Sinulog in Cebu 2008

History of Sinulog

SINULOG is a pageantry of faith, a festival held in honor of the Santo Nino that celebrates the origin of the island of Cebu. Sinulog is a dance ritual in honour of the miraculous image of the Santo Niño. The dance moves two steps forward and one step backward to the sound of the drums. This movement resembles the current (Sulog) of what was known as Cebu’s Pahina River. Thus, in Cebuano, it is known as Sinulog.

Historians say that Sinulog, which is of pagan origin is the link between the country’s pagan past and its Christian present. Historical accounts say that before Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan came to Cebu on 7th April 1521 to plant the cross on its shore and claim the country for the King of Spain, Sinulog was already danced by the natives in honor of their wooden idols and anitos.
The Spanish conquistadores came and introduced Christianity. Magellan gave the Santo Niño (image of the Child Jesus) as baptismal gift to Hara Amihan, wife of Cebu’s Rajah Humabon who was later named Queen Juana. At that time, not only the rulers were baptized but also about 800 of their subjects. Unfortunately , shortly after the conversion, Magellan went into reckless adventure by fighting the reigning ruler of Mactan, Rajah Lapu-lapu, with only a handful of men. He died in the encounter. That was on April 27, 1521.

     “Sinug” is the Grand Prize Winner of Sinulog 2008 Short Film Festival. It also bagged the awards for Best in Editing and Best in Production Design while nominated in 2 other minor awards – Best in Sound Engineering and Musical Scoring and Best Director.

This 10-minute video is a documentary of an evolution – Sinulog beat and dance.The production team, Maridel Delegencia-Producer, Lyjunna Rosauro-Writer with 8thumbs (John Vincent Labata, Idden Harris Delos Reyes, Remton Zuasola and John Darcy Arguedo), John Rey Tanhusay-cameraman, Arnel Zuasola-production staff, took almost 1 month to create this piece. Half of the shoots were conducted at the 8thumbs studio in Talamban, Cebu City, Philippines.
“Sinug” is a look-back of the Mother of all Festivals. The historical trace was supported by the Father of Sinulog Mr. David Odilao, Jr., multi-awarded choroegrapher Mr. Mych Gonzalez and the person who is considered to be the only key to old Sinulog, Estelita “Inday Titang” Diola. With a historical content, the production team decided to pair it with modern and up-beat presentation. Please watch the video below:

     “Motion in Colours” 4th out of 27 entries in this year’s Sinulog Film Festival. This got best cinematography though and was nominated for best editing.
It was my first time to attend this event. And it was really hot in the morning and it rained in the afternoon. Angelo and I thought that making this was a good way to exercise our small brains while we’re not yet doing anything in school, so that’s the main reason why we tried putting this together.Please watch the video below:

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