In the past, the Cebuanos (people of Cebu as being referred to) were strong followers of Islam and paganism. Their beliefs were changed when Catholicism was brought by the Spaniards to the archipelago during the 16th and 17th centuries. Today, the Philippines is the third largest Catholic nation in the world with more than 70 million followers after Brazil and Mexico.
One of the Philippines colorful and sought after festivals is Sinulog. It is celebrated on the third Sunday of January lasting for nine days honoring the miraculous image of Santo Nino (Cebu City's Patron Saint). The highlight of the festival is the street dancing where participants wrap themselves in beautifully tailored costume whilst dancing in a ritual, commemorating the original beliefs of Islam, paganism, and their acceptance of the Catholic faith.
Last year, Sinulog Festival marked its 30th anniversary and made history when it was jam-packed by eight million spectators; a huge success that made Sinulog 2010 the biggest Sinulog ever! This year, Sinulog Grand Parade kicks off on Sunday January 16, 2011 and I'm sure it's gonna be a lot of fun. What are you waiting for? Join the fun! Join Sinulog 2011.
More information can be found on their website http://www.sinulog.ph/