Prititit! Feeling the Sinulog vibe already? You better be, since it’s almost the third Sunday of January when the event is celebrated at the heart of Cebu. Along with all the festive music and colors you will see on the streets, Sinulog can also be your gateway to more adventures and experiences in the Queen City of the South.
If you’re looking to take on new experiences and see new sights while celebrating the festival, here are places you should see and things to do during Sinulog!
1. Join the procession and parades (especially the Grand Parade)
The festivity’s main features are the fluvial parade, solemn procession, and the most anticipated Sinulog Grand Parade. The Solemn Procession takes place in the afternoon, at 2, while the Fluvial Parade begins at 6 a.m.
On the other hand, the Sinulog Grand Parade begins as early as 8:30 in the morning. The participants in this procession display their exquisite dance moves to their ritual dances while sporting vibrant, intricate costumes, making it one of the biggest celebrations in the Philippines.
2. Enjoy the parties and live bands
There are street parties all across Cebu in the evening before and after the major procession. The best performers from Cebu will dazzle you with their incredible voices at the city’s numerous street parties and live performances held during the Sinulog Festival.
The experiences you have will undoubtedly be amazing and unforgettable. Get your face painted and have a beer shower with the locals!
3. Explore Cebu
Take a candlelit stroll from Basilica Minore del Santo Niño to Magellan’s Cross at night, pray, and learn about Cebu’s fascinating past. Participate in a sightseeing tour, a history tour, or a pilgrimage tour that you can include on your schedule for Cebu.
If you wish to tour Cebu City and other province locations on your own, you can also choose to rent a car in Cebu. If you’re more of an adventurer, consider visiting one of Cebu’s breathtaking beaches, including Oslob, Malapascua Island, or Bantayan Island.
4. Indulge yourself in Cebuano food
No festival is complete unless you eat heartily! And the greatest way to appreciate a location is to fully experience its cuisine. One of the best destinations in the Philippines to eat Filipino cuisine is Cebu; thus, you will undoubtedly appreciate the regional specialties in Cebu eateries, including the well-known Lechon, humba, b-ami, and puso.
Visitors must try puso, also known as hanging rice (steamed rice wrapped in banana leaves), which is can be practically found in many food carts in the city. Of course, you should also try out the Cebuano roasted pig known as “Lechon” in Cebu.
5. Seas the day on Cebu’s beaches
Take the opportunity of visiting the best beaches in the region while you’re already in Cebu. If you have more time, you may also travel to Mactan, Bantayan Island, Malapascua, Moalboal, and Oslob, where you can relax on many exquisite white sand beaches or take island-hopping tours in Cebu. You could also look at Cebu’s best dive sites if you wish to explore the island’s waters.
6. Pump up your adrenaline with outdoor activities
In addition, Cebu is home to thrilling activities set against a breathtaking natural backdrop that is well-liked in Philippine vacation packages. These tiers of trips can be completed at Kawasan Falls, for example, which you can also explore by signing up for a canyoneering tour.
Divers can participate in the sardine run tour at Moalboal or take a day trip to Hilutungan Island and Nalusuan Island in the Mactan archipelago, where they can go diving and snorkeling in Cebu.
7. Be mesmerized by the amazing fireworks display
Join the grand finale of the Sinulog festival with a bang by watching the fireworks display in the evening! The Grand Parade is always capped off by the Sinulog Fireworks Competition, which features multicolored fireworks that entertain both locals and visitors. Witnessing the pyro spectacular shows will surely round out your Sinulog experience.