One of the most famous festivals on the Philippine calendar, the Sinulog Festival attracts millions of visitors each year. At the center of it all is the full-day procession, specifically the vivid costumes of the dancers who come from all over the country. The other attraction is the street parties which take place the day before and the day of the main event. The Grand Parade will take place on a Sunday, beginning at 4am at the Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino where the statue is housed in glass casing.
The festival—like a number of others in the Philippines—is held in celebration of one of the country’s most famous historic relics: the Santo Niño de Cebú. This was the statue of the baby Jesus that was handed to the Rajah of Cebu by the Portuguesel-born Spanish explorer Ferdinand Magellan in 1521—one of the most important events in the Catholic history of the country. The word Sinulog refers to the flowing movements of the dancers who act out the scenes of this Spanish encounter.