RAFI Observes Sinug Tradition on Jan. 16

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) invites the public to join in its activities in celebration of the Feast of the Señor Sto. Niño.

On. Jan. 16, at 10 a.m., a forum, “Sinug or Sinulog? A dance offering for Sto. Niño”, will be held at the Bryant George Plenary Hall, Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center, Lopez Jaena St., Cebu City.

The forum, which will feature Dr. Erlinda Alburo, aims 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, 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.

Culture & Heritage is a focus area of RAFI, believing that a confident community begins with a strong sense of identity. Its other focus areas are Integrated Development, Micro-finance & Entrepreneurship, Leadership & Citizenship, and Education.

For more information on the activities on Jan. 16, please contact 418-7234 loc. 703 and look for Karl Hegel Damayo, or visit http://www.rafi.org.ph or http://www.facebook.com/rafi.org.ph.

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