The Sinulog Festival is perhaps the biggest and most recognizable festival in the Philippines and it wouldn’t be dubbed as “the mother of all festivals” for nothing. Its name came from the Cebuano word “sulog” which means “water-like” which explains why Sinulog dances look like choreographed waves from afar.
The entire festival runs for an entire month, with the highlight, the Sinulog parade, done in the third week of January. That’s right, it takes one whole month to complete. Eh kasi naman, sobrang siksik ng fiesta na ‘to and there’s so much to see! Kaya, kung trip mong pumunta, here are some Sinulog feats you shouldn’t miss.
12-foot paper mache giants depicting various characters and icons. We can’t help but notice the details in each Higante. Sa size pa lang nito, masasabi na nating higante din ang creativity ng mga Pinoy.
But why Higantes? ‘Diba meron na tayong Higantes Festival? Okay, game. Quick trivia! The Higantes Festival, like Sinulog, is a Sto. Nino-based festival. After accepting Christianity 44 years after Magellan’s death, our ancestors created the Higantes to guard the baby Christ, the Sto. Nino. There! Buti na lang nakinig ako sa Hekasi teacher ko nung elementary.
Almost like the Higantes, but more “high-tech”. Imagine, how can a single person control a puppet three times his size?
The Higantes and the Puppeteers are paraded for an entire day which concludes with a dance-off between the two groups. Imagine how cool that is. Step up the movie stepped up!
Sinulog Float Parade
Every year, various companies from around the Philippines sponsor Cebuano artists to showcase their talents in the annual Sinulog Float Parade. And with the total visitor count reaching 1 to 2 million, we can say that there’s really something special about their art. The floats wear unique themes of their own; every detail delicately placed and well thought-of.
If you happen to be in Cebu on January 21, 2018, sugod na sa Sinulog Festival! For inquiries, you can reach them at (63.32) 253-3700, or through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.