Dec 30, 2015

Hyper Wonderland and Other Awesome Things to Do in Sinulog 2016

Once Christmas and the New Year have passed, us folks in the Queen City of the South know one thing: Sinulog is coming! This annual cultural and religious festival has achieved near-legendary status around the world, drawing in thousands of attendees who are all eager to join in the merriment! 

Click on READ MORE for some of the exciting things you can do and look forward to for Sinulog 2016!

Follow the Sinulog Grand Parade and street dancing competition 

The Sinulog Grand Parade is one of the main spectacles of Sinulog. Every year, participants from provinces across the Philippines leave Sinulog attendees awestruck with astounding performances and spectacular costumes. It is definitely something worth watching!

You can buy tickets and watch the street dancing competition at the Cebu City Sports Complex or you can simply enjoy the parade from the streets. Check out this map to see the Sinulog Grand Parade route.

The Grand Parade will take place on Sinulog Sunday (January 17, 2016).

For more information on the Sinulog Grandstand tickets, check out the official Sinulog 2016 ticketing website,

Shop at the Sinulog Street Fair

The Sinulog Street Fair is a staple part of Sinulog and an excellent time to see products that capture Filipino creativity and ingenuity. Booths and displays are set up in key areas around the city as early as December. Shop around for Cebuano handicrafts like the bestselling customized Sinulog souvenir shirts and food in the stalls set up at the Fuente Circle and Osmena Boulevard. Take time to look around to score unique finds and sweet deals!

The Sinulog Street Fair will run from December 1, 2015 to January 31, 2016.

Get a face painting or temporary tattoo

The Sinulog celebration is definitely a showcase of the creative genius of Cebuanos and Filipinos in general. Cebu is a sight to behold at this time of the year with the whole city seemingly transformed into one gigantic stage all brightly colored and boisterous. Get in the Sinulog spirit with a face painting or henna tattoo. Many artists set up stalls by the streets or at the Sinulog fair making it easy for anyone to get artsy and colorful.

Enjoy the fireworks 

What is a Sinulog Grand Celebration without the majestic fireworks spectacle that comes after it? There are several ways to enjoy fireworks at this time of the year. If you hate crowds, skip the Fuente area where all the action is taking place and instead repair yourself to a high rise building. Many hotels in Osmena Boulevard have restaurants at the top floor, allowing viewers to enjoy the splendor of fiery lights burning through the sky without the risk of stampede.

SM City also hosts a magnificent fireworks competition on January 17, 2016, it starts at 7:00 PM. 

Head to Hyper Wonderland 

Hyper Wonderland is a Sinulog event organized by lifestyle and events brand Hyper Cebu. Hyper Cebu has established itself as a creative force that aims to showcase Cebuano passions in the food, fashion, music, tech and travel. 

Hyper Wonderland is the wildest, grandest and most wonderful Hyper Cebu event yet! If you're into music, raving, partying and having an awesome time, this event is for you! What makes Hyper Wonderland more incredible is that it is an event for a cause. Proceeds will be donated to Dance Sport Team Cebu City and certain JCI Cebu projects this year. 

Hyper Wonderland will be held at Vibo Place, N. Escario Street on January 17, 2016.

For more information about Hyper Wonderland, check out the official Hyper Cebu Facebook Page.

If it's your first time attending Sinulog, don't forget to check out the Sinulog Survival Guide I wrote a while back!

Image credits:
France Villamor |
Joval Rama

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