When I first started the podcast, it was an excellent avenue to help listeners learn from other people. Most of the interviews in the beginning were about trying to extract knowledge from guests, but later on, I realized that the podcast was a perfect way to share a piece of our history.
I approached my interview with Ceasar Nimor with the hope of learning something new about our culture. He was one of the original dancers of Sinulog, and on top of that, has dedicated much of his life to the study of Philippine folk dance. This allowed a unique perspective on the festival which we all know and love, Sinulog. I’ve always wondered how Sinulog started, what was the inspiration for it, and how our ancient traditions somehow melded into Filipino Catholicism.
In this episode, we talked about the origins of Sinulog, the stories of what the dance means, how our ancient traditions continue to show today, and how our culture is important.
Enjoy the episode!
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This episode is brought to you by Qube Gallery — a progressive art space in Cebu, Philippines providing network and exhibit opportunities for contemporary artists with whom they work closely with and promote beyond the local reach.
There are 3 events happening simultaneously at Qube this coming Friday, January 17th at 6PM
First is the artist reception for “Vesindad” by Jose Mari Picornell at the 2nd floor conference area of Qube Gallery. Spanish-Cebuano impressionist artist Picornell takes us on a trip down memory lane through his artworks of old houses and street corners found in Cebu. “We artists see things that other people may not see, such as the broken windows of an old house which tells us about time passing,” muses Picornell. Next, the opening of “Ultimatum” by Leopoldo Aguilar at the high space of Qube. Ultimatum is Aguilar’s fusion of styles from his early works to his most recent experimentation of motifs. Fearlessly engaging and evocative lines are aesthetically executed through colors and forms, extemporaneously juxtaposed in canvasses.
Qube Gallery will also be launching the first iteration of a special program called The Directors Pick, which features a carefully selected corps de oeuvre from the studios of contemporary Filipino artists. The Directors Pick, conceptualized by Qube’s Artistic Director and artist Riel Hilario is a special catalogue of artworks that is compiled and launched every quarter from 2020 to 2021. Selection of artworks are based on the merit of their maker’s prestige and maturity in the Philippine Art Scene, which makes the collection worthy of a connoisseur’s regard. The accompanying catalogue not only describes each work, but places the art and its creator in the context of art history and culture.
Prologue, the first catalogue and showcase for the Directors Pick will be on view from January 17th at Qube Gallery coinciding with the celebrations of Sinulog Festival.
To rsvp to any of these events, contact Pia at 0918 807 4175
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Music is Piano March by Audionautix