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Your Guide to SINULOG 2015 - The Philippines' Grandest Festival! (The Winners, Schedule of Events, Venue, Photos, Videos & More!)

Welcome to the GRANDEST FESTIVAL in the PHILIPPINES - The Cebu Sinulog Festival!
This is your ultimate guide for 2015's most attended celebration in the country.


This is an annual cultural and religious celebration, that commemorates the Filipinos' acceptance of Christianity and to honor Senyor Sto. Niño. A solemn and festive gathering, Sinulog showcases Cebuanos' faith and ingenuity that reminds of the Philippines' Catholic roots. It is a month-long festivity with the main highlight held every third Sunday (or weekend) of January in Cebu City, Philippines with religious processions and grand parade.


The Sinulog 2015 Grand Parade is on January 18th (Sunday) - which is the main highlight of the month-long celebration. But for the visitors to experience the festivity at it's best, it is highly advised to arrive in Cebu 3-4 days before the Grand Parade. Some other highlights of the celebration are the following:
Miss Cebu 2015 Coronation Night - January 14th
Sinulog 2015 Idol Grand Finals  - January 15th
Sinulog Festival Queen 2015 Coronation Night - January 16th
Fluvial and Solemn Procession - January 17th
Grand Parade and Street Party - January 18th

Please refer to below for full Sinulog 2015 Schedule of Events.
Source: Sinulog Foundation, Inc. Facebook Page
*Please note that below schedule may change without prior notice.

December 01, 2014 – January 31, 2015 - Sinulog Street Fair, Osmeña Blvd.

December 27, 2014 – January 24, 2015 - Sinulog 2014 Winning Photos Exhibit @ SM City Cebu

December 30, 2014 (Tuesday) - Sinulog 2015 Fun Run
5:00 A.M. - Elimination Sinulog 2015 Dance Crew

January 8, 2015 (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 2015

January 9, 2015 (Friday) - Sinulog 2015 Kick Off
10:00 A.M. -Sinulog Trade Fair @ SM City Cebu by Department of Trade and Industry
2:00 P.M. -Solemn Mass (Basilica del Santo Niño)
3:00 P.M. -Launching Parade (Basilica del Santo Niño to CCSC)
7:00 P.M. -Opening and Launching Program, Fuente Osmeña
8:00 P.M. -Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña Circle)
9:00 P.M. -Street Party Bands

January 10, 2015 (Saturday) - Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan
1:00 P.M. Parade of Participants, Capitol Site to Cebu City Sports Center
2:00 P.M. Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan @ Cebu City Sports Center
6:30 P.M. Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña)

January 11, 2015 (Sunday) - Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Dakbayan
4:00 P.M. Cebu City 2015 Marathon – www.cebumarathon.com
1:00 P.M. Parade of Participants, Plaza Independencia to Cebu City Sports Center
2:00 P.M. Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Dakbayan @ Cebu City Sports Center
6:00 P.M. Grand Finals of Sinulog Choral Competition
6:30 P.M. Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña)
8:00 P.M. Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña)
9:00 P.M. Concert @ the Fuente Osmeña, Street Party Bands

January 12, 2015 (Monday)
6:30 P.M. Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña)
8:00 P.M. Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña)
9:00 P.M. Concert @ the Fuente Osmeña, Street Party Bands

January 13, 2015 (Tuesday)
6:30 P.M. Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña)
8:00 P.M. Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña)
9:00 P.M. Concert @ the Fuente Osmeña, Street Party Bands

January 14, 2015 (Wednesday)
9:00 A.M. Airport Welcome (Balikbayan Flights)
6:30 P.M. Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña)
7:00 P.M. Ms. Cebu 2015 Coronation Night

January 15, 2015 (Thursday) - Sinulog 2015 Idol Grand Finals
- Sinulog Festival Queen Runway Competition and Photo shoot

January 16, 2015 (Friday) Visual Merchandising Contest (Dept. Stores and Malls)
- Sinulog 2015 Dance Crew Finals
- Sinulog Festival Queen 2015 Coronation Night @ Cebu City
Sports Center

January 17, 2015 (Saturday)
6:00 A.M. - Fluvial Procession of the Miraculous Image of the Sto. Niño
9:00 A.M. -Re-enactment of the Baptism of Queen Juana and Rajah Humabon Basilica del Santo Niño
2:00 P.M. -Solemn Procession of the Miraculous Image of Sto. Niño
7:00 P.M. -Sinulog Fireworks Competition @ SM City Cebu
7:00 P.M. -Street Party @ Fuente Osmeña

January 18, 2015 (Sunday) Sinulog Grand Parade
4:00 A.M. -Mañanita Mass @ Basilica del Sto. Niño
6:00 A.M. -Pontifical Mass with His Eminence Jose S. Palma @ Basilica del Sto. Nino
8:00 A.M. -Holy Mass @ Cebu City Sports Center
9:00 A.M. -Sinulog Grand Parade Carousel Kick Off
7:00 P.M. -Grand Finale and Grand Fireworks @ Cebu City Sports Center
7:30 P.M. -Street Party Bands, Fuente Osmeña
9:00 P.M. -Pyrospectacular Show (Pyromusical Show @ SM City Cebu)
5:00 P.M. – 2:00 A.M. -Concert Series sa Sugbo @ SRP Grounds
12:00 MN -Sinulog Fireworks @SRP

January 19, 2015 (Monday) - Awarding Ceremonies @ Cebu City Sports Center

January 23, 2015 (Friday) - “HUBO”

January 24, 2015 (Saturday)
-Judging of Finalists Short Film/Video Documentary Contest
-Sinulog 2014 Photo Contest Winners Exhibit

January 31, 2015 (Saturday)
1:00 P.M. -Judging of Finalists Sinulog Short Film Festival @ SM City Cebu
6:00 P.M. -Awarding Ceremonies Photo Contest, Short Film and Video Documentary Contest @ SM City Cebu

January 31, 2015 – February 8, 2015 -Photo Exhibit “Winning Photos Sinulog 2015" @ SM City Cebu


You can download the Sinulog Festival Theme, click below link for the FREE MP3 Download of Sinulog Theme:

Filename: SinulogFestival_ThemeRemixByTravelersCouch.mp3
File size: 14.39 MB


Here are the Official Results of the Sinulog Festival 2015 Grand Parade held last January 18th, 2015 in Cebu City, Philippines:

A. Sinulog-Based Category

Champion- Kulturang Placereño of Masbate
2nd Place- Tribu Sinanduloy of Tangub City
3rd Place- Carcar City Division
4th Place- Tuburan National High School
5th Place- Talisay City Central School
Best in Costume- Tribu Sinanduloy of Tangub City
Best in Musicality- Carcar City Division

B. Free-Interpretation Category

Champion- Buyogan Festival of Abuyog, Leyte
2nd Place- Tribu Lingganay of Alang-alang, Leyte
3rd Place- Tribu Himag-ulaw of Placer, Masbate
4th Place- Tribu Katbalaugan of Catbalogan City, Samar
5th Place- Lumad Basakanon

Best in Costume- Tribu Lingganay of Alang-alang, Leyte
Best in Musicality- Buyogan Festival of Abuyog, Leyte

C. Best in Streetdancing

1st Prize Winner- Lumad Basakanon
2nd Prize Winner- Tribu Sinanduloy of Tangub City
3rd Prize Winner- Kulturang Placereño of Masbate
4th Prize Winner- Buyogan Festival of Abuyog, Leyte
5th Prize Winner- Tribu Lingganay of Alang-alang, Leyte


Here's a Youtube Video of Pope Francis on his visit in the Philippines, with thousands of Filipinos waving hands to the beat of Sinulog Theme held exactly same day as the Sinulog Grand Parade happening in Cebu, Philippines last January 18th, 2015.


Considered as the Philippines' Queen City of the South, Cebu City is the main venue of Sinulog Festival. It is the "second capital" of the Philippines and a significant center for commerce and trade in Visayas Area. Being the oldest city in the country, it is also where the Philippines' oldest church can be found - the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño where the miraculous image of Senyor Sto. Niño resides.


By Air:
The Mactan-Cebu International Airport serves as the gateway to Cebu, Philippines. It serves both domestic and international flights daily. For international flights, you might consider below airlines and specified origins with direct flights going to Cebu:

Hong Kong - Cathay Pacific, Cebu Pacific
Japan via Nagoya/Centrair - Philippine Airlines
Japan via Osaka-Kansai - Philippine Airlines
Japan via Tokyo/Narita - Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines
Malaysia via Kota Kinabalu - Air Asia
Malaysia via Kuala Lumpur - Air Asia
Papua New Guinea via Port Moresby - Air Niugini
Russia via Moscow-Sheremetyevo - **Orenair
Singapore - Cebu Pacific, SilkAir, TigerAir
South Korea via Busan - Air Busan, Jeju Air, Korean Air
South Korea via Seoul-Incheon - Air Asia, Asiana Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Jeju Air, Jin Air, Korean Air, Philippine Airlines
Taiwan via Taipei/Taoyuan - *China Airlines, **Far Eastern Air Transport
Thailand via Bangkok - *Cebu Pacific

 *Seasonal Flight
**Charter Flight

For domestic origin, there are daily flights for major cities in the Philippines directly flying to/from Cebu, to name a few: Manila, Davao, Clark, Bacolod, Cagayan De Oro, Iloilo, Kalibo, Puerto Princesa, Zamboanga, General Santos, Surigao, Dumaguete and more. You may checkout the following airlines for available flights: Air Asia, Cebu Pacific Air, Philippine Airlines and TigerAir Philippines.

By Sea:
Port of Cebu is considered the busiest port in the Philippines in terms of annual passengers. You can take ferries or any sea transportation departing from big cities in the country like Manila, Bohol, Cagayan De Oro, Iloilo, Davao, Leyte, Surigao and Negros among many others.


Metro Cebu offers wide range of accommodations, from budget class to mid-range to high class hotels. Considering the millions of attendees for the past years, it is highly advised to make hotel reservations a month or two ahead from the event schedule. You may need to stay within or nearby Cebu City Downtown Area for convenience as most of Sinulog activites are held in the area. Just in case you also want to have a beach-side accommodation around 30 minutes away from downtown area, you may want to consider below resorts situated in Mactan Island
(click the label below the photo for details):

- Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu -

- Best Western Cebu Sand Bar Resort -


After enjoying the Sinulog Festival in Cebu City, you may want to discover more as to what Cebu can offer. Here are some of the most visited beach and island destinations in Cebu, Philippines
(click the label below the photo for details):


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