Travel & Leisure

Sinulog 2016 update: The good and the bad + the schedule

The ball had finally dropped! New Year’s Eve is over. Sinulog is just around the corner.

Sinulog is one of the country’s best and colourful festivals, known not only locally but also internationally. And in full honesty, with my 2 years of stay in Cebu, I get more excited with Sinulog more than the New Year holiday.  Tehe!

The festival is in honor of the child Jesus who saved the dying people of the island. “Sinulog” is a Cebuano word which refers to the current of the river. The long celebration usually starts in December and the grand celebration takes place on the 3rd Sunday of the year. The festival is known by its beautiful dance, colourful costumes, the awesome music and the street parties.

However, according to the most recent announcement by the head organizer, Anna Marie Conejero; there will be no street parties. Yes, you got that right. NO STREET PARTIES along the route of the parade.

Street parties are one of the visited events during Sinulog. Most of the street parties take place along Mango Avenue near Osmena Circle (one of the hallmarks of the city) where the parade passes. And these parties usually start early in the morning and last till dawn. Always, the party goers crowds the streets that create human traffic jam. Of course, not only these party goers create the traffic. But this year, the organizers would like people to focus on the sacredness of the festival.

Check out my Sinulog 2015 snaps here.

In the previous celebrations, according to Ms. Conejero, there were reports of inappropriate behaviour at these parties thus; they’ve decided to ban the street parties from January 15 to January 17. Posters and any form of political campaigns are also banned during these days.

Well, honestly, I love the Sinulog street parties! You’ll most likely to see me at Mango, where I party with my friends. But I agree with the organizer’s reason for not allowing street parties. Not only they create heavy human traffic jam that sometimes delays the contingent from performing on the streets, the solemnity of the festival and its meaning is slowly fading.

Also, they are prohibiting political campaigns. Great! We definitely don’t want to see the faces of politicians on the streets. So I hope these candidates will hide in their own cities and rooms with their banners, streamers, posters, flyers and etc.

Here’s the festival’s schedule starting January 2016:

January 3, 2016 (Saturday)
Sinulog Fun Run
5:00 A.M. : Elimination Sinulog 2016 Dance Crew

January 7, 2016 (Thursday) 
Opening Salvo: Walk with Jesus
4:00 A.M. : Assembly Time (Area) Fuente Osmeña
4:30 A.M. : Start of Walk-Fuente Osmeña Blvd. – Basilica del Sto. Niño
5:30 A.M. : Installation of Hermano & Hermana Mayores 2016

January 8, 2016 (Friday)
Sinulog 2016 Kick Off

10:00 am: Sinulog Trade Fair at SM City Cebu by Department of Trade and Industry
2:00 pm: Solemn Mass (Basilica del Santo Niño)
3:00 pm: Launching Parade (Basilica del Santo Niño to CCSC)
6:00 pm: Sinulog Choral Competition Grand Finals at Fuente Osmeña
7:00 pm: Opening and Launching Program, Fuente Osmeña
8:00 pm: Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña Circle)
9:00 pm: Street Party Bands

January 9, 2016 (Saturday)
Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan
1:00 pm: Parade of Participants, Capitol Site to Cebu City Sports Center
2:00 pm: Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan at Cebu City Sports Center
6:00 pm: Sinulog Choral Competition Grand Finals at Robinson’s Galleria at North Reclamation Area
6:30 pm: Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña) by Department of Education – Cebu Province
7:00 pm: Ms. Cebu 2015 Pre Pageant Night at Ayala Activity Center
8:00 pm: Sinulog Idol at Fuente Osmeña Circle
9:00 pm: Concert at Fuente Osmeña Circle, Street Party

January 10, 2016 (Sunday)
Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Dakbayan
3:00 am: Cebu City 2015 Marathon – http://www.cebumarathon.com
1:00 pm: Parade of Participants, Plaza Independencia to Cebu City Sports Center
2:00 pm: Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Dakbayan at Cebu City Sports Center
6:30 pm: Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña) by University of San Carlos, Mandaue City College,
Salazar College of Science and Institute of Technology, Mandaue Science High School
8:00 pm: Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña)
9:00 pm: Concert at the Fuente Osmeña, Street Party Bands

January 11, 2016 (Monday)
6:30 pm: Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña) by University of the Visayas, University of Cebu,
Cebu Normal University
8:00 pm: Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña)
9:00 pm: Concert at the Fuente Osmeña, Street Party Bands

January 12, 2016 (Tuesday)
6:30 pm: Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña) by University of San Jose Recoletos,
Cebu Institute of Technology – University, University of Southern Philippines Foundation
8:00 pm Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña)
9:00 pm: Concert at the Fuente Osmeña, Street Party Bands

January 13, 2016 (Wednesday)
9:00 am: Airport Welcome (Balikbayan Flights)
6:30 pm: Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña) by Department of Education – Cebu City Division
7:00 pm: Ms. Cebu 2016 Coronation Night at Waterfront Hotel Cebu City
8:00 pm: Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña)
9:00 pm: Concert at the Fuente Osmeña, Street Party Bands

January 14, 2016 (Thursday)
9:00 am: Airport Welcome (Balikbayan Flights)
6:00 pm: Balik Cebu Welcome Party at Ayala Activity Center
6:30 pm: Sinulog Festival Queen Runway Competition and Photoshoot
8:00 pm: Handumanan at Ayala Terraces
8:00 pm: Sinulog 2016 Idol Grand Finals at the Fuente Osmeña
9:00 pm: Concert at the Fuente Osmeña, Street Party Bands

January 15, 2016 (Friday)
Visual Merchandising Contest (Dept. Stores and Malls)
4:00 am: Walk with Mary (Area) Fuente Osmeña – Sto. Niño
9:00 am: Solidarity Meeting (All Competing Contingent/Floats/Higante/Puppeteers) at Cebu City Sports Center Gym
6:00 pm: Sinulog 2016 Dance Crew Finals at Cebu City Sports Center
7:30 pm: Sinulog Festival Queen 2016 Coronation Night at Cebu City Sports Center
8:00 pm: Cebu Popular Music Festival at Cebu Coliseum

January 16, 2016 (Saturday)
6:00 am: Fluvial Procession of the Miraculous Image of the Sto. Niño
9:00 am: Re-enactment of the Baptism of Queen Juana and Rajah Humabon
at Basilica del Santo Niño
12:00 pm: 10th “The Street Vibration & Big Bike Rally 2016”
by V-max Owner’s Group, Inc. Cebu Chapter
2:00 pm: Solemn Procession of the Miraculous Image of Sto. Niño
7:00 pm: Sinulog Fireworks Competition at SM City Cebu
7:00 pm: Street Party at Fuente Osmeña and Plaza Independencia

January 17, 2016 (Sunday)
Sinulog Grand Parade Day
4:00 am: Mañanita Mass at Basilica del Sto. Niño
6:00 am: Pontifical Mass with His Eminence Jose S. Palma
8:00 am: Holy Mass at Cebu City Sports Center
9:00 am: Sinulog Grand Parade Carousel Kick Off
7:00 pm: Grand Finale and Grand Fireworks at Cebu City Sports Center
7:30 pm : Street Party Bands, Fuente Osmeña
9:00 pm: Pyrospectacular Show (Pyromusical Show at SM City Cebu)
5:00 pm. – 2:00 am: Concert Series sa Sugbo at SRP Grounds
12:00 am: Sinulog Fireworks at SRP

January 18, 2016 (Monday)
Awarding Ceremonies at Cebu City Sports Center

January 22, 2016 (Friday)
“HUBO”

January 24, 2016 (Sunday)
First Cebu City Triathlon

February 2, 2016 (Tuesday)
Judging Sinulog 2016 Photo Contest

February 3, 2016 (Wednesday)
Judging of Finalist in Short Film / Video Documentary and Music Video Contest

February 6, 2016 (Saturday)
1:00 pm: Screening of Finalists Sinulog Short Film Festival at SM City Cebu
6:00 pm: Awarding Ceremonies Photo Contest, Short Film and Video Documentary Contest at SM City Cebu

February 6, 2016 – February 15, 2016
Photo Exhibit “Winning Photos Sinulog 2016″ at SM City Cebu
Sinulog Foundation Inc.
Telephone Numbers: (6332)253-3700 / (6332)254-5010 / (6332)254-5318 / (6332)254-5319
Website: www.sinulog.ph

Sources:
*Sinulog news: http://www.philstar.com/cebu-news/2015/12/29/1537299/no-street-parties-no-campaigning-during-sinulog
*Sinulog fast facts and festival schedule: http://www.sinulog.ph/

 

 

 

 

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