January 4, 2020
Scholars to tackle precolonial roots of Sinulog dance
A Tausug Islamic scholar and a Cebu historian will discuss the origins of the Sinulog in a free admission event, “Retracing Sinulog (A forum on the precolonial roots of the Sinulog dance)” on January 14, 2020 from 2:00PM-5:00PM at Palm Grass Hotel’s Hawanan Tres de Abril.
Prof. Darwin Absari of the University of the Philippines-Diliman Institute of Islamic Studies will discuss highlights of the Sulu Empire in the 1400s and the Tausug influence in the arts, culture and indigenous spirituality in the islands.
University of San Carlos Professor, Dr. Jobers Bersales, for his part, will talk on “Precolonial Cebuanos’ religious beliefs and the origin of the Sinulog dance”.
Palm Grass The Cebu Heritage Hotel ventures into tracing Sinulog roots as National Artist Dr. Resil Mojares mentions in his books that before the 20th century, Sinulog referred to Sulu: the Sulu current, the traditional Muslim war dance in Sulu and to the 17th-century dress of the Sulu women.
A short video on this topic will also be screened. The video is created by Hong Kong-based Social Communications Asia content creator and communications specialist Prospero Laput.
A video and live performance of an interpretation of the Precolonial Sinulog Dance by Bag-ong Teatro Junquera will also be shown.
Palm Grass, as a heritage hotel and hotel-museum, vigorously promotes Cebu cultural heritage by featuring more activities in the coming months such as performances of Bag-ong Teatro Junquera and Junquera St. Children’s Choir, releasing a duet by Cebu young music artists, and launching of a children’s storybook on Cebu hero Leon Kilat.
Mary Claire Fernandez
Marketing and Events Associate
Palm Grass The Cebu Heritage Hotel
68 Gen. Junquera St., Brgy. Kalubihan, Cebu City