Posted by ChiChi on -
That's the estimated number of people from all over the country (and the world) who visited my hometown of Cebu City on the third Sunday of January for the annual Sinulog Festival.
|Photo by kidjoe|
If you book in advance, you'd be able to score cheaper flights but more importantly, you get to stay in hotels located along the Sinulog route. You can view the mayhem from your hotel's window or balcony, if you want to but where's the fun in that eh?
Pick a hotel with an address that contains words like General Maxilom, Mango, Osmeña and Jones. Here are my picks of mid-range (P2,300-3,000 or $52-60) hotels:
|Dorm room at Aysha-Lily|
that costs only P325
2 Bring these Sinulog essentials and you will thank me at the end of the festivities. You're welcome.
3 Wear chic yet comfortable clothes.
You can spot a tourist a mile away because they're decked in Sinulog apparel from head to toe. Which is fine really, if you're itching to wear the stuff you bought from Cebu Island Souvenirs shop.
|A combo of the above screams TOURIST|
There's a HUGE difference between Sinulog chic and Sinulog ouch. Case in point:
4 Sinulog is, after all, a fiesta. In the Philippines, a fiesta is synonymous with food. Free food.
|Lechon Paella by Jun Belen|
5 Location, location, location.
Watch the street parade and strategically position yourself in the most happening places along the route of the Sinulog parade. Stay along Mango Ave or Jones Ave (which leads to Cebu City Sports Complex where the grand stand is located).
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6 Find a place to cool down from the heat of the sun and the suffocating crowd.
Here are a few places that offer cold beers, cool people, even cooler beats and A/C. These are also the best places to people-watch and check out who missed tip#3 above.
|Shade by pink sherbet|
- Where all the cool cats hang out (although mostly teenagers who really shouldn't be drinking in the first place)
One Mango Place, along Gen. Maxilom Ave.
- Right on the Sinulog route where you can find Mr. Coffee, Sunburst Fried Chicken and Handuraw Pizza.
Robinson's Mall, Fuente Osmeña Circle
- Uh it's a mall and malls mean only one thing...A/C.
Bryce Bar, near Century Plaza Hotel
- DJ, cool music, crazy party that starts around noon.
7 If you can, wait for the last float of the parade. Dance to the ethnic beats along with all the other crazies.
|Photo Credit: Storm Crypt|
8 After the Sinulog street parade, find a spot with an open view of the sky. Sit down, relax and watch the million-peso pyrotechnic show. Best place to watch are on the Ayala Business Park grounds for their display and along Jones Ave. for the Crowne Regency fireworks.
|Sinulog Fireworks by Storm Crypt|
Dance until the sun comes up or you're dead on your feet, whichever comes first.
|The crazy crowd @One Mango Place|
10 Wouldn't you know it, the sun's up already! What better way to end Sinulog than having breakfast at Larsian?
Larsian is to Cebu what hawker stands are to Singapore. It's authentic barbeque-d Cebuano goodness. The original larsian is located in Fuente Osmeña circle near Chong Hua hospital. Try the spicy chorizo, tina-e (chicken intestines), chicken skin and squid. Of course, the meal won't be complete without the Cebuano staple of puso or hanging rice.
'Sa man, Larsian ta?
Now you're all set for this wild and crazy adventure/party that we call Sinulog. I'll be seeing you in next year's Sinulog!
Sole Sister Chichi
Psst! Have you heard our secret? We've come clean and spilled everything abou a BIG trip.