Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Cebu | Sinulog Festival 2016

Aside from amazing tourist destinations, Cebu is famous for Sinulog Festival. This much-awaited event is annual cultural and religious festival held on the third Sunday of January in Cebu City. It commemorates the Filipino people's acceptance of Christianity  (specifically, Roman Catholicism).

photo credits to Dinno Sandoval

This year, thousands of locals and international tourists converged in the beautiful city of Cebu. They witnessed a street parade where participants are wearing in colorful costumes dance to the rhythm of drums and native gongs. They also entertained on float parade, fluvial procession, beauty pageant, bazaars, concerts and other fun activities.

According to history books, Sinulog is came from the Cebuano word "sulog" which is "like water current movement. It was already celebrated by the locals in honor of their wooden statues during the pre-colonial period. Later on, the image of Sto. Nino was introduced by Spaniards and was brought to Cebu. 

During the festival, people are shouting petitions and thanksgivings to the Santo Niño, “Pit Señor! Señor Santo Niño."Shouting is necessary for the pilgrims in a belief they will be heard by the Santo Niño.

Aside from Sinulog Festival, other festivals in the country are held also in honor of Sto. Nino like Ati-atihan Festival and Dinagyang Festival. 

Schedule of activities for the Sinulog Festival 2016 is not yet announced!  

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