If you are looking for a place to enjoy the best Filipino food, it is Cebu. There is a variety of Lechon, rumba, b-ami, puso which will help you enjoy the place like a local in Cebu.
Watch the fireworks
This is the grand finale of the festival where one will ending the whole festival with a fireworks display in the evening.
Explore the city
Cebu has known its history and a night walk from the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino to Magellan’s Cross can show you the beauty of this place where you can easily be offered candles and prayers while learning about Cebu.
Join the fluvial parade and solemn procession
There are thousands of devotees which can join the fluvial parade through the boats. This is one fluvial parade which starts from 6 in the morning and lasts to the afternoon.
This is another small yet a part of the Sinulog festival where the actors enact the Baptism of Queen Juana and Rajah Humabon as Catholics which also includes the moment Magellan gave the image of Santa Nino.