The Sinulog Festival is one of the most awaited events in Cebu by residents, visitors, and, of course, hotels. Hundreds of thousands of people normally visit Cebu to get into the Sinulog experience. Due to this, hotels and resorts normally have no rooms available during the Sinulog weekend. This also means room rates can double during the event, especially for hotels close to the parade route. If your budget is limited, it may be advisable to look for hostels relatively far from the parade route. You can check some hostels located in the Mabolo or Lahug area. While these are somewhat far from the parade route, they are relatively cheaper than the hotels located close to the route.
All of the restaurants along the parade route will be filled to the brim once lunch starts during the Sinulog Grand Parade. It may be a small miracle for you to be able to find a seat in these places. Due to this, it may be necessary to find other options in case the restaurants close to the route are full. There are actually a lot of small eateries within walking distance from the parade route. All you need to do is to check them out prior to the event. There are some located along Gorordo Avenue, Osmeña Boulevard on the way to the Cebu Provincial Capitol, and along Ramos Street.
Once you find a good place to watch the performances, you may lose the space if you go out for a snack. This makes it important to bring a biscuit or fruit to tide you over. Since the contingents also take a break for lunch, you can use this time to go to the place you scouted earlier to take your lunch. But, a pack of Peanut Browas, Toasted Mini Mamons, or Butterscotch will keep you from becoming famished while waiting for the chance to have a full meal.
If you are not keen on bringing an umbrella to the event, you may want to consider wearing sunblock. While the past few years saw rain coming down during the grand parade, there were instances when the sun was out in its full glory. You may not want to look burnt to a crisp when you go back to work after your short vacation. This makes sunblock one of the essentials you should have. Aside from keeping your skin from turning dark, it also protects you from the harmful UV rays from the sun.
The Sinulog Festival is one of the few times when people have fun in Cebu. You should also join in and enjoy your stay in Cebu during the event. But, even as you have fun, always remember not to let your guard down. Even as there will be thousands of police officers and barangay tanods guarding the event, it still pays to be aware of everything around you while you are enjoying the Sinulog experience in Cebu.
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