One Bigger Dance: Sinulog 2015 Experience Part 1

We had a a blast! We hope you did too! Pit Senyor!

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We’re writing this exactly a week after to briefly share with you how our 2015 edition of Sinulog experience went. This is the first time we’re writing our experience in this blog, and through this, we want you to be able to grab some ideas on how you will spend your Sinulog too! For those who haven’t been to this massive coloful event, the Sinulog Festival is an annual celebration in honor of Santo Nino de Cebu. This festival happens every third Sunday of January and is much-awaited not only by Cebuanos, but also people around the Philippines and even foreign tourists, too.

One big disclaimer first of all, we both chose the party schedule over the festive events. In the latter part of this story, you will be seeing more of the party photos over the festival ones so we’re taking all the non-party events leading up to the big Sunday here.

So, let’s start!

We arrived in Cebu January 10 for the sole reason that non-Sinulog-weekend tickets are way way cheaper than when you purchase the Thursday/Friday ones. Plus John lives there  so accommodation won’t be a problem. Another reason is, we haven’t watched last year’s Sinulog Carousel (the Sunday grand festival parade of all the contingents, floats, and other showcase of Cebu’s finests) and afraid we might not be able to do it again on Sinulog Sunday because we might be drunk on a Saturday night, and still get drunk early on Sunday. So we ended up watching the arena performance of Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Dakbayan, It is the annual competition of elementary and secondary schools around Cebu dancing to Sinulog.

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Around 5 contingents get to advance to the Grand Sinulog parade, competing against the rest of the contingents coming from Masbate, Leyte, Samar, and Bukidnon. The show starts around 2PM, but I think we arrived late… it was 12noon and the Cebu City Sports Complex is almost full already with crowds cheering like we’re on a UAAP Cheerdance Competition! Here’s some of the photos we took during the competition proper:

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And this is how the complex looked like if you’re on the performers’ POV:

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Sadly, we weren’t able to watch until the end simple because we made a promise to attend the daily mass leading to the Sinulog weekend. We left the venue during the “Final Dance”, where all the contingents share the stage for one last dance before the announcement of the finalists. But before we left, we had to do this… picture taking time wearing our favorite Our Travel Dates shirt!

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Apas National High School, one of our favorites who also bagged the top award.

There are a bunch of Sinulog pre-festival competitions too if you’d like to watch next year: Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Dakbayan, and Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan. Always check the official schedule of activities as there are a lot of exciting Sinulog events to watch out like Sinulog Idol, Sinulog Dance Crew, Miss Cebu, Sinulog Festival Queen, and more.

Going back, we had to rush to Basilica de Sto. Nino to pay respect to the sole reason why Sinulog exists in the first place.

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Such an amazing view.

Up next: SRP’s Carnival, Grand Procession and Solemn Mass, and Sinulog weekend parties! Watch out!

  • One Bigger Vision: Sinulog 2015 Experience Part 2 (COMING SOON)
  • One Bigger Beat: Sinulog 2015 Experience Part 3 (COMING SOON)

Planning to party hard this coming Sinulog? Remember to read our guide: Sinulog Festival Survival Guide for Party Junkies

Globe Brings Heart-Pumping Music From Sinulog To Dinagyang

Four of the country’s best DJs topbill Globe parties in Cebu and Iloilo with their signature beats!

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Fresh from the launch of its world-renowned GEN3 Stores that brought the Philippine telco experience to global retail standards, Globe Telecom continues the celebration as it treats revellers Iloilo after Cebu to great music and entertainment with back-to-back parties for two of the country’s biggest festivals: Sinulog and Dinagyang. Taking centerstage in this month’s festivals are four of the country’s best DJs and GEN3 NEXT ACT ambassadors!

“At Globe, we always look forward to giving our customers wonderful experiences and many reasons to celebrate. During the unveiling of our newest GEN3 Stores, we told the stories of today’s biggest DJs as part of the new Stores’ concept to highlight individuals with inspiring stories. This time, we are bringing all four DJs again together for a festival experience that partygoers will surely remember. We are inviting locals and tourists to get ready to celebrate all night at the Globe parties in Cebu and Iloilo,” said Joe Caliro, Head of Retail Transformation at Globe Telecom.

While said to represent the sound of this generation, Badkiss, Callum David, Mars Miranda and Eric Capili each has a unique style and beat capturing crowds of partygoers everywhere. The combination of their energetic sets will surely rev up the parties and will keep everyone dancing non-stop.

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Mars Miranda, who has made a name for himself in the club scene at an early age, will surely make it a night to remember for everyone. He only has one thing in mind: to make the night worth it for the crowd. “I just want to see people in front of me with all that energy, and feed off it. They came out to see me and it’s my responsibility to show them a good time,” said Miranda.

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Partygoers in Cebu and Iloilo should expect to find themselves on the dancefloor all night long with Callum David on the deck. David said,” I listen to the radio and do a lot of research on my own. My music depends on what mood I’m in, but I like to keep people happy, and keep the crowd dancing.” David, who came to the Philippines as a model, will combine his love of music and experience as a DJ abroad to win over his Filipino audience.

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The crowd can expect an eclectic mix of sounds that’s funky, soulful, and reflect the soul of different decades. Christina Bartges, known as Badkiss to her followers, enjoys combining retro sounds with the latest beats in her sets. She shared, “I respect where the music that we listen to today comes from.”

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Eric Capili, Boracay’s most sought-after DJ, is taking his talent to Cebu and Iloilo to take on the most challenging Sinulog and Dinagyang partygoers. Capili admitted, “I like being challenged to play what the crowd likes. Hinuhuli ko yung kiliti nila. It’s like I’m in a relationship with my music—kailangan dalawa kaming magbibigay ng best namin para sa crowd.”

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Catch these DJs as they share their best music remixes to get the party going in this year’s Sinulog and Dinagyang Festivals. And the celebration gets even more exciting with the colored powder blasts to shower the audience as they party all night long!

Their Sinulog Festival #NextActSinulog party was a blast, held last January 15 to 18 at One Mango Square. They are still the ones to watch out for in the upcoming Dinagyang Festival on January 22 to 25. The DJs will be performing starting at 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. at the Globe Mobility Store on the Go located at Capitol Grounds, Iloilo City.

Globe Prepaid, Postpaid, TM and Tattoo Broadband have prepared a lot of prizes and surprises for everyone who will visit the Globe Mobility Store including a lot of games, variety shows and exclusive perks and privileges for Globe customers.

While Sinulog had live band performances in Cebu starting featuring Calla Lily, don’t miss the different variety shows led by the Global Mardigras as well as the famous Kalokalike contest on Dinagyang.

And to cap this one off, here’s how it looked like when it happened in Sinulog 2015 thanks to a very good friend Twi, we’re getting a GoPro ASAP!

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To know more about the DJs their special performances, and the rest of Globe activities happening in both festivals, follow @enjoyGLOBE and @ChooseTattoo on Twitter, @enjoyGlobe and @ChooseTattoo on Instagram and like Globe on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GlobePH and Tattoo at http://www.facebook.com/GlobeTattoo.

Globe Presents: COLOR BLAST, The NextACT Sinulog 2015 Party

​Globe brings a plethora of colors to Sinulog 2015 as it unveils the NEXT ACT (Art + Community + Technology)!

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At the center of it all is the Globe Village in One Mango Avenue Mall (Open starting 4PM from Jan 15-18, 2015) , where the fully-functioning, one-stop shop Globe Mobility Store-on-the-Go holds court surrounded by interactive game booths of Tattoo, Globe Prepaid, Globe Postpaid, TM as well as its partners, Cloudfone and AllPhones.

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On January 16 at One Mango Avenue (7PM) participate in COLOR BLAST: enjoy the set of rock band Callalily, and of four of the country’s best DJs and Globe NextAct ambassadors: DJ Mars Miranda, Callum David, DJ Badkiss, and Eric Capili as we paint the sky with the colors of Sinulog!

See you there and let’s paint Cebu with colors! Pit Senyor!

3 Sinulog Parties In 2015 That You Should Not Miss

Pit Senyor!

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It’s that time of the year again! Cebu is bringing you a huge townful of dance floor during the Sinulog week. Forget the city heat with these three wild outdoor parties ready to rock your festival partying world! We have arranged these 3 top parties in order of WHEN they are happening. From foam-powered, colorful messy wildness to alcohol-fueled nights, mark your calendars and yes, we will be there!

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1. LifeDance Cebu 2015 – January 16

Why Should You Go There? Pay respect to the country’s very first outdoor EDM party event!

Where Is It Happening? South Road Properties, Cebu

Name To Watch Out For: Martin Pulgar, Ace Ramos, Hook N Sling, Nari Milani, Vinai, Borgeous, Miss Nine, Werwolvz

Ticket Prices: P1,000 for GenAd, P2,000 for VIP, P25,000.00 for VIP Table inclusive of 10 VIP Tickets and 2 Premium bottles.

How To Get Tickets: Contact Mike Orlanes at (0927)774-0724 for ticket reservations.

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2. ETC: Paintensity Sinulog Color Party 2015 – January 17

Why Should You Go There? Because foam and paint that’s why! Last year when it was held in Cable Car, entrance is all FREE! You get to enjoy hours of soaking in to that huge foam machine while bathing in different neon-colored paints splashing all over the venue. It surely is a wet & wild experience you’ll never forget!

Where Is It Happening? Ayala Business Park

Name To Watch Out For: Ace Ramos, Funk Avy, Nix Damn P, Inno Naguit, Jom, Gio V

Ticket Prices: Last year we got to attend this party at no cost! This year, it’s confirmed that this is still FREE!

How To Get Tickets: No need. The best things in life are FREE!

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3. SMART Presents Spectrum: Sinulog Invasion 2015 – January 18

Why Should You Go There? It’s where you spend your Sinulog weekend Finale! Spend the rest of the night partying with the top local and internations DJs after a wild afternoon at the baseline.

Where Is It Happening? Not yet finalized.

Name To Watch Out For: Quintino, Alvaro, Ace Ramos, Inno Naguit, JOM, Nix Damn P, Hans

Ticket Prices: P650.00 for GenAd, P1,500.00 for VIP.

How To Get Tickets: Visit http://spectrum.ph/sinulogtickets/, email hi@spectrum.ph or contact them thru +63929-798-4176 for VIP table reservations.

So raise your hands. Dance to the beat. Hit the streets. Feel your heart race – Sinulog party awaits! #Sinulog2015

Credits to Spectrum, www.aisaipac.com and kabinoguerrero.wordpress.com for the main photo.

Spectrum Presents: Party Hard With Sinulog Invasion 2015

Same time, new place! #InvasionTour #Sinulog2015

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Spectrum Experience is about to come home to Cebu! Prepare for an all-day EDM experience that will bring you happy memories completing your entire Sinulog Festival experience. Get ready to get your tickets because the first 1000 Invaders will get a special package in addition to the ticket!

Pre-sale Ticket Prices:
General Admission – P500.00
VIP – P1200.00

Ticket Prices After January 15:
General Admission – P650.00
VIP – P1500.00

VIP Table – P30,000.00 inclusive of 10 VIP lounge tickets, 2 bottles Hennessy Cognac, 1 bottle Beldevere Vodka, assorted mixers, and gifts.

Lineup as of January 6, 2015:

  • Quintino
  • Alvaro
  • DJ Alex Ramos
  • Inno Naguit
  • JOM
  • Nix Damn P!
  • Hans

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Get ready to Live All Out! See you in Cebu. For tickets, email hi@spectrum.ph or contact them thru +63929-798-4176. Bookmark this page for more updates regarding this EDM event!

LIFEDANCE 2015: Join Sinulog Cebu’s Premiere EDM Party!

Show off your moves on the streets of Cebu at the country’s biggest outdoor electronic dance music party!

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Inspired by renowned dance parties around the world such as Tomorrowland, Zoukout, Sensation, Creamfields and Coachella that has garnered a huge following over the years, LifeDance is tagged as the country’s first ever outdoor EDM party. This much-awaited party kicked-off in 2012 and is continuously gaining attention with the EDM community here in the Philippines. We were there last 2014 and it was a blast! Check out some of the photos below that we took together with our hardcore-partying friends!

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SMART Presents LIFEDANCE SINULOG 2015
SOUTH ROAD PROPERTIES, CEBU CITY PHILIPPINES
JANUARY 16, 2015

Ticket Prices:
General Admission : P 1,000.00
VIP : P 2,000.00
VIP Table : P 25,000.00
10 VIP Tickets
2 Premium Bottles

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Ticket Pricing Schedule:
PRICE-OFF PARTY 50% OFF FOR 2 HOURS: Dec. 13th, 2014
PRE-SELLING – PATRON P750 |VIP 1,500: Dec. 14 to Jan. 14, 2014
ORIGINAL PRICE – PATRON P1,000 | VIP P2,000 : Jan. 10 to Jan 16,205

See you and get ready to play hard, party hard!

LifeDance 2015 Cebu is brought to you by: Cebu Business Park, The Walk, Radisson Blu Hotel, Alcordo Advertising, Islands Souvenirs, Petrol, Jack TV, ETC, SunStar Media Group, Y101 FM, Zee Lifestyle, Cebu IT Park, TPB Philippines, and SMART.

Sinulog 2015 Schedule Of Activities And Where To Stay Best

Are you ready to dance and party with us as we honor Senyor Santo Nino?

One Beat, One Dance, One Vision.

Sinulog 2015  is fast approaching and the grand festival is just a few weeks away. This annual celebration consisting of a lively streetdance parade, and a colorful huge party crowd, surely makes this festival a must for every Filipino. Witness the joyous smiles, the brightest costumes, the crazy raving masses, the most solemn prayers, and the rest of the lovely events happening on the third week of January in Cebu City where one statement will be heard a thousand times… Pit Senyor!

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Sinulog Festival 2015 Calendar of Activities

December 01 – January 31, 2015

– Sinulog Street Fair, Osmeña Blvd.

December 27, 2014 – January 24, 2015

– Sinulog 2014 Winning Photos Exhibit @ SM City Cebu

December 30, 2014 (Tuesday)

– Sinulog 2015 Fun Run
5:00 A.M. – Elimination Sinulog 2015 Dance Crew

January 8, 2015 (Thursday)

– Opening Salvo: Walk with Jesus
4:00 A.M. Assembly Time (Area) Fuente Osmeña
4:30 A.M. Start of Walk-Fuente Osmeña Blvd. – Basilica del Sto. Niño
5:30 A.M. Installation of Hermano & Hermana Mayores 2015

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January 9, 2015 (Friday)

– Sinulog 2015 Kick Off
10:00 A.M. – Sinulog Trade Fair @ SM City Cebu by
Department of Trade and Industry
2:00 P.M. – Solemn Mass (Basilica del Santo Niño)
3:00 P.M. -Launching Parade (Basilica del Santo Niño to CCSC)
7:00 P.M. -Opening and Launching Program, Fuente Osmeña
8:00 P.M. -Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña Circle)
9:00 P.M. -Street Party Bands

January 10, 2015 (Saturday)

– Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan
1:00 P.M. Parade of Participants, Capitol Site to Cebu City Sports Center
2:00 P.M. Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan @ Cebu City Sports Center
6:30 P.M. Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña)

January 11, 2015 (Sunday)

– Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Dakbayan
4:00 A.M. Cebu City 2015 Marathon
1:00 P.M. Parade of Participants, Plaza Independencia to Cebu City Sports Center
2:00 P.M. Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Dakbayan @ Cebu City Sports Center
6:00 P.M. Grand Finals of Sinulog Choral Competition
6:30 P.M. Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña)
8:00 P.M. Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña)
9:00 P.M. Concert @ the Fuente Osmeña, Street Party Bands

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January 12, 2015 (Monday)

6:30 P.M. Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña)
8:00 P.M. Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña)
9:00 P.M. Concert @ the Fuente Osmeña, Street Party Bands

January 13, 2015 (Tuesday)

6:30 P.M. Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña)
8:00 P.M. Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña)
9:00 P.M. Concert @ the Fuente Osmeña, Street Party Bands

January 14, 2015 (Wednesday)

9:00 A.M. Airport Welcome (Balikbayan Flights)
6:30 P.M. Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña)
7:00 P.M. Ms. Cebu 2015 Coronation Night

January 15, 2015 (Thursday)

– Sinulog 2015 Idol Grand Finals
– Sinulog Festival Queen Runway Competition and Photo shoot

January 16, 2015 (Friday)

– Visual Merchandising Contest (Dept. Stores and Malls)
4:00 A.M. – Sinulog 2015 Dance Crew Finals
– Sinulog Festival Queen 2015 Coronation Night @ Cebu City
Sports Center

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January 17, 2015 (Saturday)

6:00 A.M. – Fluvial Procession of the Miraculous Image of the Sto. Niño
9:00 A.M. – Re-enactment of the Baptism of Queen Juana and Rajah
Humabon Basilica del Santo Niño
2:00 P.M. – Solemn Procession of the Miraculous Image of Sto. Niño
7:00 P.M. – Sinulog Fireworks Competition @ SM City Cebu
7:00 P.M. – Street Party @ Fuente Osmeña

January 18, 2015 (Sunday)

– Sinulog Grand Parade
4:00 A.M. – Mañanita Mass @ Basilica del Sto. Niño
6:00 A.M. -Pontifical Mass with His Eminence Jose S. Palma @ Basilica del
Sto. Nino
8:00 A.M. – Holy Mass @ Cebu City Sports Center
9:00 A.M. – Sinulog Grand Parade Carousel Kick Off
7:00 P.M. – Grand Finale and Grand Fireworks @ Cebu City Sports Center
7:30 P.M. – Street Party Bands, Fuente Osmeña
9:00 P.M. – Pyrospectacular Show (Pyromusical Show @ SM City Cebu)
5:00 P.M. – 2:00 A.M. – Concert Series sa Sugbo @ SRP Grounds
12:00 MN – Sinulog Fireworks @SRP

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January 19, 2015 (Monday)

– Awarding Ceremonies @ Cebu City Sports Center

January 24, 2015

– Judging of Finalists Short Film/Video Documentary Contest
– Sinulog 2014 Photo Contest Winners Exhibit

January 31, 2015

1:00 P.M. – Judging of Finalists Sinulog Short Film Festival @ SM City Cebu
6:00 P.M. – Awarding Ceremonies Photo Contest, Short Film and Video Documentary Contest @ SM City Cebu

January 31, 2015 – February 8, 2015

– Photo Exhibit “Winning Photos: Sinulog Photo Contest” at SM City Cebu

Schedule may change without prior notice. Updated November 12, 2014 taken from Sinulog Foundation Inc. 

Where To Book For Sinulog

Hotel accomodations are being booked so fast that during the first day of Sinulog booking for one of these hotels, receptionist confirmed that they are already fully-booked! Don’t miss your chance to stay at these hotels close to the festival and party.

If in case these hotels are already full, click here for your UPDATED hotel choices in Cebu City courtesy of Agoda, although take note that some might be a little far from the fiesta.

Photos in this post are used with permission from Don Trivino.