The ultimate Sinulog survival guide

Despite efforts over the years, there’s really no stopping anyone from hitting the streets—and why would you? It’s Sinulog, after all!

It’s going to be one crazy day, so make sure you live to tell the tale with these tips from those who’ve been there before.

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THE BASICS

 

jamaeca-nelmida“Don’t start drinking in the morning, because by 4:00 p.m., you’ll most likely be passed out while your friends are dancing around and partying!” – JAMAECA NELMIDA, executive officer, Ardent ActiveLife

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janne-salinana-2“Rehydrate. Go with the flow. Where the crowd is… follow. And wear your most comfortable outfit.” – JANNE SALINANA, production assistant, Spectrum Philippines

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john-luis-mahusay“Get a waterproof case for your phone. Hydrate. Make sure your feet are comfortable. Wear loose clothing. Don’t be afraid to get dirty!” – JOHN LUIS MAHUSAY, student

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ciara-mendoza“Don’t bring expensive things. Chances are you’ll lose them because of dancing, walking through the crowd, stumbling, or all of the above.” – CIARA MENDOZA, marketing executive, KKA Productions

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IN THE BAG

While you’re not supposed to bring a lot of stuff, make sure you’ve stowed away these essentials before hitting the streets.

changeCHANGE

Break down those big bills so you can give the exact amount (or close to it) for your purchases. A lot of places—especially on the streets—might not have enough change.

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alcoholALCOHOL

… and we mean the isopropyl type (or ethyl). Washrooms might be hard to come by, so best to have a tiny bottle to sanitize your hands and clean minor wounds.

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wipesWIPES

Similarly, clean bathrooms may be far and few in between along the street party scene. Have a small pack of baby wipes that can also be used to clean surfaces if you’re fussy.

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ziplocWATERPROOF PROTECTION FOR YOUR GADGETS

Beer showers are inevitable, as is being smeared on by paint. Protect your precious phones and cameras with a waterproof case, or #lifehack one with a Ziploc bag.

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FASHION FORWARD

We all know the importance of looking your festive best this Sinulog, yet take it one step further and choose accessories that are not only stylish, but practical as well.

HAT

Ching Sadaya Photography by Mark Philip Dales/Zee Lifestyle)
Ching Sadaya (Photography by Mark Philip Dales/Zee Lifestyle)

There won’t be any shortage of headgear during Sinulog, but our top pick goes to hats. It’ll protect you from extreme heat or sudden rain. Queen City cap by ZeroThreeTwo

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BIKINI TOPS

Issa Perez (Photography by Mark Philip Dales/Zee Lifestyle)
Issa Perez (Photography by Mark Philip Dales/Zee Lifestyle)

For the ladies, switch your bras with swimwear instead. With all the beer showers and possible rain, getting wet during Sinulog is an inevitability.

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PRACTICAL SHOES

Rabsin de la Cruz  (Photography by Mark Philip Dales/Zee Lifestyle)
Rabsin de la Cruz (Photography by Mark Philip Dales/Zee Lifestyle)

Trust us: There’s more standing than drinking! Wear your most comfortable shoes—preferably closed, so you don’t have to worry about puddles and other ways your feet can get dirty.

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