Book on the traditional ‘Sinulog’ dance launched

A BOOK on the historical background and context of the traditional Sinulog dance was released on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023.

The book, entitled “Monograph on Culture and Heritage 2023,” focused on the traditional “Sinug” or the dance dedicated to the Sto. Niño.

Professor Ceasar Nimor, author of the book, said the monograph contains the historical background and context of the Sinulog dance and is one of the first books to be published that focuses on the intricacies and history of the Sinulog dance.

Nimor, who has over 18 years of experience as a professional choreographer and 10 years as an artistic director for musical productions, said he had early exposure to the Sinulog dances, yet there were no scholarly texts or in-depth information about Cebu’s Sinulog.

“Na-expose na ko sa Sinulog daan, but then there’s no article regarding sa Sinulog sa Cebu, except that duna na’y Sinurog, or Sinulog, sa libro ni Aquino and also ni Fajardo, sa Dances of the Philippines na na-publish, but it’s not from Cebu,” Nimor said.

(I was already exposed to the Sinulog, but there are no articles regarding Cebu’s Sinulog, except that there was Sinurog or Sinulog mentioned in the books of Aquino and Fajardo, in Dances of the Philippines that was published, but not from Cebu.)

He added that the monograph is very important to Cebuanos and the Philippines, as it contextualizes the cultural celebration.

“It’s very important... some are not really into the different explanations kung unsa’y origin ana (on where it originated). Duha diay na ka Sinulog (There are two Sinulog). There’s the votive and there’s the combat, and then ni-evolve (it evolved) into the Sinulog Festival that we have right now,” Nimor added.

Nimor said he remains hopeful that future generations will continue passing on the traditional Sinulog dance and do away with commercialization.

Nimor’s book was officially launched on Monday through the efforts of the Kabilin Center and the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.

Copies of the book are available for sale at the Casa Gorordo Museum shop and the CGM booth at SM City Cebu until Jan. 31.