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
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
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
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 www.rafi.org.ph or www.facebook.com/rafi.org.ph.