Hyper Wonderland: The Sinulog Festival 2016 Party You Should Be At

As the years pass, the Sinulog Festival has become associated with many things. For one, the Sinulog Festival is associated with a pious devotion to the child Jesus. The Sinulog Festival is also associated with historical re-enactments, of a preserved tradition of dancing, and of merriment and outrageous partying. Sinulog being associated with outrageous partying has sometimes earned the ire of hardcore religious devotees who dismiss it as celebration unfit for a religious festival. Moreover, the party scene during the Sinulog Festival is just that, partying for the sake of partying. The usual atmosphere we see is booze freely being shared around with one too many folks passing out from being too drunk, scantily clad teenagers gyrating on makeshift stages, the occasional fistfights, people getting wet in the rain or with booze, sometimes getting too wild beyond propriety. The 2016 party scene will be different with an exciting newcomer in the party scene, Hyper Wonderland.

Hyper Wonderland Sinulog Festival 2016
Hyper Wonderland

Lately, the Sinulog Foundation has decided that it had enough of that. So for this year, stricter guidelines are set for establishments who wish to organize parties during the grand Sunday celebration. If news reports were to be believed, no permits for parties along the parade route will be given. That means that parties along Mango Avenue would not be happening. But of course, the usual party base during the Sinulog Festival at Baseline should still happen as this is only adjacent to the parade route and not directly on it. This should also be true for the parties that happened last year at Fooda and the Century Plaza Complex. 

The usual challenge with the usual party venues is that while people truly have fun, these areas usually become too crowded, bringing about legitimate safety and security issues. We hear about ambulances unable to navigate through a sea of people and sometimes even pranked or shaken by party goers. Some years, we hear of the occurrence of stampedes although thankfully none of great casualty count has yet happened. In other years, we were shocked with news of riots breaking out although we can dismiss these incidents as isolated cases of violence.

A group of people recognized all these issues. They believed they can still create the same atmosphere of merriment and rave partying minus the long list of concerns listed above. Enter Hyper Wonderland, an all-in-one party solution where everyone can enjoy.

I was invited to the media launch and press conference of Hyper Wonderland at the BIG Hotel in Mandaue City last 8 February 2016. Present during the event were Hyper Cebu founding chairman Matthew Basabe, JCI Cebu's Timothy Hong, Butch Mateo, Adev Mercado, and Chad Neri, Globe Telecoms' Mike Orio, BT 105.9 Monster Radio's Carly Mae, and Hyper volunteer Arianne Albia. DJ Marlon Orellano of Xystem DJ wasn't able to make it to the media launch. The media launch and press conference was hosted by Hyper Wonderland marketing and communications head Alex Bajarias. I'd like to share to my blog's readers what Hyper Wonderland is all about.

Hyper Wonderland Sinulog Festival 2016
Hyper Wonderland Media Launch

What Is Hyper Wonderland? -The Concept

The concept of the Hyper Wonderland do not veer too far away from the concept of the usual Sinulog party atmosphere: jungle-themed, neon lights, black lights, wet and wild. But more than just the party atmosphere, Hyper Wonderland aims to cater to a wider audience of not just the party goers but also the family-oriented, the bazaar bargain hunters, the foodies, and just about anyone. Having this in mind, Hyper Wonderland organizers made the event a rave party, a music festival, a food festival, a lifestyle and fashion bazaar, a bloggers' meet, and a charity event all in one. The beneficiary for the proceeds of ticket sales and other revenue streams of Hyper Wonderland will be Dancesport Team Cebu City's grassroots program. Dancesport Team Cebu City have been very successful in its grassroots program wherein they train students from public schools and the community to become world class talents in the global arena of dancesports.

Who Is Organizing Hyper Wonderland?

Hyper Cebu is the main organizer of Hyper Wonderland. Hyper Cebu is a lifestyle and events brand that highlights the Cebuano's passion in seven (7) areas namely food, fashion, music, technology, travel, fitness, and leadership. It is run by volunteers composing mainly of the Cebu-based members of the Junior Chamber International (or Jaycees). Hyper Cebu's thrust in creating events is to highlight the skills and talents of Cebuanos. Hyper Cebu's events is also an avenue for volunteers to develop and practice their leadership skills, particularly specific skills in events organizing. Training of volunteers is done through the A Leadership Program for Hyper Advocates or ALPHA. Moreover, Hyper Cebu's events always doubles as charity events as Hyper Cebu is not a for profit organization but is designed so that proceeds are given back to the community. Hyper Cebu is on social media and should you wish to connect with them, you may do so through the Hyper Cebu Facebook and Instagram (@hypercebu).

Hyper Wonderland Sinulog Festival 2016 volunteers
Hyper Cebu volunteers

Several brands have also rallied behind the cause of Hyper Cebu and have extended their help for Hyper Wonderland. Lending their support for Hyper Wonderland during the Sinulog Festival 2016 are Bacardi, Red Bull, Travelbee Budget Inns and Hotels, Grey Goose Vodka, BT 105.9 Monster Radio, Versa.ph, Epic Festival Solutions, and BIG Hotel. Hyper Wonderland is co-presented by the Junior Chamber International Cebu and Globe Telecoms.

A Brief History of Hyper 

Hyper Cebu is an idea broached over a coffeeshop meeting, according to Matthew Basabe, the brains behind the concept. The first #HyperCebu happened at the Baseline Complex on 29 May 2014 and attended by around 3,800 people. #HyperHalloween was done at Parkmall in Mandaue City on October 2014 with 5,600 people attending. The #HyperAfterParty attended by 6,500 was also done during the Parkmall anniversary sale of November 2014. City Times Square in Mandaue City hosted the #HyperCebu 2.0 attended by a crowd of around 8,900. Hyper Wonderland will be the first Hyper Cebu event done during the Sinulog Festival.

What Is Hyper Wonderland? -The Specifics

Hyper Wonderland will happen on 17 January 2016 from 2 p.m. onwards at the Vibo Place along N. Escario Street in Capitol Site, Cebu City, Philippines. Vibo Place is right across the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish Church (better known as Capitol Parish) and on the compound where Cebu Grand Hotel is located. The Vibo Place has 8,000 square meters of open space. Half of the open space will be the dedicated party area while the other half will be the designated parking area.

Ticket Information

General Admission (GA) tickets to the event is pegged at PhP 350 and includes one (1) free drink. When it comes with the Epic Sinulog Kit and one (1) free drink, the GA ticket will cost PhP 850. VIP tickets are priced at PhP 1,500 and already comes with a free drink and an Epic Sinulog Kit. Without the Epic Sinulog Kit, VIP tickets cost PhP 1,000 only. The Epic Sinulog Kit contains a black or white Epic Sinulog shirt, an Epic sticker, poster paint, a whistle with sling, a resealable pouch, an Epic brochure that also serves as a discount booklet, and an Epic rave bag.

The Epic festival guide brochure includes discount coupons from Jango Cafe (50%), Citigym, Ayer Lechon (5%), Surfin' Ribs, Pizza Republic, STR^IGHTFORW>RD (10%), TUF (10%), Fujinoya (10%), Coffee Prince (10%), and Tazza (15%).

For those who wish to take their party experience to a higher level, they can avail of the VIP Huts at PhP 28,000. Inclusions of the VIP Huts are ten (10) VIP tickets, Ten (10) Epic Sinulog Kits, Ten (10) chairs, VIP carpark sticker, party cups, a beer pong table, and a lot of booze aside from the exclusive hut during the party.

For ticket reservations, one may dial 0917 318 7622 and look for Hyper Adam. You may also purchase your tickets directly at Red Mango at the Ayala Center Cebu, Fridays to Sundays from 1 to 8 p.m.

Who's Playing?

Established DJ's and up and coming music spinners who will grace the #HyperWonderland Sinulog Festival 2016 event are Mars Miranda, Deuce Manila, John Bosque, Elmer Dado and Grupo Tribale, Callum David, Polky and Elaine, Marlon Orellano, Victor Jao, Joachim Giacobbe, Lee Dustin, Toffi Jamiro, Kirby Yu, Renzo Senining and many more.

Connect on Social Media

At the #HyperWonderland Sinulog 2016 Facebook events page, a total of 2,900+ have already confirmed their attendance to the event while another 4,700+ expressed interest as of posting time. To connect with Hyper Wonderland organizers, check the Hyper Cebu social media accounts in Facebook  and Instagram (@hypercebu).