Friday, October 23, 2015


Sinulog 2016 is fast approaching. So better book your flights and set your itineraries as early as now.  The Sinulog Foundation Inc. has already laid out the 2016 Sinulog Schedule of Activities, so check this out.

SINULOG Photo by Ryann Ablen Photography

SINULOG 2016 Schedule of Activities
as of October 20, 2015
December 1, 2015 – January 31, 2016 : Sinulog Street Fair, Osmeña Blvd.

December 26, 2015 – January 23, 2016 : Sinulog 2015 Photo Exhibit @ SM City Cebu

January 3, 2016 (Saturdayday)    
                  Sinulog Fun Run

5:00 A.M. : Elimination Sinulog 2016 Dance Crew

January 7, 2016 (Thursday)     
                  Opening Salvo: Walk with Jesus
4:00 A.M. : Assembly Time (Area) Fuente Osmeña
4:30 A.M. : Start of Walk-Fuente Osmeña Blvd. – Basilica del Sto. Niño
5:30 A.M. : Installation of Hermano & Hermana Mayores 2016

January 8, 2016 (Friday)   
                 Sinulog 2015 Kick Off
10:00 A.M. : Sinulog Trade Fair @ SM City Cebu by Department of Trade and Industry
2:00 P.M. : Solemn Mass (Basilica del Santo Niño)
3:00 P.M. : Launching Parade (Basilica del Santo Niño to CCSC)
6:00 P.M. : Sinulog Choral Competition Grand Finals @ Fuente Osmeña
7:00 P.M. : Opening and Launching Program, Fuente Osmeña
8:00 P.M. : Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña Circle)
9:00 P.M. : Street Party Bands

January 9, 2016 (Saturday)     
                 Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan
1:00 P.M. : Parade of Participants, Capitol Site to Cebu City Sports Center
2:00 P.M. : Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan @ Cebu City Sports Center
6:30 P.M. : Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña) by Department of Education - Cebu Province
7:00 P.M. : Ms. Cebu 2015 Pre Pageant Night @ Ayala Activity Center
8:00 P.M. : Sinulog Idol @ Fuente Osmeña Circle
9:00 p.m. : Concert @ Fuente Osmeña Circle, Street Party
January 10, 2016 (Sunday)   
                  Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Dakbayan
3:00 A.M. : Cebu City 2015 Marathon –
1:00 P.M. : Parade of Participants, Plaza Independencia to Cebu City  Sports Center
2:00 P.M. : Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Dakbayan @ Cebu City Sports Center
6:30 P.M. : Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña) by University of San Carlos, Cebu Normal University,
                  Salazar College of Science and Institute of Technology
8:00 P.M. : Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña)
9:00 P.M. : Concert @ the Fuente Osmeña, Street Party Bands

January 11, 2016 (Monday)   
6:30 P.M. : Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña)
8:00 P.M. : Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña)
9:00 P.M. : Concert @ the Fuente Osmeña, Street Party Bands

January 12, 2016 (Tuesday)                 
6:30 P.M. : Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña)
8:00 P.M. : Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña)
9:00 P.M. : Concert @ the Fuente Osmeña, Street Party Bands

January 13, 2016 (Wednesday)      
9:00 A.M. : Airport Welcome (Balikbayan Flights)
6:30 P.M. : Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña) by Department of Education - Cebu City Division
7:00 P.M. : Ms. Cebu 2016 Coronation Night @ Waterfront Hotel Cebu City
8:00 P.M. : Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña)
9:00 P.M. : Concert @ the Fuente Osmeña, Street Party Bands

January 14, 2016 (Thursday)
9:00 A.M. : Airport Welcome (Balikbayan Flights)
6:00 P.M. : Balik Cebu Welcome Party @ Ayala Activity Center
6:30 P.M. : Sinulog Festival Queen Runway Competition and Photoshoot
8:00 P.M. : Handumanan @ Ayala Terraces
8:00 P.M. : Sinulog 2016 Idol Grand Finals @ the Fuente Osmeña
9:00 P.M. : Concert @ the Fuente Osmeña, Street Party Bands

January 15, 2016 (Friday)    
                  Visual Merchandising Contest (Dept. Stores and Malls)
4:00 A.M. : Walk with Mary (Area) Fuente Osmeña - Sto. Niño
9:00 A.M. : Solidarity Meeting (All Competing Contingent/Floats/Higante/Puppeteers)
                  @ Cebu City Sports Center Gym
6:00 P.M. : Sinulog 2016 Dance Crew Finals @ Cebu City Sports Center
7:30 P.M. : Sinulog Festival Queen 2016 Coronation Night @ Cebu City Sports Center
8:00 P.M. : Cebu Popular Music Festival @ Cebu Coliseum

January 16, 2016 (Saturday)           
6:00 A.M. : Fluvial Procession of the Miraculous Image of the Sto. Niño
9:00 A.M. : Re-enactment of the Baptism of Queen Juana and Rajah Humabon Basilica del Santo Niño
12:00 P.M. : 10th "The Street Vibration & Big Bike Rally 2016"
                    by V-max Owner's Group, Inc. Cebu Chapter
2:00 P.M. : Solemn Procession of the Miraculous Image of Sto. Niño
7:00 P.M. : Sinulog Fireworks Competition @ SM City Cebu
7:00 P.M. : Street Party @ Fuente Osmeña and Plaza Independencia

January 17, 2016 (Sunday)  
                  Sinulog Grand Parade

4:00 A.M. : Mañanita Mass @ Basilica del Sto. Niño
6:00 A.M. : Pontifical Mass with His Eminence Jose S. Palma
8:00 A.M. : Holy Mass @ Cebu City Sports Center
9:00 A.M. : Sinulog Grand Parade Carousel Kick Off
7:00 P.M. : Grand Finale and Grand Fireworks @ Cebu City Sports Center
7:30 P.M. : Street Party Bands, Fuente Osmeña
9:00 P.M. : Pyrospectacular Show (Pyromusical Show @ SM City Cebu)
5:00 P.M. – 2:00 A.M. : Concert Series sa Sugbo @ SRP Grounds
12:00 MN : Sinulog Fireworks @SRP

January 18, 2016 (Monday) 
               : Awarding Ceremonies @ Cebu City Sports Center

January 22, 2016 (Friday)     “HUBO”

January 25, 2016 (Monday)
First Cebu City Triathlon –

January 26, 2016 (Tuesday)
Judging Sinulog 2016 Photo Contest

January 27, 2016 (Wednesday)
Judging of Finalist in Short Film / Video Documentary and
Music Video Contest

January 30, 2016 (Saturday) 
1:00 P.M. : Screening of Finalists Sinulog Short Film Festival @ SM City Cebu
6:00 P.M. : Awarding Ceremonies Photo Contest, Short Film and
                  Video Documentary Contest @ SM City Cebu

January 29, 2016 – February 6, 2016     
               :  Photo Exhibit “Winning Photos Sinulog 2016" @ SM City Cebu
For Further information, please call Sinulog Foundation Office (6332)253-3700 / (6332)254-5010 / (6332)254-5318 / (6332)254-5319 or visit Sinulog Website -


Monday, October 12, 2015

Canyoneering in Alegria, Cebu

Canyoneering in Cebu is one adventure you shouldn't miss if you visit the Queen City of the South. Canyoneering in Cebu  is not only for the adventurous heart but is actually for everyone, except little kids perhaps.  Looking at the photos of Canyoneering in Cebu  might be intimidating. One might think that you need to have big muscles to do Canyoneering in Cebu .  But i can attest that at an age of mid-thirty something, fat to obese body type, i did it all.  I climbed, I swam, I jumped.  All you need is just a little dose of faith. 

Kanla-ob Canyoneering in Cebu
Canyoneering or Canyoning is travelling through canyons or gorges or deep ravines made out by the erosion of a river current and may need a variety of outdoor activities such as walking, trekking, climbing, jumping, rappelling and swimming.  Canyoneering in Cebu is not just an adventure.  It is more than just fun and enjoyment with friends and colleagues.  Canyoneering in Cebu  is in itself a journey with oneself.  It is time to dig in your inner self and find that belief that you can do anything that you set your heart and mind into.  It is a magical moment to be awed by God's great creation.  It is time for humanity to manifest itself, as one learns to trust other people and look out for one another's safety.  For urban dwellers like me, it is a refreshing time away from traffic and the hustle and stress of city life. Canyoneering in Cebu is truly a testament that all great things could only be achieved through sacrifice, hardwork and a ton of laughter.  But if you really have some serious illness then you might as well seek clearance from your physician before taking the plunge.

Kanla-ob Canyoneering in Cebu
Canyoneering in Cebu is at Barangay Compostela, Alegria which is located almost at the Southwestern tip of Cebu.  We began our journey at 3 in the morning.  We met at Ayala Cebu and departs at 3:30 a.m and travels through Talisay City, Minglanilla, Naga, Carcar, Barili, Moalboal, Badian then finally Alegria. On the way, we stop at Macdonalds drive thru to order some breakfast and just ate in the van. Travel time is approximately 3 hours so some actually slept throughout the ride.  We decided to travel this early so that we would be first in line and not be caught up with other travelers as it was a weekend.  The guide told us that weekends are usually booked in full, so better come early or book during weekdays.  

Kanla-ob Canyoneering in Cebu
From the highway, you will see a sign which says this way to Kanla-ob Canyoneering, then you will turn left.  From there, people from the Department of Tourism will stop your vehicle and make a quick check then will advise you if it is safe or not to proceed with the canyoneering, depending on the weather.  We started at 7 in the morning and we ended at past 11 am.  Kanla-ob Canyoneering in Cebu will take more or less 3 hours.You can bring your own food for lunch or you can ask the guide to cook native chicken tinola style or lechon style at a very affordable price, so that when you come back after the grueling adventure, you will have some tasty lunch to fest on. You can also ask them to cook rice.  They have plates and utensils you can use.   Bring bottled water for your consumption but i realized that all throughout the Kanla-ob Canyoneering, i never got thirsty, must have drank river water as i made those jumps. 
Kanla-ob Canyoneering in Cebu
The Van of Sir Windel will bring you near the registration area just in front of the house of the guide, so there is no need to ride a motorcycle or habal-habal.  It is also safe to leave some of your things like cellphones and shades inside the van because the family members of the guide will watch over the van.  If you want to book a package complete with air conditioned van, 2 to 3 guides, equipment like life vest and head gear contact Sir Windel at 09258584111.  Canyoneering in Cebu cost as much as P1,100 ALL IN, including the fee for the guides and if you want a sidetrip to Cambais Falls which is also in Alegria just add P250 for a total cost of P1,350. Kanla-ob Canyoneering in Cebu is about 1.5 kms.  
Kanla-ob Canyoneering in Cebu
Before starting the Kanla-ob Canyoneering, You must register first.  The guide will lead you to the Registration Area.  The Package of Sir Windel already includes the registration fee. Then we traverse downhill leading to the river.  The first jump and the 2nd to the last jump are the highest jumps.  It looks so scary from the top but this is where you take a leap of faith.  Trusting God, trusting yourself, trusting the guides. After making the first jump, all other jumps becomes easy.
Kanla-ob Canyoneering in Cebu
I brought with me my DSLR camera and i managed to take some few shots before it got wet and died.  I placed it inside a dry bag which i loosely tied, then when we came upon a clear area of the Kanla-ob river i checked it to take some few shots only to find it dead already. Well i never have regrets, it was my fault.  My Kanla-ob Canyoneering in Cebu was the best experience in my life thus far.  It was priceless.  So better leave your high end cameras behind and bring in a GoPro instead.  And if you want to bring your wallets or other stuffs, put it in a securely tied drybag, which is folded at least 3 or 4 times.  The guides will also bring it for you,  So you will have an utmost and clutter-free canyoneering experience.  
Kanla-ob Canyoneering in Cebu
Enjoy and respect nature as you go along the Kanla-ob Canyoneering.  You'll be in a for some surprise at the  near end of the journey.  I won't tell what it is, you have to find it out for yourself.  Kanla-ob Canyoneering in Cebu is not really that tiresome as you will get hydrated all the time, the taxing part is when you trek up the mountain going back to where you started or where your vehicle is.  That i think is the most brutal part.  Don't be in a hurry, stop and breathe and enjoy the nature that surrounds you.  The best part coming early is that you get it done after lunch and will be back in the city by late afternoon.  Or if you opt to go to Cambais Falls then you can start early.  I'll cover Cambais Falls in another post.
Kanla-ob Canyoneering in Cebu
What to wear:
Clothes with quick-drying material
Wet suits , Rash guard
Aqua shoes , Trekking shoes, rubber shoes
Helmets, life vest and other safety gears are provided by the guide

Bring towels and dry clothes as well.
Kanla-ob Canyoneering in Cebu
If life has taken its toll on you, If you are depressed, if you feel stressed out, if you have loss your self-belief then try canyoneering in Kanla-ob, Alegria Cebu.  You will rediscover life.
Kanla-ob Canyoneering in Cebu
Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints.  Kill nothing but time.
Que Alegre!

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