Sinulog, a celebration of our devotion to the Senior Sto. Niño, a showcase of the colorful Cebuano culture. It is celebrated every third Sunday of January.
Thousands, even millions, of devotees flock to the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño to grab the chance to express their faith to the holy child. Along with the holistic celebration, Cebuanos and, yes, even those from neighboring provinces participate in one of the most grandiose, colorful, and majestic dance competitions in the archipelago, The Sinulog Grand Parade.
With the feast day of the Holy Child upon us, let us look back and witness the champions of the free interpretation and Sinulog-based categories through the years.
In 2015, Tribu Buyoganon from Abuyog Leyte won the free interpretation category showcasing their "buyog" themed costumes and props. The Kulturang Placereño from Placer, Masbate, took the Sinulog-based category with their hacienda-themed presentation.
Fast forward to 2016, the Land of Beauty and Bounty from Lanao del Norte took the free interpretation category and the Kulturang Placereño retained their spot in the Sinulog-based category.
For 2017, Lanao del Norte made it two years in a row in the free interpretation category while the Tangub City's Sinanduloy Cultural Troupe won in the Sinulog-based category.
In 2018, new champs were crowned as Tribu Kandaya staked the first prize for the free interpretation category. The Carcar City Division owned the Sinulog-based category.
Come 2019, Consolacion's Tribu Malipayon won the free interpretation category and, for the Sinulog-based category, Carcar City Division made it as the first prize winner for two years in a row.
Last year, 2020, Lumad Basakanon of Barangay Basak San Nicolas won in the free interpretation while the Sinanduloy Cultural Troupe of Tangub City, Misamis Occidental, bagged the first prize in the Sinulog-based.
Those were the best of the best in the Sinulog dances through the years.