Sinulog 2017: Where to stay in Cebu City and neighboring areas |
BlogFreshest property listings, latest news, and top real estate tips.

Sinulog 2017: Where to stay in Cebu City and neighboring areas

by Jillian CariolaPublished: January 5, 2017Updated: January 10, 2017

Consider staying at these short-term Cebu accommodations as you chant “Pit Senyor!” during this year’s Sinulog Festival

Sinulog 2017 Where to stay in Cebu City and neighboring Mandaue Lapu-Lapu MyProperty Philippines

Celebrations ushering in the New Year may be long over, but Cebuanos have yet to let up on the merry-making due to the joyous and colorful Sinulog Festival. Held in January and considered as one of the most famous celebrations of the Philippines, Sinulog is an annual religious festival held at the Queen City of the South—Cebu City— to honor the Santo Niño and commemorate the Filipinos’ acceptance of Christianity.

The highlight of the festival happens on the third weekend of January marked by a day-long grand parade, as well as various contests and religious processions. Still, this year’s celebration started in December 1 last year and will continue until January 31, so if you’re itching to join the fun, we have some suggestions on where you can spend your vacation to stay close to the festivities.

(To help you map out your itinerary, we’ve also included the schedule of the Sinulog Festival.)


Room for female travelers
If you’re an independent woman planning to witness the festival alone, this female-only rental in Suba San Nicolas in Cebu City offers daily and monthly rates for transients on a budget. A semi-furnished room with a single bed costs Php6,000 (one month), while one with two single beds will cost Php5,000 per person. Rooms are air-conditioned and have hot-and-cold showers. On top of that, free Wi-Fi is available to guests, and located at the lower level of the building is a Gaisano Mart.

Standard comforts for couples
If you’re one of those travelers who only use their accommodation merely as a pit-stop in between more exciting adventures, this basic room for two located in Casuntingan, Mandaue City, should be perfect. Priced at Php700 per night for two guests, the room contains a double bed, air conditioning, cable TV, refrigerator, private bathroom, and tables and chairs. Since this is a room that offers only the basics, you won’t find extra perks like free Wi-Fi, toiletries, drinking water, or airport transfer.

Bare necessities
Another options for those who “just need a place to sleep for the night” is this semi-furnished apartelle found in Pusok, Lapu-Lapu City. A quaint 15-sqm, this air-conditioned unit is close to the airport and an SM Savemore store for your convenience, and it also has a free parking space if you’re planning on renting a vehicle during your stay. A studio-type unit costs Php800 a day, while a two-bedroom unit has a daily rate of Php1,900.

Serviced luxury loft
Located in Barangay Bakilid, Mandaue City, this serviced condotel boasts a spacious 75-sqm living area built with four bedrooms and three bathrooms. Up to eight adults can occupy the unit, which comes equipped with free Wi-Fi, hot-and-cold shower, and several basic appliances including a flat-screen cable TV. Aside from housekeeping and room service, your stay is made comfortable with amenities such as an in-house restaurant, coffee shop, karaoke room, and a family room. Short-term renting of this unit costs Php83,000 a month.

Sinulog 2017 Where to stay in Cebu City and neighboring Mandaue Lapu-Lapu MyProperty Philippines
Serviced luxury loft in Bakilid, Mandaue City

Budget unit for two (or more)
This 22-sqm studio unit in Casuntingan, Mandaue City, should be sufficient for a couple looking for a budget-friendly place during the festival. While two people can stay for Php1,750 per night, the room is actually big enough for a family of up to six members, but additional guests in excess of the first two will be charged. The air-conditioned unit has a balcony, hot-and-cold shower, tables and chairs, as well as a fridge, and is within walking distance of convenience stores, restaurants, banks, and public transport.

Studio unit with a freebie
In Cebu City’s Barangay Guadalupe is a 22-sqm fully furnished condo unit that’s ideal for two people. For a minimum three night’s stay costing Php1,800 a night, the couple can enjoy the use of a double bed, split-type air conditioning, hot-and-cold shower, LCD TV, Wi-Fi, and various kitchen appliances, as well as an airport pickup service that’s absolutely free. If cooking while on vacation is not your cup of tea, the unit is conveniently close to several restaurants and fast food chains.

Built for business or leisure
Thinking of doing a little business during your leisure trip? If you need a place to stay long after the festival, this studio-type apartment located in Mabolo, Cebu City, can be rented for Php17,000 a month or Php16,000/month for three months. For that price, you get a 32-sqm floor area supplied with a bed, hot-and-cold shower, mini kitchen, cable TV, and Wi-Fi. It’s also close to shopping centers like SM City Cebu and Ayala Center Cebu, various coffee shops and restaurants, and even a number of tourist spots.

Barkada trip
For a peso-pinching group of friends, this is the ultimate money-saver: an air-conditioned room for rent furnished with one king-sized bed and one single bed, cable TV, private bathroom, tables and chairs, and cabinets. Located in Mandaue’s Barangay Casuntingan, a night’s stay costs Php1,200 for three people, but the room’s big enough for six, although extra guests are charged Php300 a night.

Sinulog 2017 Where to stay in Cebu City and neighboring Mandaue Lapu-Lapu MyProperty Philippines
Room for rent in Casuntingan, Mandaue City

Short-term for your small family
In Alang-Alang, Mandaue, is this deluxe studio unit that’s spacious enough to accommodate two adults and two kids 11 years old and younger, or three adults. Short-term rent of this 27-sqm unit costs Php22,000 a month and comes with one queen bed, an LCD TV with cable, hot-and-cold shower, free Wi-Fi, and a few kitchen appliances.

Rooms with a view
After exhausting yourself during the day’s events, how would you like to rest at a simple house with a relaxing view of the ocean? This two-story fully furnished duplex in Poblacion, Lapu-Lapu City, promises just that, as well as two bedrooms, a kitchen, a dining room, and a bathroom. Nearby landmarks include the Gaisano Mall, Virgen dela Regla National Shrine, the ferry boat terminal, and the airport. The home can be rented by up to three adults (no kids or pets) for Php499 a night for a minimum of 10 nights.

Shopping-friendly location
Just can’t shake the shopper in you even while on vacation? This apartment complex located in Labangon, Cebu City, should satisfy your need for retail therapy as it is within walking distance of Metro Shopping Center and two other malls, and also close to the newly opened SM Seaside City Cebu. The available 55-sqm unit is fully furnished and also offers free Wi-Fi, cable TV, 24-hour security, hot-and-cold shower, and weekly linen changes, among other things. It can be rented for either short- or long-term stays for Php25,000 a month.

For the stay-in type
Would you prefer to cook your own meals even on a holiday? A fully equipped kitchen will come in handy, which is exactly what this 36-sqm two-bedroom unit in Guadalupe, Cebu City, has. Aside from the standard microwave and fridge, it also comes with a hot- and cold-water dispenser, induction stove, rice cooker, toaster, cookware, and utensils. Hotel-like perks include air conditioning in the bedroom and living room/kitchen, water heater, toiletries, LED TV, and free Wi-Fi. It’s also near One Pavilion Mall, the Guadalupe Church, Crown Regency Residences Cebu, and other landmarks. This unit is good for four guests and costs Php2,800 per night or Php30,000 a month for short-stay renting.

Sinulog 2017 Where to stay in Cebu City and neighboring Mandaue Lapu-Lapu MyProperty Philippines
Two-bedroom condo in Guadalupe, Cebu City

Ultimate hotel-like experience
In Kasambagan, Cebu City, this 60-sqm two-bedroom apartment is ready to offer guests a hotel-inspired stay with a lot of pluses. Aside from being fully furnished, the unit’s complex offers 24/7 security, a standby generator, and a fitness center, and is close to various restaurants and malls. And weekly housekeeping, Wi-Fi, cable, and parking are all offered at no extra charge. Short-term rental rate is set at Php40,000 a month, but you can also stay for a night for Php1,333 or a week for Php9,333.


2017 Sinulog Festival Schedule of Events

January 5, 2017 (Thursday) – Opening Salvo: Walk with Jesus
4:00 AM: Assembly Time (Area) Fuente Osmeña
4:30 AM: Start of Walk from Fuente Osmeña Blvd. to Basilica del Sto. Niño
5:30 AM: Installation of Hermano & Hermana Mayores 2017

January 6, 2017 (Friday) – Sinulog 2017 Kick Off
10:00 AM: Sinulog Trade Fair @ SM City Cebu by Department of Trade and Industry
2:00 PM: Solemn Mass (Basilica del Santo Niño)
3:00 PM: Launching Parade (Basilica Del Santo Niño to CCSC)
5:30 PM: Novena mass
7:00 PM: Opening and Launching Program, Fuente Osmeña

January 7, 2017 (Saturday) – Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan
1:00 PM: Parade of Participants (Capitol to CCSC)
2:00 PM: Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan at CCSC
5:30 PM: Novena mass
7:00 PM: Ms. Cebu 2017 Pre-pageant Night @ Ayala Activity Center
10:00 PM: Concert @ the Fuente Osmeña, Party Bands

January 8, 2017 (Sunday) – Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Dakbayan
3:00 AM: Cebu City 2017 Marathon
1:00 PM: Parade of Participants, Plaza Independencia to Cebu City Sports Center
2:00 PM: Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Dakbayan @ Cebu City Sports Center
5:30 PM: Novena Mass
9:00 PM: Concert @ the Fuente Osmeña, Street Party Bands

January 9, 2017 (Monday)
5:30 PM: Novena Mass
9:00 PM: Concert @ the Fuente Osmeña, Street Party Bands

January 10, 2017 (Tuesday)
5:30 PM: Novena Mass
9:00 PM: Concert @ the Fuente Osmeña, Street Party Bands

January 11, 2017 (Wednesday)
9:00 AM: Airport Welcome (Balikbayan Flights)
5:30 PM: Novena Mass
7:00 PM: Ms. Cebu 2017 Coronation Night @ Waterfront Hotel Cebu City
8:00 PM: Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña)
9:00 PM: Concert @ the Fuente Osmeña, Street Party Bands

January 12, 2017 (Thursday)
9:00 AM: Airport Welcome (Balikbayan Flights)
6:00 PM: Balik Cebu Welcome Party @ Ayala Activity Center
6:30 PM: Sinulog Festival Queen Runway Competition and Photoshoot
8:00 PM: Handumanan @ Ayala Terraces
8:00 PM: Sinulog 2016 Idol Grand Finals @ the Fuente Osmeña
9:00 PM: Concert @ the Fuente Osmeña, Street Party Bands

January 13, 2017 (Friday) – Visual Merchandising Contest (Department Stores and Malls)
4:00 AM: Walk with Mary (Area) Fuente Osmeña – Sto. Niño
9:00 AM: Solidarity Meeting (All Competing Contingent/Floats/Higante/Puppeteers)
@ Cebu City Sports Center Gym
6:00 PM: Sinulog 2016 Dance Crew Finals @ Cebu City Sports Center
7:30 PM: Sinulog Festival Queen 2016 Coronation Night @ Cebu City Sports Center
8:00 PM: Cebu Popular Music Festival @ Cebu Coliseum

January 14, 2017 (Saturday)
6:00 AM: Fluvial Procession of the Miraculous Image of the Sto. Niño
9:00 AM: Re-enactment of the Baptism of Queen Juana and Rajah Humabon Basilica del Santo Niño
12:00 PM: 12th “The Street Vibration & Big Bike Rally 2017” by V-max Owner’s Group, Inc. Cebu Chapter
2:00 PM: Solemn Procession of the Miraculous Image of Sto. Niño
7:00 PM: Sinulog Fireworks Competition @ SM City Cebu
7:00 PM: Street Party @ Fuente Osmeña and Plaza Independencia

January 15, 2017 (Sunday) – Sinulog Grand Parade
4:00 AM: Mañanita Mass at Basilica del Sto. Niño
6:00 AM: Pontifical Mass
8:00 AM: Holy Mass at Cebu City Sports Center
9:00 AM: Sinulog Grand Parade Carousel Kick Off
7:00 PM: Grand Finale and Grand Fireworks at CCSC
9:00 PM: Pyrospectacular Show (Pyromusical Show at SM City Cebu)
5:00 PM–2:00 AM: Sinulog DJ Mixing Grand Finals Night at Fuente Osmeña Circle
12:00 MN: Sinulog Fireworks at SRP (South Road Properties)

January 16, 2017 (Monday)
Awarding Ceremonies @ Cebu City Sports Center

January 20, 2017 (Friday)

January 31, 2017 (Tuesday)
Judging Sinulog 2017 Photo Contest

February 1, 2017 (Wednesday)
Judging of Finalist in Short Film / Video Documentary and Music Video Contest

February 4, 2017 (Saturday)
1:00 PM: Screening of Finalists Sinulog Short Film Festival @ SM City Cebu
6:00 PM: Awarding Ceremonies Photo Contest, Short Film and Video Documentary Contest @ SM City Cebu

February 4–13, 2017
Photo Exhibit “Winning Photos Sinulog 2017″ @ SM City Cebu



Main photo via Shutterstock

comments powered by Disqus


Get the freshest property listings, latest news, and top real estate tips delivered straight to your inbox!