Original Sinulog continues under the hands of the BEAT keeper’s heirs.
Sinug is a traditional dance-prayer offered to the Santo Niño de Cebu. Its beat and choreography are different from the popular Sinulog street dance seen during the feast of the Holy Child in Cebu every third Sunday of January.
Sinug tradition of Casa Gorordo started at the turn of the 19th century or early 19th century.
In keeping with the traditions of the Gorordo family and the Parian area, the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (RAFI) stages the annual “Sinug sa Casa Gorordo” even when the museum is closed for upgrading.
Built in 1865, Gorordo Museum – a historic house museum that showcases nineteenth-century Cebuano-Filipino lifestyle, was closed last September 20, 2014 to give way for an eight-month upgrading program that will bring the facility to be at par with world-class museology standards.
Believing that the dance ritual is worth preserving for the next generations to witness and experience, RAFI, through its Culture & Heritage Unit has supported efforts to ensure that the Sinug tradition lives on.
The more popular Sinulog and Titang’s Sinug differ in many ways. The original Sinug dance has its own fixed format and unique beat and steps not present in the Sinulog, although both dances pay homage to the Señor Sto. Niño.
Interestingly, Sinug does not have a dancing “reyna” who carries the image of the Senyor in the Sinulog. Instead, the icon is placed at an altar facing the dancers.
The dance narrates the coming of Christianity to the Philippines, the conflict between the locals and the Spaniards and eventual peace between the two forces through the intercession of the Sto. Niño.
The Sinug dancers were traditionally invited by the Gorordo family and other Parian families who wished to pray for the souls of their departed loved ones in this special way, on the Monday after the fiesta of the Senyor.
The Sinug dance is performed by the Turang Dance Troupe from Mabolo, Cebu City. The dancers are led by Carolina Diola and her son Rommel Borja, upon whose shoulders now lie the responsibility of preserving this unique aspect of the Cebuano’s Sinulog heritage.
Titang Diola who died last March 2013 was able to pass her knowledge of the Sinug to her heirs Carolina and Rommel who are now keeping the tradition alive. Nang Titang learned the dance steps when she was seven from her father, Buenaventura ‘Turang’ Diola and was taught the beat by Mariano ‘Iklot’ Bontilao.
While the younger generation celebrates Sinulog by enjoying the modern steps of the beat, let us preserve the traditional way of performing “Sinug”. prititit..boom..boom..boom..prititit..