Smart brings the fun of Cebuano Festival to homes via #SmartSinulogOnline

The pandemic may have altered how Cebuanos celebrate the Sinulog Festival this 2021, but this has not stopped PLDT Inc.’s wireless arm, Smart Communications Inc, from bringing the fun online! Smart organized the #SmartSinulogOnline where it called for participants to share their most memorable Sinulog stories before the pandemic. Winners were given the chance to…

Scholars to trace roots of Sinulog dance, 500 year-old Cebuano devotion to Sto. Niño

Cebu scholars and an Islamic Studies Tausug professor will look into the origins of the different versions of the Sinulog: the war dance and the candle vendors’ Sinulog in a blended event today featuring an online panel discussion with live audience and performances. The former Executive Director of the University of San Carlos (USC) Cebuano…

Smart powers Philippine festival season

Tourists and residents joining the various festivals across the country this year can look forward to an enhanced festival experience as PLDT wireless subsidiary Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) kicks off the 2020 festival season with the biggest festivals in the Visayas—Sinulog in Cebu, Dinagyang in Iloilo and Ati-Atihan in Aklan. With various on-ground activities, an…

Sinulog a spectacle for tourists, ‘not authentic’ representation of indigenous roots: historian

The Sinulog grand parade is a spectacle for tourists and locals and devotees should just stay home and let visitors enjoy it, a historian said in a forum tracing the roots of Sinulog yesterday. It is not authentic but a commercial celebration designed for outsiders, said Dr. Jose Eleazar Bersales, an anthropologist at the University…

TAGA Your Origin shirts make fun, quirky Sinulog 2018 #OOTDs

PRIDE OF PLACE. TAGA Your Origin sells shirts that show pride of place. All the shirts are sold at P348 and come with a beautiful bag as packaging. The Sinulog shirt comes with either a bracelet, dreamcatcher, or headdress.

Show pride of place in your Sinulog Festival 2018 street fashion by wearing customizable shirts that celebrate your origin courtesy of new online shop TAGA. Taga asa ka? Taga Opon? Taga Mandaue? Let TAGA Your Origin shirts declare your hometown roots; they come in trendy, fun, and unique designs. A brainchild of friends Maureen Eliot…

Islands Souvenirs highlights tribal fusion in Cut & Style Sinulog 2018 designs

LOCATIONS. Islands Souvenirs Cut & Style is available in SM Northwing (shown in photo) and Islands Souvenirs stores in SM City Cebu upper ground floor, SM City Cebu Atrium, Robinsons Place Fuente, SM Seaside City, Sinulog Square (Magallanes St., across Magellan’s Cross).

Tribal fusion characterized by feathers and gems is this year’s theme for the Islands Souvenirs Cut & Style campaign as it returns for the sixth year with a new lineup of designs for your Sinulog 2018 #OOTDs. Personalization and customization are still very much in trend, and this year’s styles and accessories are new and…

Safety during Sinulog is our priority: Mayor Osmeña

PARKING. Mayor Tomas Osmeña orders guards to reopen the parking area of this establishment. He said such closures are illegal and the city will go after establishments that will padlock their parking areas to make space for dining tables or parties.

Organizers will prioritize safety in today’s Sinulog, Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña announced when he formally opened the Sinulog grand parade after this morning’s mass at the Cebu City Sports Center. Osmeña said that this year, organizers will be extremely strict in enforcing laws and regulations. “We are interested in quality and not quantity,” he…

Sinulog 2017 Balik Cebu booth now open in Ayala

BALIK CEBU. Cebu City Councilor Margot Osmeña and Cebu Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale (center) lead the opening of the Balik Cebu booth at Ayala Center Cebu. At the booth, balikbayans can buy tickets to numerous activities lined up for January and ask about tour packages and Sinulog events.

Overseas Filipinos coming home for the Sinulog 2017 celebration now have access to the Balik Cebu booth at Ayala Center Cebu starting today, January 4, 2017, to help them with festival-related activities. Local government executives led by Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale and Cebu City Councilor Margot Osmeña led the opening of the booth, which is…

Cebu News Digest: April 7, 2015: Public warned: Days to get hotter; Year-round brgy. festivals in Cebu City?

HOTTER DAYS AHEAD. Pag-asa is asking people to brace for hotter days. (Creative Commons photo: Takeshi Kawai)

After Cebu recorded its hottest day so far at 33.6 degrees Celsius last Black Saturday, Pagasa (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration) Mactan Weather Station said the temperature is expected to rise in the coming month. A Cebu City barangay official, meanwhile, says there was nothing wrong in his use of a government car…

Cebu News Digest: Jan. 24, 2015: Rama threatens to close SRP to vehicle traffic; Sinulog 2016 street parties to be spread out in other cities

SRP ROAD. Mayor Michael Rama has threated to close SRP to vehicle traffic unless safety measures are put in place.

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama is all over the news today: threatening to close the south coastal road if traffic measures to prevent accidents are not in place; threatening to bar vehicles from Talisay City from passing the SRP if the city does not allow Cebu City to dump garbage there; proposing other LGUs to…

Cebu News Digest: Jan. 22, 2015: Hooliganism ‘big blackeye’ for Sinulog; proposal seeks to require Cebu companies to hire senior citizens, Cebu students top dentistry board

DAMAGED. A MyCebu.ph FB community member submitted this photo saying this car was damaged amid the rowdy Sinulog revelry. We have not, however, been able to independently confirm its veracity.

Sinulog has both a religious and festive component. This year, however, its festive side was marred by reports of what The Freeman has now described as “hooliganism.” We are gathering suggestions and feedback from people on how to make next year’s Sinulog, including the street parties, better, more fun and safer for everyone: pilgrims, partygoers,…

MyView: Did we party too hard during Sinulog? What should City Hall do in Sinulog 2016?

PASSED OUT. They passed out after a night of heavy partying. We're blurred their faces to protect them from embarrassment.(Photos posted on Facebook by Carlo Borromeo)

YOU’VE probably seen the photos all over Facebook: people passed out and wasted on Cebu City’s streets after a night of heavy Sinulog partying. A writer I know was felt up while on the streets. Drunk people were grabbing random passers-by to kiss them, she said. In last year’s Sinulog, I was walking with my…

Cebu News Digest: Jan. 20, 2015: Will Pope Francis come to Cebu next year?

WILL POPE VISIT CEBU NEXT YEAR? Pope Francis looks to the crowd sending him off at the Villamor Airbase before entering the plane that took him to Rome yesterday. Local Church officials are hoping that the Pope will return to the country next year to attend the International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu in January. (Malacañang Photo)

AFTER a rapturous welcome by millions of Filipinos, Pope Francis left the country yesterday “feeling the warmth” of the bastion of Christianity in Asia. While many in Cebu who had hoped the popular pontiff would drop by were disappointed, there are talks the pope will be here for an important Church conference next year. Despite…

Cebu News Digest: Jan. 19, 2015: Pope calls on Filipinos to be ‘outstanding missionaries of faith in Asia;’ P1.25/liter oil price rollback today; Abuyog, Placer top Sinulog Grand Parade; no classes in Cebu today

An estimated 6 million to 7 million people attended the mass in Luneta yesterday, possibly the biggest papal crowd in history, Vatican officials said. Pope Francis is scheduled to leave the Philippines today following a visit that saw millions warmly welcoming the popular pontiff. Late last night, organizers announced that Kulturang Placereño won the Sinulog-based…

Cebu News Digest: Jan . 14, 2015: Cebu is Plan B for Pope in case of bad weather; arguments spark over P7 fare, LTFRB tells commuters: report PUJ violators

PAPAL VISIT. Pope Francis will be in the Philippines this week. (Creative Commons photo by the Catholic Church of England)

Transport and security officials yesterday inspected the Mactan Cebu International Airport facilities in relation to the coming visit of Pope Francis in the country and the holding of the Sinulog. Officials said the pope’s flight will be diverted to Cebu only in the event of bad weather in Tacloban. Arguments have broken out over the…

MyStory: A Mormon covers the Sinulog and writes about religious co-existence

A sea of people brave the downpour to attend the mass at the Basilica del Sto. Niño. (USJR MassCom Intern Nel Mozol)

(Editor’s note: Nel Mozol is an InnoPub Media intern from the University of San Jose-Recoletos. He is a Mormon or a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We asked him to attend a Sinulog event and write about it from his perspective.) The Philippines has always been heralded as the cradle…

Sinulog fashion: Cut and style shirts at Islands Souvenirs or do it yourself

CUT AND STYLE. Islands Souvenirs offers various options to cut and style your Sinulog shirt. (Photo by Max Limpag)

Sinulog Festival fashion is still all about the Cut and Style Sinulog shirts that have become popular over the last few years, especially during the Grand Parade when thousands dance and party on Cebu City streets. This early, Islands Souvenirs is already offering the Cut and Style service to customers who buy its Sinulog t-shirts.…

Cebu News Digest Jan. 8, 2015: Mayor asks for dikes; council disagrees on voting definition; city ready to transfer Sinulog performance

IN ARGAO. A sinkhole topples a hut after tropical storm Seniang hit the area. (Photo by Evelyn Llevado Remando)

A town mayor has asked for Capitol’s help to build dikes to prevent flooding in low-lying areas. Other mayors of towns affected by Seniang also sought help in rehabilitation. The Cebu City Government, meanwhile, extended help not only to Cebu towns affected by the storm but to 2 cities in Samar. Here are today’s top…