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PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 12, 2012


NGO observes Sinug tradition on Jan. 16

CEBU CITY, Jan 12 (PIA) -- A Cebu-based non-government organization invites the public to a celebration of the traditional "Sinug" the Feast of the Señor Sto. Niño.

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation will hold a forum on Jan. 16, at 10 a.m. on the traditional way that the the celebration is called-- “Sinug or Sinulog? A dance offering for Sto. Niño” that will be held at the Bryant George Plenary Hall, Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center, Lopez Jaena St., Cebu City.

The forum will guest Dr. Erlinda Alburo, a noted Cebuano historian to discuss and resolve the usage of the two popular linguistic references to the Cebuano dance and festival in honor of Señor Sto. Niño—the sinug and sinulog.

On the same day, at 3 p.m., the annual “Sinug sa Casa Gorordo” will be performed by Estelita “Nang Titang” Diola and her dancers.

Nang Titang, 87, the keeper of the sinug dance and beat has been doing the ritual since she was a child. It is believed that the sinug is the precursor of what may have been a remnant of an indigenous dance practiced by early Cebuanos.

The dancers will be wearing costumes that resemble the original outfits of the natives and the Spaniards.

Sinug sa Casa Gorordo is a house tradition of the Gorordo family that has been continued by RAFI as part of its commitment to preserve the house traditions in its original form.

These two activities on Jan. 16 intend to foster the awareness of Cebuano cultural heritage and history among the local and international community.

An exhibit of the sinug is also displayed at the prayer room of the Casa Gorordo Museum starting Jan. 10. The exhibit traces the rich history of the Sinulog before it became the huge festival it is today. It will be open to the public until the end of January. (PIA-7/Minerva BC Newman)

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