55a7507aefeb955f5d4fd3c537cd781aVisayas will soon be filled again with riots of colors and revelries as we celebrate the country’s grandest festivals this month. For many tourists, attending a festival is one of the most cherished travel experiences, as one gets to immerse in the culture of the place that is celebrating the festivity.

Here’s a look at some of the grandest festivals this January and how to survive them. Let’s join the revelry, but let us not forget the real reason why they are celebrated in the first place.

49aee4cdf980d95226429ba96fcea89c Sinulog (Cebu City, Cebu)

Sinulog in Cebu City has grown into one of the country’s grandest festival, attracting the biggest crowd each year. In 1521, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan landed in Cebu to plant the cross on its shore. He introduced Christianity and presented the image of the Sto. Niño (Child Jesus) as a gift to Hara Amihan, wife of Cebu’s Rajah Humabon who was later named Queen Juana. She was reportedly ecstatic and started dancing while carrying the image in her arms. Other locals started following her in revelry. Historians argue that the Sinulog dance ritual, which resembles the current of the river (sulog), was already perfomed by the natives in honor of their wooden idols and anitos even prior to the arrival of the Spaniards. Today, Sinulog is celebrated in honor of the Sto. Niño.
Highlights of the Sinulog Fest include: Fluvial Procession of the Miraculous Image of the Sto.Niño to be held in January 17 at 6:00 A.M and in the afternoon the Solemn Procession of the Image of the Child Jesus. The much-awaited Sinulog Grand Parade will be held in January 18.

 

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