The Ultimate Sinulog Festival Guide in Cebu

Viva Pit Senyor! Welcome to the grandest festival in the Philippines!

Sinulog Festival, dubbed as the mother of all festivals in the country, is happening every third Sunday of January in the Queen City of the South. Sinulog is both a cultural and religious celebration in honor of Sto. Niño.

There are many reasons why you should be attending Sinulog Festival but if you have already decided to join the celebration, make sure to set expectations when it comes to meeting strangers and new friends. Sure, the streets of Cebu will be crowded during these days!

If you’re here in Cebu to attend Sinulog or planning to be here in the upcoming years, this guide is created for you. We have listed the schedule of activities and novena masses, too.

 

Sinulog 2018 Schedule of Activities

Being the mother of all festivals in the Philippines, Sinulog Festival is set to become yet another spectacular year this 2018. If you are a Cebuano or a tourist visiting the island, it’s best to know the schedule of activities happening this Sinulog.

January is without a doubt the busiest month of the year where everyone is enjoying the festivities according to their interests.


December 01, 2017 – January 31, 2018
Sinulog Street Fair at Osmeña Boulevard

January 7, 2018 (Sunday)
5:00 AM Sinulog Fun Run by Philippine Sports Commission
4:00 PM Kick Off (Route: same as Sinulog Grand Parade)
Sinulog Dance Crew 2018 Elimination

January 11, 2018 (Thursday)
Opening Salvo – Walk with Jesus
4:00 AM Assembly at Fuente Osmeña (Fuente Osmeña-Osmeña Blvd.-Basilica Minore Del Santo Niño)
4:30 AM Start of Walk from Fuente Osmeña to Basilica Minore Del Santo Niño
5:30 AM Installation of Hermano and Hermana Mayores 2017

January 12, 2018 (Friday)
Sinulog 2018 Kick Off
10:00 AM Sinulog Trade Fair at SM City Cebu by The Department of Trade and Industry
2:00 PM Solemn Mass at Basilica Del Santo Niño – Opening Salvo Sinulog 2018
3:00 PM Sinulog 2018 Launching Parade (Basilica to Fuente Circle to Cebu City Sports Center)
7:00 PM Opening & Launching Program at Plaza Independencia; Presentation of Sinulog Festival Queen/Sinulog Idol/Sinulog Dance Crew

January 13, 2018 (Saturday)
Sinulog sa Lalawigan
1:00 PM Parade of Participants from Capitol Grounds to Cebu City Sports Complex
2:00 PM Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan at Cebu City Sports Center
6:30 PM Cultural Show at Plaza Independencia by Department of Education – Cebu Province
8:00 PM Sinulog Idol Elimination
8:00 PM Concert at Plaza Independencia

January 14, 2018 (Sunday)
Sinulog sa Barangay
12:00 PM Parade of Participants from Legaspi Ext. Plaza Independencia to Cebu City Sports Complex
1:00 PM Sinulog sa Barangay at Cebu City Sports Center
6:30 PM Cultural Show at Plaza Independencia by Cebu Technological University & Indiana Aerospace University
4:00 PM Sinulog Idol Elimination
8:00 PM Concert at Plaza Independencia

January 15, 2018 (Monday)
6:30 PM Cultural Show at Plaza Independencia by University of Visayas & University of Cebu
4:00 PM Sinulog Idol Elimination
8:00 PM Concert at Plaza Independencia

January 16, 2018 (Tuesday)
6:30 PM Cultural Show at Plaza Independencia by Mandaue City College & Mandaue School for the Arts
8:00 PM Concert at Plaza Independencia

January 17, 2018 (Wednesday)
6:30 PM Cultural Show at Plaza Independencia by Salazar Institute of Technology and Cebu Doctors University
8:00 PM Concert at Plaza Independencia

January 18, 2018 (Thursday)
10:00 AM Sinulog Festival Queen 2018 Photo Shoot at SM City Cebu Events Center
6:00 PM Sinulog Festival Queen 2018 Parade of Costumes & Runway Competition at SM City Cebu Northwing Atrium
6:30 PM Cultural Show at Plaza Independencia by University of San Carlos
8:00 PM Sky Night at Plaza Independencia c/o Sky Cable

January 19, 2018 (Friday)
4:00 AM Walk with Mary (Our Lady of Guadalupe Church-V. Rama Ave.-left to B. Rodriguez St.- Fuente Osmeña-Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño
Cebu-Mandaue-Lapu-Lapu Traslacion
9:00 AM Solidarity Meeting (All Competing Contingents, Floats, Higante, & Puppeteers) at Cebu City Sports Complex
6:30 PM Cultural Show at Plaza Independencia by University of Southern Philippines Foundation, University of San Jose Recoletos, and Cebu Institute Technology University
7:30 PM Sinulog Festival 2018 Festival Queen Coronation Night and Sinulog Dance Crew Grand Showdown at Cebu City Sports Center
9:00 PM Concert at Plaza Independencia

January 20, 2018 (Saturday)
2:00 AM Mass at National Shrine of St. Joseph
Mandaue-Lapu-Lapu Traslacion
3:00 AM Fluvial Procession of the Miraculous Image of the Santo Niño
9:00 AM Re-enactment of the Baptism of Queen Juana & Rajah Humabon at Basilica Del Santo Niño
1:00 PM Solemn Procession of the Miraculous Image of the Santo Niño
6:30 PM Cultural Show at Plaza Independencia
Department of Education – Cebu City
Sinulog Idol 2018 Grand Finals at Plaza Independencia
7:00 PM Sinulog Fireworks Competition at SM City Cebu
9:00 PM Coke Studio Artists at Plaza Independencia by Coca-Cola

January 21, 2018 (Sunday)
Sinulog Grand Parade
4:00 AM Mañanita Mass at Basilica Del Santo Niño
6:00 AM Pontifical Mass at Basilica Del Santo Niño
7:00 AM Holy Mass at Cebu City Sports Complex
8:00 AM Short Program
8:30 AM Sinulog 2018 Grand Parade Kick Off at Cebu City Sports Complex
4:00 PM Sinulog 2018 Grand Finale at Cebu City Sports Complex
6:00 PM Concert at Plaza Independencia with Mofo Band
8:00 PM Parokya ni Edgar at Plaza Independencia by Globe Telecom

January 22, 2018 (Monday)
Awarding Ceremonies
1:00 PM Awarding Ceremonies at Cebu City Sports Center

January 26, 2018 (Friday)
“HUBO Mass”
4:00 AM Mass at Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño Pilgrim Center

 

Sinulog 2018 Schedule of Novena Masses

Yes, Sinulog wouldn’t be possible without the Child Jesus, Sto. Niño. At the Basilica del Sto. Niño Minore in downtown Cebu, several novena masses are scheduled during the entire day. If you want to give thanks for all the blessings you received or have any wishes to Sto. Niño, attending and completing the 9-day novena masses is recommended.

DAY 1: January 11, 2018 (Thursday) – OPENING SALVO
3:30 AM – Assembly Time at Fuente Osmeña
4:00 AM – Walk with Jesus (Route: Fuente Osmeña – Osmeña Boulevard – Basilica)
5:30 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
– Installation of Hermana Mayor and Hermana Mayores 2017
– Venue: Santo Niño Pilgrim Center
7:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
8:30 AM – Holy Mass (English)
10:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
11:30 AM – Holy Mass (English)
1:00 PM – Holy Mass (English)
2:30 PM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
4:00 PM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
5:30 PM – Holy Mass (English)
7:00 PM – Holy Mass (English)

DAYS 2-8: January 12, 2018 (Friday) – January 18, 2018 (Thursday) Novena Mass Schedules with Pilgrim Sponsors
4:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano) – City Parishes / Barangay
5:30 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano) – City Parishes / Barangay
7:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano) – Business Sectors
8:30 AM – Holy Mass (English) – Basic Education (Private Schools)
10:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano) – District and Vicariate Parishes
11:30 AM – Holy Mass (English) – Business Sectors
1:00 PM – Holy Mass (English) – City and Provincial Government Offices
2:30 PM – Holy Mass (Cebuano) – Basic Education (Public Schools by District)
4:00 PM – Holy Mass (Cebuano) – Colleges
5:30 PM – Holy Mass (English) – Universities
7:00 PM – Holy Mass (English) – Archdiocesan Organizations, Movements, and Communities

DAY 9: January 19, 2018 (Friday)
3:30 AM – Assembly Time at Fuente Osmeña
4:00 AM – Walk with Mary (Route: Fuente Osmeña – Osmeña Boulevard – Basilica)
5:30 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
– Venue: Santo Niño Pilgrim Center
7:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
8:30 AM – Holy Mass (English)
10:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
11:30 AM – Holy Mass (English)
1:00 PM – Holy Mass (English)
2:30 PM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
4:00 PM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
5:30 PM – Holy Mass (English)
7:00 PM – Holy Mass (English)

January 20, 2018 (Saturday) – Visperas Day
2:00 AM – Holy Mass and Send-Off Rites
– Venue: National Shrine of St. Joseph, Mandaue City
3:00 AM – Traslacion
– from: National Shrine of St. Joseph, Mandaue City
– to: National Shrine of Nuestra Señora Virgen de la Regla, Lapu-Lapu City
4:00 AM – Holy Mass
– Venue: National Shrine of Nuestra Señora Virgen de la Regla, Lapu-Lapu City
5:30 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
– Venue: Santo Niño Pilgrim Center
6:00 AM – Fluvial Parade
– from: NAVFORCEN, Lapu-Lapu City
– to: Pier 1, Cebu City
7:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
– Venue: Santo Niño Pilgrim Center
9:00 AM – Re-enactment of the First Mass, Wedding and Baptism
– Venue: Santo Niño Pilgrim Center
1:00 PM – Solemn Procession
– Route: Basilica – Osmeña Boulevard – right turn to General Maxilom Avenue – left turn to Imus Street – left turn to MJ Cuenco Avenue – right turn to P. Burgos Street – right turn to Osmeña Boulevard – back to Basilica
6:00 PM – Pontifical Mass
– Venue: Santo Niño Pilgrim Center
8:00 PM – Religious Sinulog to Santo Niño
– Venue: Santo Niño Pilgrim Center

January 21, 2018 (Sunday) – Fiesta Señor Day
4:00AM – Mañanita Mass
6:00AM – Pontifical Mass by His Excellency Archbishop Jose S. Palma, DD
8:30 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
10:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
11:30 AM – Holy Mass (English)
1:00 PM – Holy Mass (English)
2:30 PM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
4:00 PM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
5:30 PM – Holy Mass (English)
7:00 PM – Holy Mass (English)

January 22, 2018 (Monday) – Thanksgiving Day
6:00 AM – Holy Mass
7:00 AM – Holy Mass
8:00 AM – Holy Mass
10:00 AM – Holy Mass
2:00 PM – Holy Mass
4:00 PM – Holy Mass
5:30 PM – Holy Mass
7:00 PM – Holy Mass

January 26, 2018 (Friday) – Adlaw sa Hubo
4:00AM – Hubo Mass
– Venue: Santo Niño Pilgrim Center
6:00 AM – Holy Mass
7:00 AM – Holy Mass
8:00 AM – Holy Mass
9:00 AM – Holy Mass
10:00 AM – Holy Mass
11:00 AM – Holy Mass
12:00 NN – Holy Mass
1:00 PM – Holy Mass
2:00 PM – Holy Mass
3:00 PM – Holy Mass
4:00 PM – Holy Mass
5:00 PM – Holy Mass
6:00 PM – Holy Mass
7:00 PM – Holy Mass

 

Where to Stay in Cebu This Sinulog 2018

If you’re looking for a place to stay in Cebu, we have curated the list of budget hotels near the Sinulog parade route.

 

Cebu Event Guide for Sinulog 2018

With all these events happening in Cebu this Sinulog 2018, we made sure you’re the first to know so we curated Cebu Event Guide Sinulog Special. Check it out!

 

If you’re sharing your moments online, make sure to add these awesome hashtags in social media: #Sinulog #Sinulog2018 #ShopcastSinulog. Make sure to enjoy the festivities whether you’re with your friends or families.

Viva Pit Senyor! See you in Cebu this Sinulog!

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