Monday, January 20, 2020

Sinulog Festival Dance Performance- Viva Pit Señor!


Earlier this morning my daughter and her classmates performed their dance presentation along with the other groups. I assisted her with the costume which is a little elaborate and needs assistance. Their dance is the Sinulog Festival dance and to give you a hint of what the festival means please check the description below.


The Sinulog-Santo Niño Festival is an annual cultural and religious festival held on the third Sunday of January in Cebu City and is the center of the Santo Niño Catholic celebrations in the Philippines.
The festival is considered to be the first of most popular festivals in the Philippines, with every celebration of the festival routinely attracting around 1 to 2 million people from all over the Philippines every year. Aside from the religious aspect of the festival, Sinulog is also famous for its street parties, usually happening at night before and on the night of the main festival.
Other places like Kabankalan City, Maasin City, Balingasag Misamis Oriental, Cagayan de Oro City, Butuan City, and Pagadian City also have their own version of the festival in honor of Santo Niño.
The word Sinulog comes from the Cebuano adverb sulog which roughly means "like Water current movement;" it describes the forward-backward movement of the Sinulog dance. The dance consists of two steps forward and one step backward, done to the sound of drums. 
This event is frequently used as basis for most Sinulog dances, which dramatize the coming of the Spaniards and the presentation of the Santo Niño to the Queen. A popular theme among Sinulog dances is Queen Juana holding the Santo Niño in her arms and using it to bless her people who were often afflicted with sickness believed to be caused by demons and other evil spirits.


4 comments:

  1. I love learning about other cultures and their festivals. This was very interesting and educational for me. The costumes are lovely.

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  2. Beautiful...so much fun to experience different cultural traditions especially when children are involved!!

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  3. Dances in festivals depicts one's tradition, this is such an inspiring effort of the students kudos!

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  4. I have never been and experienced Sinulog, but I've always wanted to. Two years ago I had a tickt to see Dinagsa in Negros City, but I had to cancel my trip cus of an emergency. Hopefully, I get to go next year.

    My friends said you ought to experience Sinulog, at least once.

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