Festivities in Cebu

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Festivals

 

Sinulog. The Sinulog festival is Cebu's biggest and most popular. Celebrated every 3rd Sunday of January, the feast is in honor of the holy image Señor Santo Niño de Cebu. Fiesta Señor, as it is widely known, is the most celebrated among Cebu's festivals where people converge along the route of a grand solemn procession and partake in the gaiety amidst a mardi gras parade immersed in vivid colors and the constant drums of the Pit Señor.

 

Paskuhan. A Christmas celebration of songs and lantern-making held during the month of December spreads good cheers to local residents and visitors alike.

 

Kadaugan sa Mactan. A one-day re-enactment celebrated with pomp and pageantry every 27th of April to commemorate the historic Battle of Mactan between the forces of Lapulapu and Magellan.

Nuestra Señora de Regla Fiesta. Lapulapu City – Held to honor the patroness of Opon on November 20-21, this religious and social event reveals the indefatigable faith of the people and the penchant for merry making. A food fair, carnival, procession and a coronation of the Fiesta Queen highlight the festivity.

 

Semana Santa sa Bantayan. A unique mixture of solemn religious rites and local celebration highlights the Holy Week activities in Bantayan Island. The normally quiet island becomes alive and festive with the arrival of relatives and friends and tourists who wish to experience the scenic rites and cool off the summer heat in the beautiful white sandy beaches and clear tropical waters.

 

Fiesta sa Carcar. Is celebrated on November 24-25 in honor of the town's patron, St. Catherine of Alexandria. Carcar town is noted both for its old Spanish style houses in the quiet countryside setting and popular local delicacies that take the spotlight during fiestas.

 

Tagbo. Poro, Cebu – Celebrated every January in honor of Patron Santo Niño de Poro. Beloved memoir of a living past, Tagbo is the cornerstone from which this great municipality has sprung. Rich in cultural heritage and deep in spiritual values, Tagbo is a very significant event preluding the birth of a town very dear to the hearts of her sons and daughters.

 

Sanayon. Agro-tourism festival in the southern towns of the second district about 100 km from the city. A month-long activity to spread out tourism to the coutryside.

 

Tres de Abril Celebration. The 3rd of April commemoration of the Spanish resistance in the south. This historic battle under Leon Kilat's leadership gave Cebu the glory of being the first major island outside Luzon to oppose Spanish dominance.

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