Sinulog Festival

Sinulog Festival

Every 3rd Sunday of January marks one of the grandest festivals in the Philippines. The Sinulog Festival is a religious event a lot of Filipinos look forward to. The Philippines is a Catholic country and this event only proves how devoted Filipinos are. 

Sinulog is celebrated by local devotees from the Queen City of the South as a show of faith to the Santo Niño, the child Jesus. It’s true that a lot of tourists visit Cebu city to take part in their joyous street parties, but more so to express their undying belief. Even foreigners book a flight despite the increase in airplane and hotel prices just so they can immerse in this cultural event.

The first month of the year is full of scheduled events for the Cebuanos. Parties, competitions, variety shows, trade fairs, and the most awaited grand parade are only some of the activities that make this month memorable. Of course, you can also expect some mass and processions. But did you know that Sinulog has a colorful history to match?

Sinulog, a dance that resembles the movement of water was derived from the Cebuano word “sulog” that means “like water current.”  Some accounts say that this dance has been a part of local tradition way before the Spaniards brought the Santo Niño. There are also other versions of the story that explains how the Sinulog started from Rajah Humabon’s adviser who fell ill and was cured when brought to the room where the Santo Niño was in.

Now that Sinulog expects more and more tourists every year, even reaching over a million people, the event gets more commercialized. Because of the crowd having tendencies of becoming too loud in the past, the local government now bans liquor and unauthorized street parties. That doesn’t mean the local government is being killjoy, there are still parties, only more regulated to ensure the peace and safety of everyone.

You can find out more details about Sinulog and the month-long events lined up here.

If you couldn’t make it back home this year to celebrate Sinulog, why not commemorate your favorite fiesta memories by eating famous Cebu delicacies? We have lots in store for you.


This oval, flaky goodness sprinkled with sugar is perfect with coffee as a late afternoon snack. No Cebu trip is complete without a pack of Otap as pasalubong.

Dried mangoes

It’s no secret that our world famous mangoes are to die for. However, they’re too expensive when exported especially during offseason. One way to enjoy them without the hefty price is to get the dried version that is just as sweet.


A flat, round biscuit with a hole in the middle, this delicacy is so loved by the locals that it has its own festival. It originated from the town of Liloan, made by a woman named Margarita “Titay” Frasco.


Cebu is also famous for their variations of dried fish. Pairing it with fried rice and egg makes a perfect breakfast combination, especially when you dip the danggit on spicy sukang pinakurat.


Longganisa’s little brother (or sister?), chorizo is also a type of pork sausage that is more on the sweet and spicy side. There are various flavors available, so we’re sure you’ll have something that suits your taste.


Carcar is a city in Cebu famous for the world-famous lechon, as well as the sinful chicharon. If you don’t know what chicharon is, it’s deep-fried pork parts that taste so good when dipped in vinegar.

Which food is your favorite from Cebu? Do you have any Sinulog traditions? Tell us, we’d love to know!

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