SINULOG - Celebrated every 3rd Sunday of January, is Cebu's biggest and most popular festival. The feast is in honor of the Holy Image of Senyor Santo Nino de Cebu. The Sinulog festival is one of the grandest and most colorful festivals in the Philippines. The main festival is held each year on the third Sunday of January in Cebu City to honor the Santo Niño, or the child 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 the country's most colorful displays of pomp and pageantry: participants garbed in bright-colored costumes dance to the rhythm of drums and native gongs. The streets are usually lined with vendors and pedestrians all wanting to witness the street-dancing. Smaller versions of the festival are also held in various parts of the province, also to celebrate and honor the Santo Niño. There is also a Sinulog sa Kabataan, which is performed by the youths of Cebu a week before the Grand Parade. Recently, the cultural event has been commercialized as a tourist attraction and instead of traditional street-dancing from locals, Sinulog also came to mean a contest featuring contingents from various parts of the country. The Sinulog Contest is traditionally held in the Cebu City Sports Complex, where most of Cebu's major provincial events are held.
PASKO SA SUGBO Cebu City/ Province wide- An annual Christmas celebration of songs and lantern making, lighting & decorating held during the month of December spread good cheers to local residents and visitors alike.
SANAYON - Agro- tourism festival in the southern towns of the second district about 100 kms. from the city. A month- long activity to spread out tourism to the countryside.
TAGBO, Poro, Camotes Island, Cebu- Celebrated every January in honor of Patron Santo Nino de Poro. Beloved memoir of a living past, Tagbo is the cornerstone.
CASSAVA FESTIVAL, Carcar, Cebu- Celebrated on November 24-25 in hononor of a town's patron, St. Catherine of Alexandria. Carcar town is noted for its old Spanish style houses in the quiet countryside
MT. MANUNGAL TREK, Balamban, Cebu- An annual mountain trek held within the 3rd week of March, in memory of the late president Ramon Magsaysay whose plane (named the Mt. Pinatubo) crashed in Mt. Manunggal on March 17, 1957. Elevation: 3,000 ft.
KADAUGAN SA MACTAN, Lapu-lapu City- A one day re-enactment celebrated with pomp and pageantry every 27th of April to commemorate the historic battle of Mactan between the forces of Lapu-lapu and Ferdinand Magellan.
PASKO SA KASAKIT, Bantayan Island (Holy Thursday & Good Friday)- A religious procession of life size images of a death and passion of Jesus Christ carried in richly decorated and lighted carrozas.
BARANGAYAN- An annual celebration of the Philippine Independence held every June 12.
VIA CRUCIS, Banawa Hills, Cebu City- A lenten activity where devotees to their penitential procession through the stations of the cross built on 12 hectares of rolling hills.
DINAGAT FESTIVAL, Cordova, Cebu- The festival characterized by street dancing & an interpretative dance competition based on the fishing rituals & culture of the Cordovahanons.
TRES DE ABRIL CELEBRATION - Celebrated every 3rd of April in commemoration of the Spanish resistance in the south. This historic battle under Leon Kilat's leadership gave Cebu the glory of being the first major island outside Luzon to oppose Spanish dominance.
NUESTRA SENORA DE REGLA FIESTA, Lapu-lapu City- Held to honor the patroness of Opon on November 20-21. This religious and social event reveals the deep