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Many people will know that the Philippines is a deeply religious country. So, no surprise that we arrived in Cebu during a religious festival. However, contrary to what I expected would be a solemn event, I was introduced to the Philippines equivalent of the Carnival of Brazil - SINULOG!

The Sinulog festival honours Santo Nino (the Holy Child) and is a huge celebration for the people of Cebu. The festival is defined by it's grand parade where there are floats, bands and dancers dressed up in very elaborate costumes where everyone from the very young to the more senior folks participate. At the same time, I should note that during this festival there is mass on the hour EVERY hour. We ended up catching part of the outdoor mass when we arrived and it was PACKED. It even rained that day but I can assure you, even rain won't keep the people away.

Due to the popularity of this event, plane tickets and hotels are booked months in advance so I feel fortunate that I was able to participate in such an important festival.

While touring the city, we also had an opportunity to visit the Magellan Cross and the miraculous statue of Santo Nino where the lineup was what you would see at a Justin Bieber autograph session. They even had red cross stations set up!

After a full day of walking in the rain, we decided to stay in the hotel for the evening where we enjoyed the hotel amenities and treated ourselves to an amazing dinner and a $15 one hour full body massage and foot detox. Now that's what I call a vacation :)

Although we didn't get to venture far from the city and enjoy the beaches that Cebu is known for, I had an amazing time and will definitely be back.

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