Viva Pit Señor!

You’ll know that Sinulog is approaching when you hear drum beats everywhere, Sinulog songs in the streets and Cebuanos shouting “Pit Señor!” (The short form of “Sangpit sa Señor,” a phrase in Cebuano that means, “to call, ask, and plead to the king.”)

The Sinulog Festival is an annual cultural and religious festival held on the third Sunday of January in Cebu City, Philippines in honor of the Santo Niño. One of the main highlights of the festival is the grand street parade which lasts for 9 to 12 hours (practically the entire day) with participants coming from the different towns and cities of Cebu and also from some provinces across the country. Millions of people witness the festival each year so there is no doubt that this is one of the grandest events the country has.



The word Sinulog comes from the Cebuano adverb sulog which roughly means “like water current movement;” it describes the forward-backward movement of the Sinulog dance. The dance consists of two steps forward and one step backward, done to the sound of drums. The dance is categorized into Sinulog-base, Free-Interpretation, and street dancing. Candle vendors at the Basilica continue to perform the traditional version of the dance when lighting a candle for the customer, usually accompanied by songs in the native language.(Source)

Sinulog-Base Category:

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Free-Interpretation Category:


Street Dancing and Parade:

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The town of Carmen, Cebu also has its version of the festival. 2016 is its 42nd year, making it the first town to celebrate Sinulog. Sinulog sa Carmen is held on the 4th Sunday of January.

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This vibrant and colorful festival is truly one proof of the Filipinos’, especially the Cebuanos’ deep faith to the Santo Niño.

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