Neri: Around town

The most awaited fiesta celebration is happening this weekend—the feast of Cebu’s beloved Señor Sto. Niño. The Holy Procession is set for Saturday starting at 2 p.m. from the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño while the Sinulog Grand Parade will be on Sunday, Jan. 15, at the South Road Properties (SRP) grounds. Kick off time is 9 a.m. Meanwhile, the selection of Miss Cebu 2023 is set for tonight at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel, at 6 p.m.

Ongoing at The Gallery of Ayala Center Cebu is the Sto. Niño Exhibit which showcases varied Sto. Niño images owned by devotees. This is a yearly undertaking of the Ayala group during Sinulog week.

Over at SM Seaside City Cebu, there is the “Faith, Hope and Charity Exhibit” presented by Cebu Artists Inc. It opened yesterday with 17 participating artists.

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Casa Gorordo Museum (CGM) is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. A series of activities have been lined up by the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (Rafi) to mark the milestone. The launching affair was held at the courtyard of the Casa Gorordo premises with two Aboitiz ladies in attendance—Marian Aboitiz, chairperson of the Dolores Aboitiz Children’s Fund Committee and widow of the late Rafi executive committee member Roberto Aboitiz, and her daughter Amaya Aboitiz Fansler, Rafi president and chief executive officer.

The event also saw the unveiling of the anniversary logo which “shows the number 40 with a foliage inspired by the callados that CGM has come to be known for.” Significance of the logo: It depicts “Rafi’s commitment and unwavering vision and advocacy to promote awareness and conservation of local culture for the past four decades.”

A most interesting part of the afternoon program was the sharing of memories on Casa Gorordo. First off was National Artist for Literature Resil Mojares who gave a brief description of the heritage house and how Rafi acquired it. Amaya Aboitiz Fansler then spoke about art exhibitions and Sinulog activities there that she attended as a child. As for Ruel Rigor, he remembered how his work in heritage had its beginnings in Casa Gorordo; and lastly, the current curator Florencio Moreño recalled how he started out as assistant curator and learned the ropes to become the full-fledged curator of the museum.

Other activities coming up include a Sinulog performance at the CGM garden on Jan. 16; a re-enactment of the Stations of the Cross in April; Gabii Sa Kabilin in May; Sabyag San Juan in June, and many more during the second half of 2023.