Sinulog Festival

Sinulog Festival

The Sinulog Festival is an annual festival held every third Sunday of January in Cebu City, Maasin City, and Misamis Oriental in the Philippines.  The festival commemorates the Filipino people's pagan origin and their acceptance of Roman Catholicism.

Sinulog is a dance ritual in honor of the miraculous image of the Sto. Nino.  The dance moves two steps forward and one step backward to the sound of the drums.  This movement resembles the current or "Sulog" of what was known as Cebu's Pahina River.  Thus, in Cebuano, it's Sinulog.

The main feature of the festival is a street parade with participants in bright colored costumes dancing to the rhythm of drums, trumpets, and native gongs.  Smaller festivals are held in various part of the country, also to celebrate and honor the Sto. Nino.


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