Cebu’s Sinulog: The Grandest Festival in the Philippines
Cebu’s Sinulog is the grandest festival in the Philippines. Sinulog, pronounced as “See-noo-log” one of the most festive, colorful events in the cultural spectrum of the country can hold you in awe. The grand festivities which happens every 3rd Sunday of January. (For this year, it is celebrated on January 19, 2020.) It is attended, not only by Filipinos, but people coming from different parts of the globe also came to witness the celebration.
From the colorful costumes, to the distinctly beautiful dances and to the music of the drums and trumpets, the Sinulog Festival is unchallenged in its grandness and thus earned its name – the “The Mother of All Festivals”.
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.
For more information go to, Sinulog Foundation Inc.