The Sinulog Festival in Cebu City, Philippines happens every 3rd Sunday of January, and this time, it will be on January 17, 2016. The Sinulog Festival is paying tribute to the Little Child Jesus brought to the city in 1521 by Ferdinand Magellan, the Portuguese navigator, which is now enshrined at the Basilica Minore Del Santo Niño.
It has long been a tradition of Cebuanos and Filipinos all over the country
to visit Cebu City
to celebrate this event year after year.
There will be masses at the Basilica everyday
starting at 4:30 AM and in the afternoon towards the evening.
There will be solemn early morning processions
like Walk With Jesus on January 7
and Walk With Mary on January 15.
There will also be an afternoon procession in the city
on January 16, Saturday before the Grand Parade on Sunday.
The Grand Parade features Floats from participating companies and groups
as well as dancing contingents
who are from different parts of the city and the country
and will culminate at the Cebu City Sports Complex
or the Abellana Sports Center
where all the floats and contingents
will be presented in front of the huge crowd.
Concerts and shows will always be around
days before the Festival up to the Festival itself
where everyone can party and have fun.
A singing contest called Sinulog Idol
will be held nightly at the Fuente Osmeña Circle
starting January 8, Friday
up to January 14, Thursday
for the Grand Finals.
A beauty pageant called Miss Cebu 2016
will be held at the Waterfront Hotel Cebu
on January 13, Wednesday.
And there will be free concerts
at the Fuente Osmeña Circle every night
starting January 8, Friday up to the 17th.
The Grand Parade will end with a grand fireworks display
at the Cebu City Sports Center at around 7:00 P.M.
and around 12:00 M.N. at the South Road Properties.
Popular celebrities also come here to join in the festivities.
The Sinulog Festival 2016
is expected to draw more visitors to Cebu City
because another great event is happening
just few days after the Grand Festival on January 17
which is the 51st International Eucharistic congress.
Anyone can still join in the celebration
by watching clips on line or better,
by traveling to Cebu City the soonest possible time.
There are still lots of hotels and flights available for Cebu City.
Try finding the cheapest flights
and the cheapest hotels below.