Third Sunday of January, Cebu City
This festival in Cebu is considered the most important Cebu festival in the Queen City of the South. Held every January in the provincial capital, The Sinulog Festival attracts thousands of tourists a year with its trademark street dancing. Like Aklan’s Ati-Atihan, this Cebu fiesta honors the Santo Nino, with revelers shouting “Viva Santo Nino!” at regular intervals throughout the parade, as soot-covered, costume-clad celebrants dance to a two-step forward, one-step back rhythm. While most revelers troop to the Basilica Minore where the centuries-old image of the Baby Jesus – a gift to Cebu’s Queen Juana by Spanish explorers – is on display, many agree the real fun comes with the boisterous parade of this Cebu festival, which ends with a grand finale at the sprawling Cebu City Sports Center.
This Cebu festival takes place in the Camotes Islands off the coast of Cebu. Named after the soli-soli plant abundant in and along Danao Lake near the islands, this festival in Cebu is renowned for the freestylestreet dancing competitions that use the native soli-soli as material for the festive costumes of its contestants.
Buhing Kalbaryo Festival
The Buhing Kalbaryo Festival is a Cebu festival held during Lent by the Buhing Kalbaryo Foundation Inc.
During this festival in Cebu, several key events of the life of Jesus Christ are reenacted, including the Triumphant Entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, acted out with an entry at the San Nicolas Church patio. Several street dramas take place portraying Jesus Christ’s passion from his arrest until his resurrection. This Cebu fiesta culminates with Easter Mass.
Pasko Kasakit sa Bantayan
Cebu’s Bantayan Island comes alive every March, when the Pasko Kasakit sa Bantayan festival in Cebu takes place. A truly remarkable Cebu festival, Pasko Kasakit sa Bantayan is renowned for the procession of life-size statues representing several saints, as well as the localized feasts that take place in practically every home on the island.
Aside from the unique celebration, Bantayan Island is also a particularly noteworthy summer destination for its white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters.
This simple Cebu fiesta in Minglanilla highlights the town’s popular ‘sugat.’
The Haladaya Festival is a Cebu fiesta that is celebrated every Easter Sunday. This festival in Cebu takes its name from Datu Daya, one of the first Malayan leaders whose group settled in the Cebuano town of Daan Bantayan; Haladaya literally means ‘halad kang Datu Daya,’ or ‘Datu Daya be honored.’ Favorite events during this Cebu festival include a fluvial parade showcasing the images of several of the town’s patron saints; a cooking festival featuring ‘puto balanghoy,’ a delicious rice cake; and, a week after the start of this festival in Cebu, a street dancing competition whose entries reenact the heroism of Datu Daya and celebrate victory, life and a good harvest.
Kadaugan sa Mactan Festival
This Cebu festival seeks to commemorate the battle between Spanish invader Fernando Magallanes – more popularly known as Ferdinand Magellan – and Mactan chieftain Lapu-Lapu. Reenactments of this historic fight – and the subsequent victory of the Cebuano natives over the invading forces – are expected and looked forward to during this Cebu fiesta.
Cebu City comes alive every May 5 during this festival in Cebu. The main purpose of this Cebu fiesta is to showcase the heritage and identity of the capital of the Queen City of the South. Street dancing, floats, dioramas, food festivals, and sports events overwhelm the city with its festive, raucous energy.
Camotes Cassava Festival
June 10 to 11
The sweet potato, known in the Filipino vernacular as camote, is the focus of a Cebu festival known as the Camotes Cassava festival. The town of Tudela celebrates the sweet potato and cassava, a product derived from this delightful root crop, during this Cebu fiesta, holding cooking competitions, exhibits even a beauty pageant.
Ani-Anihan sa Tabuelan Festival
During this Cebu festival, the Cebu town of Tabuelan celebrates the feast of Saint John the Baptist, its patron saint. Several events take place during this fiesta in Cebu, including agricultural and trade fairs, a beauty pageant, and a street dancing parade showcasing the planting and harvest phases of provincial life.
This Cebu festival in Badian town showcases the town’s various handicrafts, cultures, and delicacies, focusing, specifically, on the native handwoven mats known as ‘banig.’ This festival in Cebu includes street dancing with costumes made using banig material, a trade fair showcasing the banig and other native products, and a banig-making contest.
This Cebu festival in Cordova honors Saint James the Apostle, with street dancing and food fests throughout the town.
Cordova Dinagat Festival
During this festival in Cebu, the Cebuano town of Cordova honors its livelihood: fishing. This Cebu fiesta takes its name from the Filipino word for sea – ‘dagat’ – and celebrates the bounties of the sea, as well as this Cebu fishing town’s heritage and history. Traditional rituals and dances take place during this festival in Cebu, many showcasing the folk tales, legends, myths, and history of the town.
September 1 to 30
This Cebu festival honors Saint Thomas of Villanueva, the patron saint of the Cebu city of Danao. A week-long celebration of food, festivities, and general merriment, this fiesta in Cebu is particularly worth watching for the festive, impressive street dancing competitions featuring teams from the city’s different barrios.
Every October 15, Talisay City commemorates the feast day of Saint Teresa de Avila with a celebration of food known as the Halad Festival. During this fiesta in Cebu, the scent of spit-roast suckling pig – known in the Filipino vernacular as lechon – literally wafts throughout this Cebu city that has become associated with the Filipino dish. Trade fairs, cooking demonstrations, and food fairs are all conducted featuring lechon, with no part – not its golden-brown crispy skin nor its mouth-watering herb-flavored meat – going to waste.
This festival in Cebu takes its name from two Cebuano words: Sinanggi, which means abundance, specifically of agricultural products, and Sayaw, which means to dance. This Cebu fiesta celebrates the bountiful harvest with dancing in the streets and field presentations, all focusing on the three aspects of the season: planting, harvesting, and thanksgiving.
Lapu-Lapu City Festival
November 21 to 22
This Cebu festival celebrates the founding of this thriving Cebu city. The patron saint of the city, the Virgin of the Rule, is also given due acclaim during this festival in Cebu, through a series of colorful rites and festive merrymaking.
This Cebu festival in Carcar town takes its name from kabkad, a native ferm that grows in and around the town. More than just a celebration in honor of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, the town’s patron saint, this festival in Cebu also showcases the town’s history, products, and art.
Pasko sa Sugbu Festival
December 1 to 31
A month-long celebration in preparation for Christmas on December 25, Pasko sa Sugbu is known for several Yuletide shows. Every night for the duration of this festival in Cebu, Cebuanos in the capital put on various cultural shows for the enjoyment of locals and tourists. Many Christmas-themed competitions are held, including Christmas Tree and Christmas Star-making competitions using native materials.
The Cebuano town of Tudela on Camotes Island is renowned for its Taganitohan Festival, a Cebu fiesta that showcases the unique Filipino amalgam of Christianity and paganism. During this Cebu festival, various street parades showcase the town’s history of worship of spirits, known locally as ‘anito’; ‘tag-anitohan’ literally means ‘place of spirits.’ A highlight of this festival in Cebu is a series of dances featuring the reenactment of the rescue of townspeople from Moro invaders by Mandayang, a warrior who used native talismans to summon spirits and defeat the intruders.
Whatever day or month you choose to visit Cebu our hotel will guarantee that you’ll have a grand time enjoying the revelries without spending a lot.