Cebu is a hectic place when Sinulog Season rolls around, when people gather at the heart of the city to celebrate this religious festival. Take yourself away from the hustle and bustle of the city by visiting these unusual locales recommended by Cebuanos:
Sofia Olavides, 20
The Clove On The Quay. If you enjoy the view of the sea and the city lights, this place is for you. They serve amazing food that you could devour while enjoying the sunset view of the Marcelo Fernan Bridge and the parked yachts. As a shutterbug, I love the place for its ambiance and scenic view. I’d recommend that you visit around 4:00-5:00 PM to catch the golden hour that would be perfect for your OOTDs and Instagram uploads. If you’re the drink and chill type, you should definitely check this place out.
Cebu Yacht Club, Mactan, Cebu
Maurice Jitty Villaester, 21
Mantayupan Falls. Why go to crowded places when you can just unwind and be comfy with nature? Known to be the highest falls in Cebu, it will surely satisfy one’s cravings for cold water.
Ciairha Monsanto, 21
Student Nurse, Miss Mandaue 2017 Top 6 Finalist
Balamban. Why choose to be surrounded with numerous people in the busy streets when you can be surrounded by trees and enjoy serenity? If you’re tired of walking the crowded streets of Cebu City every Sinulog, a literal breath of fresh air would be great from the mountains of Balamban. Visit Tops for a quick scenic view of the city or go to West 35 for a refreshing overnight stay. Go alone or go with your family or friends! It’s the perfect time to go up to the mountains while everyone else is rushing down to the city.
Alphonzo Alegrado, 20
Dao Falls, Samboan. I’d have to recommend Dao Falls in Samboan. It’s a little over two hours outside of the city, towards the southwest tip of the island. You first trek through the hillside, snaking between palm trees, until you reach a forested area. From there, it’s a fun trek that involves a bamboo bridge, clinging to a small pathway by the creek, and wading through cold turquoise water until you finally reach the falls.
Elisha Tabaque, 21
As known to us, the annual Sinulog celebration is a feast of our love and devotion to the holy child Jesus, Sto. Niño. Given that there is a holy mass and procession held, Sinulog festival dance competition organized and multiple parties arranged, I suggest locals and tourists, after having done and witnessed the aforementioned to have a quick visit to Cebu museums. It’s definitely unusual to do so since we have this idea of merrymaking during the festivity but Museo sa Sugbo, Halad Museum, Casa Gorordo Museum, Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House and the Jesuit House will make your short stay worthwhile and fun too as they offer you a visit of the past; a visit to Cebu and Philippine history, culture and heritage. In terms of proximity, the museums are just located downtown and is in fact, just a ride away if you’re already at the city proper. The museums are definitely Sinulog destinations as well because it will let you see how Cebu became progressive through time that today, it was able to mold the Sinulog festival to what it is now – divine, grand and memorable. Not only is Sinulog festival a time for celebrating our devotion to the beloved child but also the perfect moment to explore and appreciate the rich story of the queen city’s “long time ago.” Surely, you’d be struck by a wave of nostalgia.