The Sinulog Festival is celebrated annually on the third Sunday of January in Cebu City. This year, the main event, the Sinulog Grand Parade, is held along the Cebu South Road Properties (SRP) and features a colorful parade of participants dressed in traditional costumes, dancing to the beat of drums and gongs.
Where to go in Cebu City to celebrate Sinulog Festival 2023 to the fullest this year
To experience the Sinulog Festival to the fullest, it is still recommended to head to the city center, specifically the streets of Osmeña Boulevard and Jones Avenue, for a lineup of public events for the festivities. If you wish to learn about Cebu City’s history, drop by Fort San Pedro, and Casa Gorordo Museum. Other popular areas to experience the festival include the Basilica del Santo Niño, where the religious aspect of the festival takes place like the solemn procession.
IL Corso Lifemalls
The largest master-planned coastal city in Cebu, City di Mare, incorporates IL Corso Lifemalls by Filinvest, a redefined lifestyle destination for dining, shopping, and enjoyment by the sea. Every shopper and foodie will have a new perspective on the conventional malling experience thanks to IL Corso, which is designed to spur change and offer genuine value to the business. Because of the delicious food and cool atmosphere that are exclusive to IL Corso, the mall by the sea consistently draws a continuous stream of devoted patrons.
NuStar Resort & Casino
A 9-hectare (22-acre) integrated resort and casino facility, NUSTAR Resort & Casino is located on Kawit Point (formerly Kawit Island), South Road Properties (SRP), in Cebu City. The Cebu City Government and Universal Hotels and Resorts, Inc. collaborated on the project, which consists of at least three hotels, restaurants, bars, a mall, a convention center, a casino, a park, and a theater.
SM Seaside City Cebu
SM Seaside City Cebu, also known locally as SM Seaside, is a large shopping mall owned and developed by SM Prime Holdings in South Road Properties, Cebu City, Philippines. The mall opened on November 27, 2015, exactly 22 years after SM City Cebu, also owned by SM Prime, opened in 1993.
As of 2022, it is the largest mall in Cebu, the fourth largest shopping mall in the Philippines, and the fourteenth in the world, with a gross floor area (GFA) of approximately 470,486 square meters. SM Seaside is SM Prime Holdings’ third mall in Metro Cebu and its 56th mall in the Philippines. The mall is designed by Arquitectonica, the same company which designed other SM Supermalls, such as SM City North EDSA, SM Mall of Asia, and SM Megamall.
Other popular venues for the festival include Magellan’s Cross and the Pilgrim Site of the Basilica.
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It is also recommended to visit different restaurants like Pungko-Pungko sa Fuente and Larsian. You can also visit the neighborhoods and barangays in the city, as they also hold their own Sinulog celebrations, which are known for their unique and colorful performances. It’s also a good idea to check exciting leisure activities after SINULOG Day on Sunday, as the city tends to get crowded during the festival.