The Sinulog Festival was first organized in 1980. Back then life was simple. No littering, no temptation to do some nasty things you aren’t supposed to do if you’re not married (if you know what I mean) and no extremely loud parties in Mango. It was just a physical demonstration of 7 universities in Cebu. Since then it evolved to what we know today.
So here are some old timey wimey photos that we’ve dug up from the Sinulog Foundation’s archive.
Let’s start from 1982. No social media to advertise the event, just newspapers, radio and television.
Sinulog Festival in 1986. The queen actually has a leading man.
The Sinulog dance in 1987.
More from 1987. The contingents are quite older compared to now.
Gaisano advertisement in 1987.
Sinulog 1987: When Lapu-Lapu still participates the festival.
Sinulog 1987 contingent: Creepy face!
Before the pageant was called Miss Cebu, it was Miss Sinulog.
Ah, that 80s hairdo. Who do you think won this year?
Sinulog 1989: Which street is this?
A glimpse of Sinulog in 1997. That stunt!
Here’s 1998 edition. The stunt has leveled up!
Picture was taken last 2001 at Basilica Del Santo Niño where the people are probably singing “Bato Balani”.
Sinulog has a very humble beginning so it’s amazing how big the festival has become now.