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RAFI keeps Cebuano tradition alive in Sinug

Last January 18, the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI), through its Culture & Heritage Unit, invited the Turang Dance Troupe of Brgy. Mabolo, Cebu City to perform at the annual Sinug sa Casa Gorordo event, which was once again staged outside the RAFI-Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center building.

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The Sinug traditional prayer dance is an intangible Cebuano heritage that is predecessor to the more popular Sinulog.

During the dance, local and foreign visitors were asked to write the names of their loved ones on pieces of paper, which were read as part of the dance prayer, reliving an honored Cebuano tradition.

Unlike the more popular Sinulog, however, the Sinug dance has its own fixed format, unique beat and steps, and concept that narrate the coming of Christianity in the Philippines. It also does not have a dancing Reyna carrying the image of the Holy Child, but instead has it on an altar facing the dancers.

The Sinug is one of the Gorordo family’s house traditions that are being preserved by RAFI after the latter took ownership of the prominent Cebuano family’s Parian house and converted it into a museum.

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RELIVING THE STORY. The Sinug shows the conflict between native Filipinos and the Spaniards and their eventual unity in praising the Holy Child. The dance prayer is one of the house traditions of Casa Gorordo, which the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation continues to preserve.