Thousands trooped to Cebu for the Sinulog Festival

Thousands of tourists, and devotees of the miraculous Santo Niño converged at the Queen City of the South to celebrate what has been known as the Philippines largest religious event: The Sinulog Festival.

Sinulog Festival

On the final day of the festivity, 50 groups coming from towns all over Cebu, as well as from other provinces dressed in their most colorful and elaborate costume to compete in the 2007 Cebu Sinulog Festival Grand Parade.

The parade started from 9 in the morning, and ended at 7PM. dancers circle the parade route which extends to 4.8 kilometers long.

Sinulog Festival

Sinulog came from the Visayan term Sulog which refers to the rushing flow of the water. The Sinulog is a unique ritual of offering prayers to the Santo Niño, by holding canlde sticks, and dancing two steps forward and one step backward, thus, immitating the flow of the river.

The destival is not really that old, now on its 27th year, but the tradition of offering prayers through chanting and dancing has already been in existence in Cebu for more than a century ago.

Sinulog Festival
Viva, Pit Senyor Santo Niño!

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  • Zia

    Pano po ba inicecelebrate ang sinulog fes. kasi po kaialngan nmin isulat pra sa project po nmin….

  • Sinulog is always a fun time to celebrate. I have lots of images of the festival from 2007 and 2008 on my Travel and Stock Photography site.

  • Richard A

    Thanks to all who made Cebu Sinulog 2007 an overwhelming success. Despite the commerciality of the FEstival soaring high, its undeniable that what separates the Sinulog Festival from the rest is the religious aspect. More power to Sinulog, Cebu City and to Snr. Sto Nino. Viva Pit Senyor!

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  • e8e

    I live in Japan and have been here for here for a very long time. Your site reminds me of the many beautiful places in the Philippines. Though a Filipino, I have not visited the many places you feature yet. Like the many tourist, I wish I could visit and also see the many wonderful festivals in the Philippines.

    I often talk about and show my Japanese friends about your features and they are very much interested, too.

    I have a blog at the Japanese Yahoo site http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/english8experience

    I would like to feature your site. I hope it’s OK.
    Will it also be OK to use one photo? Like the Sinulog pic?

    Thanks a lot and more power on your site.