When is the best time of the year to visit Cebu? I’m sure this is the first questions we always like to ask ourselves every time we wanted to visit somewhere to make the most of our visit memorable. The winter months are the best time to travel from the US as it is the lowest season in our country. But if you wanted to go around the Festival happens I suggest you book early in advance to get the cheapest airfare and the best flight as I remember a year in advance but during February 3-6 months in advance is fine. The weather in Cebu stays cool and warm all year long, and they only have two seasons in the country. Cebu weather varies from other areas in the Philippines a little bit and some months can be very hot. March to June is their summer season and it can be sweltering during these months a lot of public schools close and locals enjoys to go to the beach most of the time highs range from 91.6°F (33.1°C) and 87.2°F (30.7°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat familiar with 4 to 8 days of significant precipitation per month, and during this time of the year, the international tourist is slow and might be the perfect time to visit; however, I want to remind you that it can be sweltering and very humid during this months. July to Octoberis the wet seasons it means you’ll experience more rain during these months but still enjoyable to visit this is the lowest seasons in tourism and finding lodging around the province is easy and cheaper if you happen to visit during this time of year. The most precipitation with 9 to 13 days of rainfall per month and the temperature is quite warm compared to March to June. November to Februarycan be the perfect time to visit as the weather can be warm and cool. The average high during this season is between 87.8°F (31°C) and 84.5°F (29.2°C) On average, it rains a fair amount of 6 to 11 times per month but I might warn others that sometimes the Philippines as a whole usually get typhoons around November and December it’s one thing to consider too. My favorite is the winter months January and February as the weather can be perfect, not rainy and not too hot. I usually go home around this year as it is ideal weather in Cebu while it’s the coldest month in Rochester New York during February. These times of year are the busiest with tourists especially the month of January as the locals celebrate the Sinulog Festival. If you’re interested to know about the festival, read more about it below as I described them on what’s happening during this event.
Cebu is the “Queen City Of The South”it’s the heart of the Philippines. Cebu has the oldest and second most important city in the country. Is one of the top priority of tourist because of its world-class beach resorts and diving spots? Cebu’s tourist destinations and attraction will be in both north and south of Metro Cebu. They have their own international and shipping port. It also has export processing zones that help boost up the economy of the country.
Welcoming the Balikbayans and Guests with our National dress
This is how they welcome everyone at the airport.
One of the biggest festivals in the country is in Cebu. We called it the Sinulog Festival, which is famous because of its colorful costumes and street dancing. They celebrate the Sinulog Festival every third Sunday of January. Different tribes are wearing beautiful, exotic and colorful dresses and celebrating the religious festival with the image infant Jesus. These tribes are singing and dancing in the streets from morning to evening.
Cebu is the first leg of our Asian trip. We arrived in the middle of the night and our place packed with travelers from South Korea. The immigration process went well, but we had to wait for our luggage as long as expected.
I got my lei
Our trip didn’t go as well as I expected. That’s probably because my daughter is a perfect traveler, but my son turned out to be the opposite. I am a Filipina they need to learn to get used to it as they need to see our family in the Philippines too.
We stayed in the Philippines for six nights and were able to witness the Sinulog Festival, which is one of the reasons why I went home during this time of year. I’ve been here in the USA since the year 2007, and I was afraid I wouldn’t get back home to the Philippines to witness the miraculous image of the Sto. Nino.
We’re trying to keep ourselves awake just for Sinulog!
I was also thinking, it would be perfect for us to go home. While my children are still young and missing a few weeks of school won’t be as serious as when they are older. My children were only 4-year-old and 1-year-old. I’m delighted that I was able to fulfill my promise to Sto. Nino to bring my whole family to the festival.
Why should you visit Cebu during the Sinulog Festival?
It will make you understand the history, culture, and tradition.
You’ll be able to witness one of the biggest festivals in the country.
As a traveler, you’ll be able to celebrate and enjoy it with the local.
If you love to party and enjoy the crowd, this is the best time to visit Cebu. Although you still experience some other calendar years as every month, there is always a fiesta.
Sinulog is one of the most enjoyable celebrations in Cebu aside from Christmas and New Year.
They do have Novena or mass in honor of the Sto Nino daily before the Festival
We have a fluvial parade and Solemn procession
Watch talented Cebuanos and or Filipinos perform
My family watched street dancing wearing their colorful cultural costumes
There is a street party anywhere in Cebu City. Some smaller towns celebrate Sinulog if they have the same fiesta.
The Department of Tourism welcomes the Balikbayans or Filipinos right at the airport. The Tourism personnel wears their beautiful Filipiniana costume showing their pride.
Visitors who visit the place will enjoy their visit from the moment they land in Cebu. They welcome and offer lei and delicious drinks sometimes.
It’s a religious devotion to us Cebuanos but all Filipinos.
There are performances, puppets, giants, face paints, and tattoos, celebrity viewing and fireworks.
Food party is part of the celebration too. Filipinos are one of the people around the world who always offer food to their visitors. So yes! It can’t be amiss.
We watch fireworks
I ate street food ngohiong, steam rice, longganisa ( it’s rice put inside the coconut leaves before they cook it)
We were able to watch them perform at the Cebu City Sports Center, and it was fabulous. It was my first time to experience to watch the performance at the Sports Center. It was lovely, and I was so happy and proud to be able to do it with my own family my children, and hubby.
We're a family who wants to see the other parts of the city and other side of the world we live in. We enjoy seeing places, learning history, culture and experience other traditions and to taste some delicacies. We love to collect souvenirs and monies from the places we visited. It doesn't matter how cheap or expensive the souvenirs as long as it says something about the place and remind us what the place is all about! We created this page to entice other families to travel and share our experiences along the way. To help guide other family travelers who were not able to see the places we've been to yet! May our journey will be your guide and inspiration to your journey as well.
April Key Rode
New York, USA
April Key Rode is a Bachelor graduate of Hospitality and Tourism Management. One of the researchers in Tabuelan "As An Eco-Tourism Destination." She loves to do research, writing, cross-stitching and dancing. Her favorite sports are badminton, biking, soccer, basketball, and bowling. She is a mother of two, and she loves traveling with her own family and friends.