Cebu’s kick-off events for 2016 – Sinulog & the IEC

Prititit! Viva Pit Señor!

It’s a whole new year and Cebu is not done with the parties just yet. Every year on the third week of January, Sinulog which is one of the grandest and most colourful festivals in the Philippines is celebrated here in the Queen City of the South. Sinulog comes from the Cebuano word (adv.) sulog which roughly means “like water current movement”. It describes the forward-backward movement of the ritual prayer-dance, and the Sinulog dancers sway to the distinct rhythm of the drums to honor the Child Jesus or Señor Santo Niño.

Sinulog Goes Global

This year, the parades and street dancers from Cebu as well as other participating out-of-town contingents will show national costumes of foreign countries. They will wear the national costumes of several countries including Brazil, Egypt, France, Hawaii, India, Indonesia, Hawaii, Malaysia, Mexico, Spain, USA, Venezuela and the Philippines as the theme for 2016 is “Sinulog Goes Global”. According to the executive director of the Sinulog Foundation Inc. (SFI) Ricky Ballesteros, “Since the IEC is held close to the Sinulog, we tried to incorporate the two events. This is also our way of welcoming the IEC delegates to Cebu.”

The International Eucharistic Congress

From one distinguished event to another, Cebu City will also host the International Eucharistic Congress 2016 (IEC) one week after Sinulog. It is safe to expect that both events will draw large crowds especially with the possibility of Pope Francis coming for the IEC. So, the event organizers will have to be ready to face the challenges of handling traffic and people. Every Cebuano should also be patient with some road changes like rerouting in preparation for both Sinulog and the IEC.

Sinulog Grand Parade Day Schedule

The schedule of activities for the Sinulog Festival already started last December 1, 2015 and there’s more to come until February 15, 2016. On January 17, the Sinulog Grand Parade Day will open the event with masses on different locations starting at the Basilica del Sto. Niño at 4:00 AM for the Mañanita Mass. It will then be followed by the Pontifical Mass with His Eminence Jose S. Palma at 6:00 AM, and lastly, at 8:00 AM is the Holy Mass at the Cebu City Sports Center.

The Sinulog Grand Parade Carousel, on the other hand, kicks off on the same date at 9:00 AM, while the Grand Finale and Grand Fireworks will be at 7:00 PM at the Cebu City Sports Center. At 7:30 onwards will be the Street Party Bands at Fuente Osmeña. SM City Cebu will also have a Pyromusical Show at 9:00 PM, while there will be a Sinulog DJ Mixing Grand Finals Night at Fuente Osmeña Circle until 2:00 AM. To close the celebration, there will be Sinulog Fireworks at SRP at midnight. For a complete list of the schedule of activities of the Sinulog events, visit their official page.

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