The Sinulog Festival is one of the grandest and most colourful festivals in the Philippines with a very rich history. The main festival is held each year on the third Sunday of January in Cebu City to honor the Santo Niño, or the child of Jesus, who used to be the patron saint of the whole province of Cebu ( since in the Catholic faith Jesus is not a saint, but God). It is essentially a dance ritual which remembers the Filipino People’s pagan past and their acceptance of Christianity. The Festival features some of the country’s most colorful displays of pompm and pageantry:participants garbed in bright-colored costumes dance to the rhythm of drums , trumpets, and native gongs. The street are usually lined with vendors and pedestrians all wanting to witness the street dancing. Smaller versions of the festivals are also held in various part of province, also to celebrate and honor the Santo Niño. There is also a Sinulog of Kabataan, which is performed by the youth of Cebu a week before Grand Parade. Aside from the Colorful and festive dancing, there is also the SME trade fair where Sinulog features Cebu export quality products and people around the world flock on the treasures that are Cebu. Recently, the Cultural event has been commercialized as a tourist attraction instead of traditional street-dancing from locals, Sinulog also came to mean a featuring contingents from various parts of the country. The Sinulog Contest is traditionally held in Cebu City Sports Complex, where most of Cebu’s major provincial events are held.
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