Exciting Sinulog at the Malls
Cebu’s Sinulog Festival has really grown to grand size. It’s fittingly touted as “the biggest fiesta of the Philippines!” The festivities are no longer contained to the colorful street dancing of the Sinulog grand parade day.
Notably, Sinulog celebrations are also found in the city’s shopping malls – in particular, at SM Supermalls in the Queen City of the South. There, mall-goers may dance to the beat of the drums amid an unmistakable Sinulog vibe. Obviously, it’s a more comfortable celebration at the malls; no risk of sunburn and no need to squeeze oneself in body-tobody dense crowds.
At SM City Cebu, there’s the “Cebu! Cebu!” art exhibit at the Northwing Atrium, showcasing the creations of Chambers: The Cebu Project. It’s a treasure trove of Cebuano products from furniture, home décor, and fashion accessories sectors. Exhibitors include Cebu Furniture Industries Fashion, Inc., Cebu Gifts, Toys, and Houseware Foundation, Inc., Cebu Fashion Accessories, Manufacturers & Exports Foundation (Cebu FAME) with the participation of Cebubased British driftwood sculptor James Doran Webb. The exhibit is ongoing until January 22.
There’s also the “Santo Nino: A Homage” at the Art Center of SM City Cebu. The exhibit features the works of 23 artists from Cebu, Manila and Mindanao. The exhibit aims to provide viewers the opportunity to understand the root of their faith through visual interpretations from the viewpoint of the painters and sculptors. The exhibit runs from January 13 to 28.
Big discounts are offered in the Sinulog Sale from January 17 to 22 in SM City Cebu, SM Seaside City Cebu, and SM City Consolacion.
At SM Seaside City Cebu, there’s the one-week Sinulog celebration dubbed as “Euphoria.” On January 19, Euphoria Beats – a fusion of DJs and percussionists – gives a sampler of the Sinulog vibe at the Mountain Wing Atrium. The Euphoria Sinulog Grand Showcase on January 15 and the Euphoria VisSound feature Visayan artists at the Mountain Wing Atrium at 6 p.m. Come January 19, balikbayans and visitors are treated to a festival of Filipino folk dances, dubbed “Balik Bayan Euphoria Night,” starting at 6 p.m., also at the Mountain Wing Atrium.
Artist Francis Sollano displays sculptures and installations in his “trashion” headpieces at the bridge way of the Mountain Wing of SM Seaside City Cebu beginning January 17. A mini fashion show will mark the launch with Bb. Cebu Grand Winner, Apriel Smith and her court to grace the ramp wearing the extraordinarily crafted head pieces by Francis Sollano.
At the Northwing Atrium of SM City Cebu, the Sinulog Festival Queens will parade their colorful costumes on the runway on January 18, at 6 p.m.
The “Cut & Style” Sinulog fashion event welcome everyone to have their shirts cut-and-styled at any Islands Souvenirs special popup displays at SM City Cebu. There’s also the Cut & Style Grand Fashion Show on January 19, at the Northwing Atrium featuring the Binibining Cebu Queens, with exclusive creations by master couturier Cary Santiago and special guests Donny Pangilinan and Hannah Pangilinan and other local Cebuano personalities. The Islands Souvenirs booth is at the lower ground level of the main mall.
Sunday, January 21, is “Euphoria in the Sky” with Philippine Drone Racing League Season 1 at the Sky Park of SM Seaside City Cebu, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Capping the night is the mall’s grand fireworks display at 9 p.m. Another attraction is the “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” life-size installation of firefighter jet at the Cube Wing Atrium of the mall, ongoing until January 22.
Over at SM City Consolacion, people from the Cebu north may witness the Sinulog Grand Parade and Sayaw Sinulog on January 21 during mall hours at the Event Centre.
At SM City Cebu on January 20 at 7 p.m., six contestants from all over the country battle it out in the 10th Sinulog Fireworks Competition. Cap your Sinulog celebration with A grand musical fireworks display by Pyroworks International caps the year’s Sinulog celebration, on January 21, at 8 p.m. at the Northwing open parking. At SM Seaside City Cebu, the Sinulog fireworks display takes place at 9 p.m.
For updates and inquiries, one may check out SM City Cebu (Official), SM City Consolacion (Official), and SM Seaside City Cebu (Official) on Facebook.