Your Guide to Grander SINULOG 2019

Find out what's on Sinulog 2019 (Sinulog Festival, Schedule of Activities, Events, Survival Tips, Places to Stay in Cebu, Photos, Videos)

If sometime in the past you made a leisure tour of the Philippines without experiencing the thrills and excitement of the SINULOG FESTIVAL in Cebu, you should beat the panties out of your travel agent or tour operator. You have been shortchanged. It's like booking you on a Brazil tour and not discovering what CARNIVAL IN RIO was all about. Ok. Perhaps your schedule didn't run parallel to its grand festivities which happen only in January. Fine. The next time around just make sure you do your bookings with a genuine Cebuana. You'll know she's a Cebuana if she's beautiful and shapely and smiles instead of slapping you, if you get fresh.

Photos By: Don Pobre and Louie Plaza

The Sinulog Festival

Sinulog, pronounced as "See-noo-log" is a Cebuano word meaning "like the movement of water currents". And like a strong undercurrent that can grip you...this...one of the most festive, colorful events in the cultural spectrum of the country can hold you in awe. Like a delectable, mouth-watering Kobe steak served on your table, it sizzles. Its frenetic, mantra-like beat from the hundreds of drums during the grand parade cries out for you to let your hair down, join the street dancing and go wild.

Sinulog is actually an ancient ethnic dance performed by the early Cebuanos to pay homage to their gods. With Ferdinand Magellan's coming in 1521 and his gift of a Sto. Niño (Child Jesus) statue to Rajah Humabon's wife, the event not only introduced Christianity to Cebu but it became a foundation for the Sinulog's relevance. A depiction of Queen Juana raising the Sto Nino and blessing her subjects to ward off illnesses and demons became an integral part of the Sinulog Festival.


Sinulog Anthem 2019 By John Carlo Burgos

The Sinulog Grand Parade

Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims, devotees and tourists take part particularly in this grandest of parades. It consists of multi-colored, earthy street pageantry with participants donning vibrant hues and styles made of silk and trimmed or fastened with feathers. In a frenzied mood they dance in the streets to the spell-binding beat of drums and gongs and the mantral cries of "Pit Señor" (Long live the Christ child!) Then, there is also this frenetic whole week of religious and cultural activities climaxing in an all-day, almost all-night street dancing and parading in multi-colored costumes to a heart-thumping beat of native drums, trumpets and gongs. Resonating in the air are cult-like mantras wildly and loudly uttered by half-naked men and women with painted faces, stomping their feet on the ground as if preparing to go on a friendly warpath. This New Orleans-like Mardi Gras happens every 3rd Sunday of January, immediately a day after a mass celebration in the basilica is held in honor of Santo Niño de Cebu, long regarded as the city's patron saint. No invitations are handed out. You just let your hair down and join the fever- pitch revelry in the street.

Sinulog 2019 Festival Grand Parade Day Route Map
January 20, 2019 (Sunday) – Sinulog Grand Parade 9:00AM – Sinulog 2019 Grand Parade Kick Off at Cebu City Sports Center

Sinulog 2019 Festival Grand Parade Day Route Map

The Sinulog Solemn Mass

Like the Hunger Games starting gong, SINULOG also has an official kickoff (in a peaceful way of course) through a solemn mass held at the Basilica del Santo Niño. It's the start of the 9 days novena mass to be attended and completed by thousands (if not millions) of devotees. Most say you get a wish if you complete it, give it a try and expect an unbelievably huge crowd of wishers (or thankers and faithfuls) and witness the heartwarming faith-in-humanity-restoring 'Bato Balani'.

Sinulog Solemn Procession Route on January 19, 2019
1:00PM – Solemn Procession of the Miraculous Image of the Santo Niño

Sinulog Solemn Procession Route

The Sinulog Fluvial Procession

As part of the tradition of bringing the Child Jesus to his parents in the different parishes of Cebu, a fluvial procession is held a day before the grand celebration. The image, encased in glass and bedecked with flowers is brought by watercraft representing a Spanish galleon.

Along with the busiest and wildest streets is also a holy and peaceful tradition held at the sea. It's kept alive by the promises of devotees. Almost a hundred (if not more than) yellow, gold and red flower-decorated, small to medium sized boats, sail at dawn with the holy Child Jesus. Fluvial procession faithful attendees will surely surprise you with inexplicable joy whenever their boat gets a chance to be near with the float of Sr. Santo Niño, it's considered a blessing. Not to mention the flowers that are showered at the bridge. Goose bumps everywhere.

The Sinulog Festival Queen

If there's a festival, there's always a queen. This is one of the title by the very own reigning Miss Earth, Jamie Herrell. This is a search for the Lead Dancer from the contingents participating in the Sinulog Grand Parade based on exceptional beauty and dancing skills. The Festival queen should be able to dance with rhythm and grace accompanied with all artistic considerations (we're talking about some skillful slant-body pose with a huge smile).

Sinulog Festival Queen Cebu

Survival Tips for SINULOG 2019

Survival Tips for SINULOG 2019

Preps

Arrival
Never book a flight on a Sinulog weekend. The city's probably already a chaos by the time you arrive. As for travelers by sea, reserve tickets as early as possible.

Accommodation
September, October and November are good months for hotel bookings. A little too early and a little too late might just disappoint you and your pockets. See .

During

  • Adhere
    Adhere to your body needs like enough rest, food and water. You're gonna need all the energy out in the streets so get enough rest, eat properly and make sure to pack up water before heading out.
  • Attire
    Keep it simple. Shirts, shorts, hats, and sneakers are on top on the list when venturing. In fact, it all goes down on how you style your SINULOG attire. And oh, sunblock and umbrellas too.
  • Attitude
    Keep calm and cool. Keeping it festive is all you need to bear with the huge crowd, constant pushing, paint/beer showers and longer lines. Remember, it-'s all about having fun!
  • Attention
    Keep your belongings at watch (especially for foreigners). The not-so-good people are also at bay during this occasion so really its better safe than sorry.
  • Account
    Take lots and lots of pictures. Share your fun and experience though pictures and social media updates. The internet is a better way to communicate with your friends since mobile networks are most of the time down during SINULOG.

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SINULOG 2019 Schedule of Activities

Pre-Sinulog Kick-off Activities

January 1-31, 2019 – Sinulog Street Fair at Osmeña Boulevard
January 1-21, 2019 – Sinulog Nightly Acitivies at Plaza Independencia & Fuente Osmeña Circle
January 9-19, 2019 – Balik Cebu Booth at Level 1, Ayala Center Cebu
January 9-20, 2019 – Sto. Niño Exhibit at Level 1, Ayala Center Cebu
January 13-20, 2019 – Fiesta at the Park 2019 at Cebu Business Park

SINULOG WEEK ACTIVITIES

January 10, 2019 (Thursday) – Walk with Jesus, Opening Salvo

3:30AM – Assembly at Fuente Osmeña (Fuente Osmeña – Basilica Minore Del Santo Niño)
4:00AM – Start of walk from Fuente Osmeña to Basilica Minore Del Santo Niño
5:30AM – Installation of Hermano & Hermana Mayores 2019
3:00PM – Sinulog Trade Fair at SM City Cebu by DTI
7:00PM – GMA-7 / DYSS Variety Show at Plaza Independencia

January 11, 2019 (Friday) – Sinulog 2019 Kick Off

2:30PM – Solemn Mass at Basilica Del Santo Niño – Opening Salvo Sinulog 2019
3:30PM – Assembly time for the Sinulog 2019 Launching Parade (Plaza Independencia to Cebu City Sports Center)
5:00PM – Sinulog 2019 Grand Launching at Cebu City Sports Center
7:00PM – Opening: Sugbuanong Musika at Fuente Osmeña Circle | Sinulog Idol Launching at Plaza Independencia
8:30PM – PNP Combo @ Fuente Osmeña Circle

January 12, 2019 (Saturday) – Sinulog sa Lalawigan

1:00PM – Parade of Participants (Capitol Grounds to Cebu City Sports Center)
2:00PM – Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan at Cebu City Sports Center
6:00PM – Cultural Show at Fuente Osmeña Circle by Department of Education – Cebu Province
6:30PM – Variety Show at Fuente Osmeña Circle
7:00PM – Sugbuanong Musika Elimination at Fuente Osmeña Circle
7:00PM – Sinulog Idol Elimination Day 1 at Plaza Independencia
8:30PM – Hiphop Dance Competition with Variety Show at Plaza Independencia

January 13, 2019 (Sunday) – Sinulog sa Barangay

10:00AM – Parade of Participants (Plaza Independencia to Cebu City Sports Center)
1:00PM – Sinulog sa Barangay at Cebu City Sports Center
6:00PM – Cultural Show at Fuente Osmeña Circle by UV & Mandaue City Science High School
6:30PM – Variety Show at Fuente Osmeña Circle
7:00PM – Sugbuanong Musika Elimination at Fuente Osmeña Circle
7:00PM – Sinulog Idol Elimination Day 2 at Plaza Independencia
8:30PM – PAL Night Concert at Plaza Independencia

January 14, 2019 (Monday)

6:00PM – Cultural Show at Fuente Osmeña Circle by USPF & CIT University
6:30PM – Variety Show at Fuente Osmeña Circle
7:00PM – Sugbuanong Musika Elimination at Fuente Osmeña Circle
7:00PM – Sinulog Idol Elimination Day 3 at Plaza Independencia
8:30PM – CCTN Night at Plaza Independencia

January 15, 2019 (Tuesday)

6:00PM – Cultural Show at Fuente Osmeña Circle by CTU Danao & USJR
6:30PM – Variety Show at Fuente Osmeña Circle
7:00PM – Sugbuanong Musika Elimination at Fuente Osmeña Circle
7:00PM – Sinulog Idol Elimination Day 4 at Plaza Independencia

January 16, 2019 (Wednesday)

6:00PM – Cultural Show at Fuente Osmeña Circle by DepEd Cebu City & UC
6:30PM – Variety Show at Fuente Osmeña Circle
7:00PM – Sinulog 2019 Festival Queen: Presentation of Candidates at SM Seaside City Cebu
7:00PM – Sugbuanong Musika Elimination at Fuente Osmeña Circle
7:00PM – Sinulog Idol Elimination Day 4 at Plaza Independencia
8:30PM – Cignal Night at Plaza Independencia

January 17, 2019 (Thursday)

5:00PM – Sinulog Festival Queen 2019: Runway Competition at SM City Cebu Northwing Atrium
6:00PM – Balik Cebu Dinner at The Terraces, Ayala Center Cebu
6:00PM – Cultural Show at Fuente Osmeña Circle by USC & SIT
6:30PM – Variety Show at Fuente Osmeña Circle
7:00PM – Sinulog Idol 2019 Grand Finals at Fuente Osmeña Circle
8:30PM – SMB Night at Fuente Osmeña Circle
8:30PM – SKY Night at Plaza Independencia

January 18, 2019 (Friday)

4:00AM – Walk with Mary (Our Lady of Guadalupe Church – Fuente Osmeña – Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño)
7:00AM – Translacion. Walk with Mary. Cebu City to National Shrine of St. Joseph Mandaue.
4:00PM – Opening of Devotee City at Companya Maritima
5:00PM – Sinulog 2019 Festival Queen Coronation Night at Cebu City Sports Center
6:00PM – Cultural Show at Fuente Osmeña Circle by Mandaue City School for the Arts
8:30PM – Coke Studio Night at Fuente Osmeña Circle
8:30PM – SUN Night at Plaza Independencia

January 19, 2019 (Saturday)

2:00AM – Mass at National Shrine of St. Joseph
3:00AM – Mandaue-Lapu-Lapu Traslacion
6:00AM – Fluvial Procession of the Miraculous Image of the Santo Niño (NAVFORCEN Lapu-Lapu to Pier 1)
9:00AM – Re-enactment of the Baptism of Queen Juana & Rajah Humabon at Basilica Del Santo Niño
1:00PM – Solemn Procession of the Miraculous Image of the Santo Niño
6:00PM – Wonju Dynamic Dancing Carnival (Korean Cultural Dance) at Fuente Osmeña Circle
7:00PM – Battle of the Best Pyro Competition (Fireworks Display) at SM City Cebu
8:30PM – Sugbuanong Musika Grand Finals at Fuente Osmeña Circle
8:30PM – IPI Night at Plaza Independencia

January 20, 2019 (Sunday) – Sinulog Grand Parade

4:00AM – Mañanita Mass at Basilica Del Santo Niño
6:00AM – Pontifical Mass at Basilica Del Santo Niño
6:30AM – Holy Mass at Cebu City Sports Center
9:00AM – Sinulog 2019 Grand Parade Kick Off at Cebu City Sports Center
5:00PM – Sinulog 2019 Grand Finale at Cebu City Sports Center
7:00PM – Wonju Dynamic Dancing Carnival (Korean Cultural Dance) at Plaza Independencia
7:00PM – Pyro Musical Show (Fireworks Display) at SM City Cebu
8:00PM – Extraordinary Pyro Magic in the Sky (Fireworks Display) at SM Seaside City Cebu
9:00PM – Festival of Lights – Grand Fireworks Display at Cebu Business Park

POST-SINULOG ACTIVITIES

January 21, 2019 (Monday) – Awarding Ceremonies, 1:00PM at Cebu City Sports Center
January 25, 2019 (Friday) – “HUBO Mass”, 4:00PM at Basilica Minore del Sto.Niño
January 28-29, 2019 – Judging Sinulog 2019 Short Film, Documentation and Music Video Contest
January 29, 2019 (Tuesday) – Judging Sinulog 2019 Photo Contest
February 2, 2019 (Saturday) – Awarding: Sinulog Photo Contest & Short Film Contest at SM Seaside City Cebu
February 2-11, 2019 – Photo Exhibit of Sinulog 2019 Winning Photos at SM Seaside City Cebu

SINULOG 2019 List of Events

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SINULOG 2019 Schedule of Activities

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