In celebration of the Feast of Señor Santo Niño, the Casa Gorordo Museum hosted a talk about the growth of Cebuanos’ devotion to the Child Jesus, with guest speaker Fr. Ric Anthony Reyes, OSA, the secretariat head and spokesperson of the Fiesta Señor celebrations.
In the talk, Fr. Ric described Cebuanos’ various forms of devotion to the well-loved “Bala-ang Bata” from the singing of “Bato Balani sa Gugma” to the “Shagit ug Kusog”, and he detailed the growth of the devotion’s religious and cultural aspects. He also explained how the ritual dance offered to the Santo Niño is anchored to the faithful’s devotion and its influence to the festival dance known today.
The CGM Talk, which was streamed live on Facebook, aims to promote Cebuanos’ unyielding admiration for the Santo Niño and give deeper meaning to that devotion.
“If there is a good thing that the pandemic brought to our fiesta is that atong napalaoman ang atong pag sabot… At this point of time, it is really a kind of a deep soul-searching for us sa atong devotion towards ni Señor Sto Nino,” said Fr. Ric.
The CGM Talks is one of the many programs of the Culture and Heritage Unit of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. that promotes Cebuano culture and heritage. New episodes are streamed on the Casa Gorordo Museum Facebook page every month.
Casa Gorordo Museum
Official Press Release
February 4, 2021