Experience the most fun and well-celebrated festivals in the Philippines this January 2018! Visit the Queen City of the South for their Sinulog Festival!
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Sinulog Festival Details
Events & Activities Duration: December 1, 2017 – January 31, 2018
Main Celebration: January 20-21, 2018
Location: Cebu City
The Sinulog-Santo Niño Festival is an annual cultural and religious festival held on the third Sunday of January in Cebu City. It is the centre of the Santo Niño Catholic celebrations in the Philippines.
The festival is considered to be first of most popular festivals in the Philippines. Every year, this festival attracts 1 to 2 million people from all over the Philippines and abroad. Mostly, people visit Sinulog for its street parties, trade events, and themed contests.
List of Sinulog Festival Events
Check out this list of events, contest and pageantry highlights for Sinulog Festival 2018.
Sinulog Trade and Street Fair 2018
Aside from the colorful and festive dancing, there is also the SME trade and street fair where Sinulog features Cebu export quality products and people around the world flock to the treasures that are Cebu.
Sinulog Trade Fair participants include entrepreneurs who are selling processed food, home decors, wearables and are involved in health and wellness. The trade event aims to attract both local and foreign visitors who are visiting during the Sinulog festival to buy the locally made products.
Meanwhile, a Sinulog street trade fair is also annually put up along Osmeña Boulevard in Cebu City. The street fair, organized by the Sinulog Foundation Inc. (SFI), aims to help local traders from Cebu and other provinces in the countryside to showcase their products and generate income for the foundation. The participants include those who sell bags, key chains, home decors, personalized items and souvenir shirts. Other vendors also have delicacies, accessories, wooden products and other native items to offer.
Sinulog Fun Run 2018
Experience the happiest and most colorful run in the Philippines, the Sinulog Fun Run! Twenty-two (22) and under runners get FREE registration for 3K, 5K and 10K categories.
Registration Period: November 13, 2017 – January 01, 2018
Fun Run Date: January 07, 2018
Venue: Cebu City Sports Center [map]
Registration Fee: 3K (P350), 5K (P400), 10K (P500) and twenty-two (22) and under runners get FREE registration.
Awards for 22-under Boys & Girls
5K Category (22-under): 1st Prize (P5,000) | 2nd Prize (P3,000) | 3rd Prize (P2,000) plus medals
5K Category (16-under): 1st Prize (P4,000) | 2nd Prize (P2,500) | 3rd Prize (P1,500) plus medals
3K Category (12-under): 1st Prize (P3,000) | 2nd Prize (P2,000) | 3rd Prize (P1,000) plus medals
Top 60 runners (22-under): FREE 12 coaching sessions with Coach JP Duenas
Awards for 23-above Men & Women
10K Category: 1st Prize (P5,000) | 2nd Prize (P3,000) | 3rd Prize (P2,000) plus medals
4th to 10th Place Winners will receive medals but no cash prize
5K Category: Top 10 finishers will receive medals but no cash prize
3K Category: Top 10 finishers will receive medals but no cash prize plus FREE 10 coaching sessions with Coach JP Duenas
How To Register Online
STEP 1: Fill out the Online Registration Form
STEP 2: Pay the Registration Fee
Credit Card / Debit Card / PayPal (If you paid via Credit Card / PayPal, proceed to STEP 4)
STEP 3: Scan or take a photo of the deposit slip or payment receipt, and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject, “Deposit Slip: <Your Name>, PSC – Sinulog Fun Run”. Then Request the organizer to confirm your registration.
STEP 4: Receive Confirmation Email. It will contain instructions on how to claim your Race Kit.
Other Registration Site
PSC Cebu Office
Cebu City Sports Center
RR Landon St., Cebu CIty
Sinulog 2018 Kick Off
Join the Cebuanos as they celebrate their patron, Santo Niño.
Duration: January 12, 2018
10:00AM– Sinulog Trade Fair at SM City Cebu by The Department of Trade and Industry
2:00PM– Solemn Mass at Basilica Del Santo Niño – Opening Salvo Sinulog 2018
3:00PM– Sinulog 2018 Launching Parade (Basilica to Fuente Circle to Cebu City Sports Center)
7:00PM– Opening and Launching Program at Plaza Independencia; Sinulog Idol; Presentation of Sinulog Festival Queen; and Sinulog Dance Crew
Sinulog 2018 Cultural Show
Duration: January 13 – January 20, 2018, 6:30 PM
Location: Plaza Independencia
One of the most awaited events in Sinulog Festival is their cultural shows, which are presented by different universities and colleges in Cebu City. This year Sinulog Cultural Show will kick off with a presentation by the Department of Education – Cebu Province scheduled on January 13. On January 14, Cebu Technological University and Indiana Aerospace University will showcase their talents.
The University of Visayas and University of Cebu will take the center stage on January 15; while Mandaue City College and Mandaue School for the Arts on January 16. Salazar Institute of Technology and Cebu Doctors University will have the spotlight on January 17. On January 18 and 19 the University of San Carlos, University of Southern Philippines Foundation, University of San Jose Recoletos, and Cebu Institute Technology University will handle the cultural show.
On its last day, the Department of Education – Cebu City will present their talents.
Sinulog 2018 Concert
Duration: January 13 – January 21, 2018
Location: Plaza Independencia
Aside from the festive parade, cultural shows and other activities, Sinulog Festival 2018 will also be graced by up and coming OPM artists. Surely, concert performers are not just Cebu natives but also from different provinces and Metro Manila.
One of the artists who already confirmed their participation in Sinulog Festival is the OPM band Parokya ni Edgar. They will be performing on January 21, 2018 at eight (8) in the evening. Visitors will definitely enjoy their pop, rock and alternative music like “Buloy,” “Harana” and “Picha Pie.”
Some of the Coke Studio Artists will also hold a concert in Sinulog Festival 2018 on January 20, 2018 at nine (9) in the evening.
Sinulog 2018 Grand Parade
Duration: January 21, 2018
Location: Plaza Independencia
Sinulog Festival Grand Parade is the most-awaited event in the festivity. At the center of it all is the full-day procession. Visitors love to watch the parade specifically the vivid costumes of the dancers who come from all over the country. Another attraction is the street parties which take place the day before and the day of the main event.
Sinulog Festival Brief History
Sinulog Festival is a significant festival in Philippines. The annual festival, held on the third Sunday of January, infuses both culture and religion.
It is a dance ritual in honor of the miraculous image of the Santo Nino. The dance moves two steps forward and one step backward to the sound of the drums. This resembles the current (sulog) of what was then known as Cebu’s Pahina River. That is why it is called “Sinulog.” However, some historians say that Sinulog, which is of pagan origin, is the link between the country’s pagan past and its Christian present.
Historians now say that during the 44 years between the coming of Magellan and Legaspi, the natives continued to dance the Sinulog. This time, however, they danced it no longer to worship their native idols but as a sign of reverence to the Santo Nino which is now enshrined at the San Agustin Church (renamed Basilica Minore del Santo Nino).
One of the main highlights of the festival is the grand street parade which lasts for 9 to 12 hours (practically the entire day) with participants coming from the different towns and cities of Cebu and from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao across the Philippines. The Sinulog dance contingents are dressed in bright coloured costumes dancing gracefully to the rhythm of drums, trumpet and native gongs.
More of the Philippines’ festivals? Stay tuned!