|Gasoline (1 liter)||$1.19|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) in city centre||$423.04|
|Tennis court rent (1 hour on weekend)||$3.04|
|Mid range bottle of wine||$7.97|
|Water bottle (1.5 liter)||$0.60|
|Imported beer at restaurant||$2.16|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) outside of centre||$182.79|
|Combo meal at McDonalds||$2.85|
Cebu City is the oldest city in the Philippines. It was the first seat of Spanish colonial government in Visayas region.. It was the first island in the Philippines to embrace Christianity and the Catholic Religion. It is the host city to the famous "Sinulog", a festival held in commemorating the finding of the Image of Santo .Nino (Child Jesus).
The Sinulog Festival is Cebu's biggest attractions. The festival is held in the third week of January. Sinulog Parade showcases colorful floats and young men and women clad in their colorful Filipiniana dresses. Each barangay or Poblacion has their own representation in the Sinulog parade. Beautiful young girls paraded carrying the image of Senyor Santo Nino dancing to the lively music. The streets are filled with colorful and beautiful decorations and plays host to the vibrant parade.
During the Sinulog festival, cheap flights to Cebu easily sold out. If you want to attend and witness the colorful and merry fiesta, you must book in advance. Some tour agencies offer "Sinulog Package" with free accommodation in some five-star hotels in Cebu. Before the festival, there are street's games for the entire local and foreign tourists to enjoy. You can join the "Palo Sebo" game, a contest of climbing a long greased bamboo pole with a bag of prize attached on top of the pole. There is also the pig's game where a dozen piglets have to be caught with bare hands while running around a muddy enclosure. The festival lasted until the evening where street party begun as soon as the sun sets. You’ll have a heyday capturing images of fun and actual glimpses of life and of people.
If you want to enjoy the whole Sinulog festival, you must book weeks before the festival day. There is a budget local airline that offers cheap flights to Cebu called "The Sinulog Piso Fare" You pay the lowest airfare which is as low as One Peso however in order to avail this promo you have to buy the ticket at least 4 weeks before the Festival. The long wait is worth it as there are no other festivities like Cebu's Sinulog Festival.