Through its renowned Sinulog Festival, Cebu City welcomes the New Year with a burst of colors, rhythm, and tradition. This annual event, celebrated throughout January, showcases the vibrant spirit and rich cultural heritage of the Cebuanos. Through this organized list, let’s dive into the ultimate festivities happening this January in Cebu.

January 5, 2024

  • 10:00 AM – Balik Cebu Booth Opening
    • Venue: Ayala Center Cebu

January 6

  • Every 10 AM – LCP National Festival Summit
    • Activity: Cross Cultural Exchange Workshop & Presentation
    • Venue: Ayala Center Cebu
  • January 6-7, 2024 – 1st Sinulog sa Sugbo International Dragon Boat Festival
    • Venue: IL Corso, Citi De Mare, Cebu City

January 7, 2024 (Sunday)

  • Sinulog Dance Crew Competition – Elimination
    • Venue: To be announced (TBA)

January 10, Wednesday

  • Miss Cebu 2024 – Pre-pageant

January 10-11, 2024

  • OSANiñno at 40 Exhibit by order of Saint Augustine
    • Venue: SM Seaside

January 11 (Thursday)

  • 4:00 AM – Walk with Jesus
    • Assembly: Fuente Osmeña, Jones, Osmeña Blvd to Sto. Niño
  • 5:00 AM – Opening Salvo Mass (Morning)
    • Venue: Basilica del Sto. Niño
  • 4:00 PM – Sinulog Dance Crew Competition Finals

January 11-13, Thursday & Friday

  • Cebu Marathon Expo
    • Venue: Mountain Wing Atrium, SM Seaside City Cebu

January 12, 2024 (Friday)

  • 2:30 PM – Mass
    • Venue: Basilica Pilgrim Quadrangle
  • 3:00 PM – Launching Parade (traditional route)
    • Route: Basilica to CCSC Or Alternative
  • 6:00 PM – Battle of the Bands
    • Venue: Plaza Independencia
  • 6:00 PM – Ceremonial Opening
    • Venue: CCSC
  • 7:00 PM – Opening Salvo
    • Venue: Fuente Osmeña
  • 8:00 PM – Sinulog Idol
    • Venue: Fuente Osmeña or other venue

January 12-22, 2024, 6 PM

  • Sinulog Festival Nightly Shows
    • Venues: SRP, Fuente Osmeña, Plaza Independencia

January 12-22, 2024

  • Food Parks
    • Venue: SRP

January 13, 2024 (Saturday)

  • 1:00 PM – Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Dakbayan (Parade of Participants)
    • Venue: CCSC
  • 2:00 PM – Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Dakbayan
    • Venue: CCSC
  • 6:00 PM – Cultural Show by Department of Education – Cebu Province
    • Venue: Fuente Osmeña
  • 6:00 PM – Cultural Show by Cebu Technological University – Danao Campus
    • Venue: Plaza Independencia
  • 8:00 PM – Sinulog Idol
    • Venue: Fuente Osmeña or other venue
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January 14, 2024 (Sunday)

  • 12:30 MN – 8:30 AM – Cebu Marathon
    • Venue: SM Seaside, SRP Area
  • 1:00 PM – Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan (Parade of Participants)
    • Route: Capitol Grounds to CCSC
  • 2:00 PM – Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan
    • Venue: CCSC
  • 6:00 PM – Cultural Show by University of Cebu Main Campus
    • Venue: Fuente Osmeña
  • 6:00 PM – Cultural Show by Mandaue City Science High School and Mandaue City School for the Arts
    • Venue: Plaza Independencia
  • 8:00 PM – Sinulog Idol
    • Venues: Fuente Osmeña, Plaza Independencia

January 15, 2024 (Monday)

  • 4:00 PM – Festival Queen Runway Competition
    • Venue: SM Seaside
  • 6:00 PM – Cultural Show by University of Southern Philippines Foundation
    • Venue: Fuente Osmeña
  • 6:00 PM – Cultural Show by Cebu Normal University
    • Venue: Plaza Independencia
  • 8:00 PM – Sinulog Idol
    • Venue: Fuente Osmeña

January 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

  • 6:00 PM – Cultural Show by University of San Jose Recoletos
    • Venue: Fuente Osmeña
  • 6:00 PM – Cultural Show by University of the Visayas
    • Venue: Plaza Independencia
  • 8:00 PM – Sinulog Idol
    • Venue: Fuente Osmeña

January 17, 2024 (Wednesday)

  • 6:00 PM – Miss Cebu 2024
    • Venue: Pacific Grand Ballroom, Waterfront Cebu City Hotel
  • 6:00 PM – Cultural Show by Department of Education – Cebu City Division
    • Venue: Fuente Osmeña
  • 6:00 PM – Cultural Show by Cebu Technological University Main Campus
    • Venue: Plaza Independencia
  • 7:00 PM – Ms. Cebu 2024 (Pageant Night)
    • TBA
  • 8:00 PM – Sinulog Idol
    • Venues: Plaza, Fuente Osmeña, Plaza Independencia, San Miguel (Sponsorship event)

January 18, 2024 (Thursday)

  • 9:00 AM – Balikbayan Welcome
    • Venue: Airport (MCIAA T1)
  • 5:00 PM – “Balik Cebu”, Welcome Dinner (Tourism)
    • Venue: Ayala Center Cebu, Terraces
  • 6:00 PM – “Handumanan”
    • Venue: Ayala Terraces
  • 6:00 PM – Cultural Show by the University of San Carlos
    • Venue: Fuente Osmeña
  • 6:00 PM – Cultural Show by University of San Jose Recoletos
    • Venue: Plaza Independencia
  • 8:00 PM – Sinulog Idol Grand Finalist
    • Venues: Fuente Osmeña or Possible Sponsored Venues (San Miguel – Sponsorship event, Plaza Independencia)
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January 19, 2024 (Friday)

  • 4:00 AM – Walk with Mary Procession
    • Route: Our Lady of Guadalupe Church – V. Rama Ave. – left to B. Rodriguez St. to Fuente Osmeña – Basilica
  • 9:00 AM – Grand Orientation all Contestants (Contingents, Floats, Puppeteers, Higante etc.)
    • Venue: City Hall 9th floor or Social Hall
  • 6:00 PM – Mayor’s Night
    • Venue: Nustar Convention Center
  • 7:00 PM – Cebu Pop Music Festival
    • Venues: Fuente Osmeña, Plaza Independencia (San Miguel – Sponsorship event, Pocari Sweat – Sponsorship event)
  • 8:00 PM – Festival Queen Coronation Night
    • Venue: CCSC

January 20, 2024 (Saturday)

  • 6:00 AM – Fluvial Procession of Miraculous Image Sr. Sto. Niño
    • Route: CCLEC 3rd Bridge
  • 7:00 AM – Balik Baroto Regatta
    • Venue: South Road Property
  • 9:00 AM – Re-enactment of historical events (Planting of the Cross, Baptism & Wedding)
    • Venue: Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño
  • 1:00 PM – Solemn Foot Procession of the Venerable Image of Sr. Sto. Niño
    • Venue: Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño
  • 8:00 PM – “Party at the Parks”
    • Venues: Fuente Osmeña & Plaza Independencia (Pocari Sweat – Sponsorship event, Visual Merchandising Contest – TBA, Worldwide Tiktok Dance Contest (Online) Finals – TBA)

January 21, 2024 (Sunday)

  • Sinulog Grand Parade
    • Venue: SRP Grounds
    • Designated route for parade, consider Carousel route
  • 4:00 AM – Mañanita Mass
    • Venue: Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño
  • 6:00 AM – Misa Pontifical de la “Fiesta Señor” by his excellency Archbishop Jose S. Palm, DD
    • Venue: Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño
  • 8:00 AM – Sinulog Fiesta Day – Holy Mass Celebration
    • Venue: SRP Stage
  • 9:00 AM – Sinulog Grand Parade – Carousel Formal Opening
    • Venue: SRP
  • 7:00 PM – Grand Finale & Grand Fireworks
    • Venue: SRP Grounds
  • 8:00 PM – Street Party Band
    • Venues: Plaza Independencia and other workable Venue
  • 9:00 PM – Pyrospectacular Show – Pyro Musical
    • For scheduling: SM City / Ayala/SRP TBA
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January 22, 2024 (Monday)

  • Awarding Ceremonies, Basilica, Thanksgiving Day
    • Trophies
    • Venue: CCSC (Awarding)

January 26, 2024 (Friday)

  • “Hubo”
    • Venue: Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño
  • January 26, 2024 (Friday) – Video & Short Film (Judging)
    • Venue: TBA

Post Sinulog Activities – February

February 3, 2024

  • Photo Contest (Judging)
    • Venue: Community Hall, 9th Flr, Executive Building, Cebu City Hall
    • Primary Responsibility: Dr. Peter Mancao, Ted Madamba, Frederick Salazar, SFI
    • Coordinative: Dr. Peter Mancao, Ted Madamba, Frederick Salazar, SFI

February 10, 2024

  • Photo Contest (Awarding)
    • Venue: TBA
    • Primary Responsibility: Dr. Peter Mancao, Ted Madamba, Frederick Salazar, SFI
    • Coordinative: Dr. Peter Mancao, Ted Madamba, Frederick Salazar, SFI
  • Sinulog Exhibition & Recap Photo Contest Winners
    • Venue: TBA
    • Primary Responsibility: SFI, Ms. Cinbeth
    • Coordinative: SFI, Ms. Cinbeth
  • Festival Queen Costume Winners Music Video
    • Venue: TBA
    • Primary Responsibility: SFI, Ms. Cinbeth
    • Coordinative: SFI, Ms. Cinbeth
  • National Food Fest
    • Venue: TBA
    • Primary Responsibility: Jinky PIO
    • Coordinative: Jinky PIO
  • Cebu City Sale – Travel Fair
    • Venue: TBA
  • Slogan/Poster Making
    • Venue: TBA
    • Primary Responsibility: Jet Ebo
    • Coordinative: Jet Ebo
  • Rescue Skills
    • Primary Responsibility: Harold Alcontin
    • Coordinative: Harold Alcontin
  • Cooking Contest
    • Venue: TBA
    • Primary Responsibility: DMDP
    • Coordinative: DMDP

Cebu’s Sinulog Festival is not just an event; it’s a month-long celebration filled with cultural displays, music, dance, and a deep sense of community. As January unfolds, let the streets of Cebu come alive with the beat of drums and the colorful spectacle of the Sinulog Festival. Join the festivities, embrace the traditions, and experience the joy that permeates the air during this ultimate celebration in the Queen City of the South. Sinulog, more than just a festival, it’s a reflection of the vibrant spirit of the Cebuano people.

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