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As an affirmation of the Cebuanos cultural identity and religiosity, The Sinulog 2020 shall again bring to life the color, pageantry, tradition and essence of giving homage to Señor Sto. Niño.

  1. The competition is open to all and shall highlight the theme “”40 Years of Dancing for the Faith.”
  2. Registrations start on December 1, 2019 and shall end on January 15, 2020.
  3. In order to qualify as a valid contest category, the total entry shall reach ten (10) competitors. Should there be less than ten (10) registered competitors, the contest category shall be deemed “No Contest”. Cash prizes and trophies shall revert back to the Foundation.
  4. The composition of the contingent shall be within the minimum of sixty (60) and a maximum of one hundred (100) dancers. An excess of one or two dancers shall merit a 3-point deduction from the total score.
  5. A minimum of thirty (30) and a maximum of fifty (50) instrumentalists shall accompany the dancers. As part of the contingent, they must be in attire consistent to their theme.
  6. One support vehicle shall be allowed per contingent/float. Support staff for each contingent/float shall be limited to twenty-five (25).
  7. All hand props shall be carried by the dancers all throughout the parade route.
  8. Backdrops shall be within the 10-12 feet height and 25-40 meter width. These shall be allowed on stage however no contingent shall leave props, backdrops, etc. at the back of the stage and premises of the Cebu City Sports Center. Violation of this guideline will merit twenty (20) points deduction from the total score.
  9. The use of wheels in the street and stage shall be allowed however guideline no. 8 will still be followed.
  10. Appropriate footwear consistent to the theme/motif shall be used by all the participants.
  11. Live musical or percussion accompaniment must be used. Canned/taped music is not allowed.
  12. Music from instruments such as electronic guitars, piano, organ, electronic drum sets, and all other electronic instruments are allowed as long as they can setup within the given time.
  13. Using live animals is not allowed.
  14. Contingents shall be accommodated at designated public schools. Accommodations starts on Wednesday, January 15, Contingents shall bring their own sleeping gears. For reservations, contact the Sinulog Office at 253-3700.
  15. Local transportation shall be provided however, boat/bus fare and meals shall be shouldered by the contingent.
  16. All major prize winners in the Grand Parade contest categories are obliged as a condition precedent to perform during the awarding ceremonies on Monday, January 20, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. in the Cebu City Sports Center.
  17. The decision of the Sinulog Board of Judges in any contest category shall be final and non-appealable. Questions or clarifications will not be entertained after the announcement of winners.
  18. In absolutely no way shall a representative of a participant or contingent contact, in any way or manner, any judge before and after the competition.
  19. In order to preserve the non-political, democratic, and ecumenical objectives of Sinulog, participants are prohibited from exhibiting or manifesting acts or gestures offensive to any aggrupation or groups and movements. In the event of any violation of this rule, the committee reserves the right to disallow the offending contingent to continue further its participation in the parade.
  20. To avoid public disturbance during the parade, spectators are urged from indulging in excessive drinking of alcoholic drinks that may cause them to molest parade participants and spectators. Violators shall be dealt with by the members of the Cebu Police Department and Barangay Tanods in the parade route.
  21. Merry-makers during the parade are prohibited from smudging and wiping facial make-up, black substance, and the like. This act will cause fights and/or street brawls that may scare our devotees, as well as local and foreign tourist. Violators shall be dealt with by the Cebu Police Department and Barangay Tanods in the parade route.
  22. As host, the Cebu City Government will perform as guest contingent and will head the parade. Other guest contingents will follow thereafter however, they must register to ensure their places in the parade route. All guest contingents shall follow strictly set guidelines, particularly the time allotment of five (5) minutes.
  23. Head of contingents shall submit the list of dancers, instrumentalists and support staff to the Secretariat Office for insurance requirements.
  24. Cleanliness is a MUST in all living quarters and the surrounding environment. Garbage must be properly disposed in TRASH BAGS. The Sinulog Foundation, Inc. will make rounds to ensure that cleanliness and sanitation are properly implemented.
  25. Contingents must deposit their set props at their respective designated areas on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 9:00 p.m. along Osmena Blvd. fronting Cebu Normal University. Cut-off for the positioning of set props is at 4:00 a.m. of January 19, 2020 (Sinulog Day). Violation of this provision will earn the erring contingent a 5-point deduction. Contingents are enjoined to coordinate with the Sinulog In-Charge for set props.
  26. For float participants, throwing of merchandise items during the parade is not allowed. Violation of this rule will be dealt with accordingly. The violating contingent will be removed from the parade and automatically disqualified from the contest and future Sinulog celebrations.
  27. All contingents are required to provide their own medical team during their practices/rehearsals during the Grand Parade.
  28. Contingents are required to observe cleanliness and proper disposal of garbage.
  29. No smoking and no drinking of any alcoholic beverages must be observed.

Sinulog Foundation, Inc.

Cebu City Sports Center

Osmea Blvd., Cebu City


Cebu City Sinulog Governing Board

SHS-B Batch 1985 Foundation, Inc.

Oakridge Business Park

880 AS Fortuna St., Mandaue City