Saturday, January 19, 2008

Viva Senor Sto. Nino!!!!!

Pit Senor!!!

Today is the Sinulog festival in Cebu where I'm from. I really miss the festival cause this is my first time that I'm not there to celebrate. The Sinulog is an annual festival held on the third Sunday of January in Cebu City, Philippines. The festival honors the child Jesus, known as the Santo Niño, patron of the province of Cebu. It is a dance ritual that commemorates the Filipino people's pagan past and their acceptance of Christianity.

The festival features a street parade with participants in bright-colored costumes dancing to the rhythm of drums, trumpets, and native gongs. Smaller versions of the festival are held in various parts of the province, also to celebrate and honor the Santo Niño. There is also a "Sinulog sa Kabataan", performed by the youths of Cebu a week before the grand parade.

Recently, the festival has been promoted as a tourist attraction, with a contest featuring contingents from various parts of the country. The Sinulog Contest is usually held in the Cebu City Sports Complex.

The word Sinulog comes from the Cebuano adverb sulog which is "like water current movement," which 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. The dance is categorized into Sinulog-base, Free-Interpretation. Candle vendors at the Basilica continue to perform the traditional version of the dance when lighting a candle for the customer, usually accompanied by songs in the native language.

I really miss dancing Sinulog. Right now since I could not be there to celebrate I'm still happy and after writing this blog my hubby and I will dance Sinulog here in the house. I will teach him the simple dance steps.

PIT SENOR to all Cebaunos!!!!!!!!Enjoy dancing while watching this video.


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At January 24, 2008 at 5:30 AM, Blogger Jeanne said...

Cebu...this place i heard so many times from my friend, she come from cebu, now living in Germany :)


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