Thursday, January 16, 2020

Enjoy the wonders of Cebu for an unforgettable Sinulog weekend celebration

If there is one festival that you have to experience at least once in your lifetime, it will definitely have to be the Sinulog festival in Cebu. This colorful cultural and religious tradition draws millions of revelers from around the world and captures the richness and diversity of Filipino culture.

If you’ll be joining the Sinulog for the first time, you can look forward to a wonderful, raucous experience that will have you dancing for hours on end. To make the most of your Sinulog experience, add color to your stay by exploring Cebu to better understand what makes it rock.

Here’s our guide to help you enjoy the Sinulog vibe:

● Understand the festival’s history and meanings. The Sinulog Festival honors the Santo Nino or the Child Jesus, and millions of Filipinos are devotees. The festival is a dance ritual that captures the story of the Filipino people’s pagan past and the dawning of Christianity. Its highlight is the grand parade held on the third Sunday of January, but Sinulog has become a month-long tradition in Cebu. Ask locals about the various activities and you’ll be amazed at what you’ll discover.

● Dress comfortably. Sinulog activities run round the clock, so wear clothes that won’t restrict your movement. You’ll be staying outdoors most of the time so you want to beat the blazing sun and the humidity with light, airy clothing and a hat.  Make sure to stay hydrated.

● Stay updated. You don’t want to miss any of the events, so make sure you have up-to-date information throughout your stay. You can check out websites and social media for updates, or you can ask locals for recommendations. It will be good to find a hotel with a concierge that will be able to give you tips on where to go and how to go about the city.  

● Live the moment. Allow yourself to experience the real essence of Sinulog by letting your hair down and participating in the festivities instead of just watching from the sidelines. Dance, chant, sing, and laugh to your heart’s content.  

● Explore the side events. Cebu lined up lots of events for revelers. For instance, there will be a fun run, an exhibit in honor of the Sto. Nino, a pyro-musical show, a festival costume contest, the Sinulog Festival Queen parade, and a concert featuring Cebu’s top DJs.

A great place to enjoy Sinulog weekend is Citadines Cebu City, Ascott’s first serviced residence in the city located at Base Line Center, Juana OsmeƱa St, Cebu City, Cebu.  To bring the Sinulog vibe to its guests, Citadines Cebu City and Baseline Center teamed up to hold Sinulog Sa Baseline, offering activities from January 13-19.  Top Cebu-based DJs Bong Durano, Jong Garcia, Cathy Rock, Benny Rock and Katsy Lee will lead Beats by Baseline, non-stop parties and music from January 17-19.

For even more fun, Citadines and its partners will have festival merchandise pop-ups, Sinulog photo stations, Sinulog festival dancers, face painting, and a mini-market where you can discover Cebu’s great food finds. Being at the center of all the events and activities, Citadines Cebu City is your perfect home for the weekend to create that memorable and comfortable experience during Sinulog.

Citadines Cebu City offers 180 serviced residences that marry the conveniences of a modern home and the services of a hotel. Each serviced residence comes with its own kitchen, wireless internet access, home entertainment system, individual air conditioning, and even a built-in a washer and dryer in each unit. At the same time, it offers concierge and housekeeping services, a 24-hour reception and guest service, and a gym. The room rate starts at P9,000++.

And they have a photo contest too!  Join up to win overnight stays at Citadines Cebu City!

For more information and updates, kindly visit Citadines Cebu’s’ Facebook page, Official Website or call the Property phone number at (63-32) 340 1497 and Global Reservations number at (63-2) 8550 3200.

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