Cebu’s Sinulog Festival 2017 Schedule of Events

Cebu’s Sinulog Festival is absolutely one of the most anticipated event every January. Sinulog Festival of Cebu is a week-long celebration of religious and cultural significance. The festival commemorates the first Christian baptism in the Philippines in 1521 during the expedition of Ferdinand Magellan. As a baptismal gift to Hara Amihan, the wife of the Cebu chieftain, He gave an image of Sto. Nino or the Child Jesus. Several days later Magellan died in a battle in neighboring Mactan Island.

44 years later the same image was found by another Spanish explorer. The image were house at the Minor Basilica of the Child Jesus in Cebu as it is considered miraculous. It became the center of Sinulog Festival which was held annually every third Sunday of January. This 2017 the date falls on January 15. So plan ahead and book you flight and hotels now!
Sinulog Festival 2017
Photo by: LEA

Sinulog Festival 2017 Schedule of Events

The Sinulog Festival 2017 officially starts at dawn of January 5, 2017, with a walk with Jesus from Fuente Osmena to the Basilica del Sto. Nino. It will be followed by Hermano y Hermana Mayores of 2017. 
Cebu's Sinulog Festival
Photo by: rjdexplorer
January 5, 2017 Opening Salvo walk with Jesus
               4:00 AM       Assembly Time   (Area) Fuente Osmena
               4:30 AM       Start of Walk Fuente Osmena Blvd. – Basilica del Sto. Nino
               5:30 AM       Installation of Hermano y Hermana Mayores 2017
January 6, 2017  Sinulog Festival Kick Off
              10:00 AM      Sinulog Trade Fair @ SM City Cebu by DTI
              2:00 PM        Solemn Mass ( Basilica del Sto Nino)
              3:00 PM        Launching Parade ( BAsilica del Sto. Nino to CCSC)
              7:00 PM        Opening and Launching Program ( Fuente Osmena)
January 8, 2017  Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan / Sinulog sa Barangay
              3:00 AM       Cebu City 2017 Marathon  (www.cebumarathon.net)

              1:00 PM        Parade of Participants , Plaza Independencia to Cebu City Spots Center
              2:00 PM        Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Barangay & Lalawigan
              10:00 PM      Concert @ Fuente Osmena, Party Bands

January 9, 2017
              10:00 PM      Concert @ Fuente Osmena, Party Bands

January 10, 2017
              10:00 PM      Concert @ Fuente Osmena, Party Bands

January 11, 2017
              8:00 PM        Sinulog Idol @ Fuente Osmena
              9:00 PM        Concert @ Fuente Osmena, Party Bands

January 12, 2017
              6:30 PM        Sinulog Festival Queen Runway Competition and Photo Shoot

January 13, 2017   Visual Merchandising Contest (Dept. Stores and Malls)
              4:00 AM       Walk with Mary (Area) Fuente Osmena – Sto. Nino
              9:00 AM       Solidarity Meeting (All Competing Contingents, Floats, Higante, Puppeteers) @                                            Cebu City Sport Center Gym
              6:00 PM        Sinulog Dance Crew Finals @ Cebu City Sports Center Gym
              7:30 PM        Sinulog Festival Queen 2017 Coronation Night @ Cebu City Sports Center Gym

January 14, 2017
              6:00 AM        Fluvial Procession, of the Miraculous Image of the Sto. Nino
              9:00 AM        Re enactment of the Baptism of Queen Juana and Raja Humabon                                                                 @ Basilica del Sto Nino
             12:00 NN       12th “The Street Vibration and Big Bike Rally 2017” by V-Max Owners Group, Inc                                     Cebu Chapter
             2:00 PM          Solemn Procession of the Miraculous Image of Sto Nino
             7:00 PM          Sinulog Fireworks Competition @ Sm City Cebu

January 15, 2017   Sinulog Grand Parade
              4:00 AM        Mananitas Mass @ Basilica del Sto. Nino
              6:00 AM        Pontifical Mass @ Basilica del Sto. Nino
                                    Holy Mass @ Cebu City Sports Center
                                    Sinulog Grand Parade Carousel Kick Off
              5:00 PM        Grand Finale and Grand Fireworks @ Cebu City Sports Complex
              9:00 PM        Pyrospectacular Show (Pyro Musical Show @ SM City Cebu)
             12:00 MN      Sinulog Fireworks @ SRP

January 16, 2017   Awarding Ceremonies @ Cebu City Sports Complex

January 20, 2017   “HUBO”

January 31, 2017   Judging Sinulog 2017 Photo Contest

February 1, 2017   Judging of Finalist in Short Film/ Video Documentary and Music Video Contest

February 4, 2017   
                1:00 PM     Screening of Finalist Sinulog Short Film Festival @ SM City Cebu
                6:00 PM     Awarding Ceremonies Photo Contest, Short Film and Video Documentary                                                    Contest @ SM City Cebu

February 4, 2017 – February 13, 2017  Photo Exhibit Winning Photos Sinulog 2017 @ SM City Cebu

For more information you can visit Sinulog Festival official Facebook Page
Or you can call Sinulog Office @ 032-253-3700 or 032-254-5010


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