82-year-old preserves original beat

BEFORE becoming the festival it is today, the Sinulog, which comes from the word “sinug,” was a simple ritual dance that originated in the pre-Hispanic period.

In a bid to help preserve this ritual dance, the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (Rafi) held yesterday the “Sinug sa Casa Gorordo,” an annual event that features the oldest sinug dancer, Estelita “Titang” Diola.

Before an image of the Santo Niño, the 82-year-old dancer, together with the group she trained, performed the sinug ritual dance, which consists of two steps forward and one step backward.

Diola, a known sinug dancer in the 1940s and 1950s, also played the original sinulog beat using the drum she inherited from her father.

Her group, composed mostly of young dancers, also performed the ritual dance last Sunday at the Basilica, where newly installed Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma said mass. (more)

One comment

  1. arnold says:

    i was here….hehehe

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