Sinulog festival which will be on the third Sunday of January. Sinulog festival is an annual celebration in honor of the Holy Child Jesus accompanied with lavish street dancing and other activities.
Christianity was first brought to the Philippines by the Spaniards in what was historically acclaimed Magellan expedition led by Ferdinand Magellan himself. Magellan, by the way, is a Portuguese who served for the king of Spain and was regarded as the first man to circumnavigate the world. His discovery of the Philippines on March 16, 1521 has marked the beginning of Christianization of the natives as well as the colonization of the islands by Spain that lasted a little over three hundred years.
When Magellan arrived in Cebu, he was met by the local chieftain Raja Humabon. They made good friendships with each other and Raja Humabon was baptized later on and his name was changed to Carlos. Magellan handed Raja Humabon, as a gift, the image of Sto. Niño he has brought with him from Spain including the image of Jesus Christ also called as the "ecce homo".
Sto. Niño has become, for the Cebuanos, a symbol of love, hope, joy, and prosperity. The Basilica del Sto. Niño de Cebu, one of the oldest churches in the Philippines, is overflowing with churchgoers especially on Sundays. While some of the people in other parts of the world have slowly vacating the sets of their churches, Cebuanos overcrowded their own place of worship and continued to deepen their faith.
Sinulog 2012 will be as colorful as ever. Expect more participants in the street dancing and devotees will have increased their numbers. All in all, experience a unique blend of local Filipino tradition and Christianity mixed up so very well in one celebration.