Cebu Sinulog 2009!
Above, the Sinulog 2008 grand champion (free interpretation category) – the Lumad Basakanon performing during the Tacloban Sangyaw ’08 Festival.
Cebu’s largest annual event in honor of the Santo Niño, the Sinulog, happens this month and will be celebrated for nine days starting January 9 till the 18th. The two major activities – the festival highlights – are the religious procession on Saturday, January 17 and the Sinulog 2009 Grand Parade on the next day, Sunday, January 18.
The Sinulog, as we now know it, started in the 80’s and thru the years has evolved and is now considered one of the most colorful festivals in Asia today.
Dubbed as the country’s “largest and grandest festival,” this year’s Sinulog will again see the participation of contingents coming from different cities and provinces and the participation as well by some foreign revelers.
What makes this year’s festival interesting, specially for Leyteños and Samareños, is that there are reportedly four (4) contingents coming from Eastern Visayas all vying for honors in the festival competition:
1) Buyogan Festival of Abuyog – Grand Champion of the Leyte Pintados- Kasadyaan Festival and one of the finalists of the Aliwan Festival (national level)
2) Tribu Kabatok of Tacloban – Grand Champion of the recent Sangyaw Festival
3) Karatong Festival of Dulag – 2nd placer of the recent Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival
4) Padul-ong Festival of Borongan – a school contingent from Borongan, Eastern Samar
Note that last year’s champion of the Sinulog Festival – the Lumad Basakanon (a consistent winner) – lost to Tacloban’s new Tribu Kabatok during the Sangyaw Festival. The stage is set then for a rematch of sorts.
Organizers have promised another grand show, if not better, this year. Aside from the contingents in tribal costumes, past Sinulog parades have showcased big floats, higantes, puppeteers and other eye-catching parade gimmicks.
There are nightly cultural shows and street parties as well as grand fireworks display.
The Sinulog Foundation, Inc. has started to sell tickets for grandstand seats at the main performance venue, the Cebu City Sports Center (Abellana High School). Ticket prices range from P350-P500.
Would love to see how all this will play out come Jan 18.
And, by the way, we will cover it! 🙂
Here’s the Sinulog 2009 parade route:
Here’s the schedule for the festival’s highlights:
January 17, 2009 (Saturday)
- 6:00 – Fluvial Procession of the Miraculous Image of Sto. Niño together with Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mactan Channel; starting point: Ouano Wharf, Mandaue City)
- 9am – Re-enactment of the Baptism of Queen Juana and Rajah Humabon (Basilica del Sto. Niño)
- 2:00 – Solemn Procession of the Miraculous Image of Sto. Niño
- 6:30 – Sinulog Festival Queen 2009 (Cebu City Sports Center)
- 7:00 – Street Party (Fuente Osmeña and Plaza Independencia)
- 8:00 – Kasadya Nite Mardi Gras (Ayala Center Cebu hallways; culmination at the South Surface Parking Area)
January 18, 2009 (Sunday) – Sinulog 2009 Grand Parade
- 9:00 – Sinulog 2009 Grand Parade Carousel Kick Off
- 7:00 – Grand Fireworks Display (Cebu City Sports Center and Plaza Independencia)
- 7:30 – Concert by Street Party Bands (Fuente Osmeña)
- 8:00 – Grand Fireworks Display (Ayala Football Grounds)
Announcement and awarding of prizes is set for the following day at 1:00 PM, January 19 at the Cebu City Sports Center where the winners are expected to do their performances again.