The Sinulog Festival is a grand, colorful event that commemorates the pagan history of the Filipino people, as well as their acceptance of Christianity. It occurs, every year, in Cebu on the third Sunday in January. The streets are filled with vendors and spectators, who have come to watch the brightly garbed dancers. Because the Sinulog is becoming more of a commercialized tourist attraction, local street-dancers are now competing with dancers from across the country for a place in this event.
The Singulog dance festival has been a long part of Filipino history, long before the arrival of the Magellan arrived in Cebu in 1521, in which they honored their pagan idols– although, it was a much smaller event at this time, danced by only a few locals. The arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century, also meant the Christianization of “new” lands. The Filipino people easily accepted the image of Santo Nino (or Jesus as a child) and began worshiping this image at the Singulog. Throughout time, this festival has become a way for the Filipino people to recognize and pay respects to both their pagan history and their acceptance of Christianity through the beauty of dance.
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Written By: Claire
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