Sinulog is a dance ritual in honor of the miraculous image of the Santo Niño. The dance is performed to seek help from the Santo Niño and to thank Him for favors and blessings received.
Through the years since 1521, the dance was a small ritual danced by a few in front of the Santo Niño. Only the candle vendors could be seen dancing the Sinulog and making offering. It was not until 1980 when the then Director of the Ministry of Sports and Youth Development, David S. Odilao Jr., organized the first ever Sinulog parade. It was just a small parade which went just around the Basilica which caught the attention of the city government and the rest as we say is history which made Sinulog the country's biggest spectacle.