EVERY year, on the third week of January, countless of devotees will converge in Cebu City not only to pay homage to the miraculous image of Sr. Sto. Niño, but also to participate in the street festivities brought about by the Sinulog Festival.
The festival was organized by the City of Cebu in 1980 as a great homage to the Child Jesus and to drum up the bandwagon of Cebu as the premiere tourist destination in the country. Today, this festival attracts not only local or national visitors but also entices one to two million tourists around the globe to join the weeklong festivities.
A variety of activities such as sports, music and visual arts are organized by the different companies to sustain and enliven the Sinulog activities. The Art Center located at the 3rd level of SM City Cebu, for its part has continually partnered with local and national painters to come up with an exhibit that promotes and propagates the deep devotion of the Cebuano people toward the Sto. Niño. This year, 23 creative minds representing Cebu, Manila and Mindanao have grouped together to come up with an exhibit entitled, Sto. Niño: A Homage.
The exhibit aims at providing the viewing public the opportunity to understand the root of their faith through the visual imagery as interpretations from the viewpoint of the painters and sculptor. It also entices the public to nurture the importance of prayer, and illicit public support on creating art that reflects our deep religiosity. Above all, this event, is geared towards the promotion and upliftment of the Filipino innate artistic talents.
Participating artists from Cebu for this exhibit are: Cesar Castillo, Rhodesa Cruzet, Jess Dinglasa, John Dinglasa, Efren Enolva, Bong Francisco, Jun Impas, Guido Lubanga, Mean Mustard, Clint Normandia, Joseph Ong, Celso Pepito, Fe Pepito, Jojo Sagayno, Antonio Vidal, and Mar Vidal.
Noel Bueza, Joel Cristobal, Jun Tiongco and Jik Villanueva are representing the Manila-based artists.
Mindanao, on the other hand, is represented by Lito Pepito and Ronnie Rudinas.
The viewing public can expect a variety of styles, and interpretations- composed and created in mediums like oil, acrylic, watercolor, pen and ink , sculptures. All artworks are creative products born out of hardwork and years of experience from the 23 creative individuals.
The exhibit will open in the Art Center of SM City Cebu on January 13, 2018, at 6 p.m. The show will run until January 28, 2018.