Ex­cit­ing Sin­u­log at the Malls

The Freeman - - LIFESTYLE -

Cebu’s Sin­u­log Fes­ti­val has re­ally grown to grand size. It’s fit­tingly touted as “the big­gest fi­esta of the Philip­pines!” The fes­tiv­i­ties are no longer con­tained to the col­or­ful street danc­ing of the Sin­u­log grand pa­rade day.

No­tably, Sin­u­log cel­e­bra­tions are also found in the city’s shop­ping malls – in par­tic­u­lar, at SM Su­permalls in the Queen City of the South. There, mall-go­ers may dance to the beat of the drums amid an un­mis­tak­able Sin­u­log vibe. Ob­vi­ously, it’s a more com­fort­able cel­e­bra­tion at the malls; no risk of sun­burn and no need to squeeze one­self in body-to­body dense crowds.

At SM City Cebu, there’s the “Cebu! Cebu!” art ex­hibit at the North­wing Atrium, show­cas­ing the cre­ations of Cham­bers: The Cebu Project. It’s a trea­sure trove of Ce­buano prod­ucts from fur­ni­ture, home dé­cor, and fash­ion ac­ces­sories sec­tors. Ex­hibitors in­clude Cebu Fur­ni­ture In­dus­tries Fash­ion, Inc., Cebu Gifts, Toys, and House­ware Foun­da­tion, Inc., Cebu Fash­ion Ac­ces­sories, Man­u­fac­tur­ers & Ex­ports Foun­da­tion (Cebu FAME) with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of Ce­bubased Bri­tish drift­wood sculp­tor James Do­ran Webb. The ex­hibit is on­go­ing un­til Jan­uary 22.

There’s also the “Santo Nino: A Homage” at the Art Cen­ter of SM City Cebu. The ex­hibit fea­tures the works of 23 artists from Cebu, Manila and Min­danao. The ex­hibit aims to pro­vide view­ers the op­por­tu­nity to un­der­stand the root of their faith through vis­ual in­ter­pre­ta­tions from the viewpoint of the painters and sculp­tors. The ex­hibit runs from Jan­uary 13 to 28.

Big dis­counts are of­fered in the Sin­u­log Sale from Jan­uary 17 to 22 in SM City Cebu, SM Sea­side City Cebu, and SM City Con­so­la­cion.

At SM Sea­side City Cebu, there’s the one-week Sin­u­log cel­e­bra­tion dubbed as “Eu­pho­ria.” On Jan­uary 19, Eu­pho­ria Beats – a fu­sion of DJs and per­cus­sion­ists – gives a sam­pler of the Sin­u­log vibe at the Moun­tain Wing Atrium. The Eu­pho­ria Sin­u­log Grand Show­case on Jan­uary 15 and the Eu­pho­ria VisSound fea­ture Visayan artists at the Moun­tain Wing Atrium at 6 p.m. Come Jan­uary 19, ba­lik­bayans and visi­tors are treated to a fes­ti­val of Filipino folk dances, dubbed “Ba­lik Bayan Eu­pho­ria Night,” start­ing at 6 p.m., also at the Moun­tain Wing Atrium.

Artist Fran­cis Sol­lano dis­plays sculp­tures and in­stal­la­tions in his “trash­ion” head­pieces at the bridge way of the Moun­tain Wing of SM Sea­side City Cebu be­gin­ning Jan­uary 17. A mini fash­ion show will mark the launch with Bb. Cebu Grand Win­ner, Apriel Smith and her court to grace the ramp wear­ing the ex­traor­di­nar­ily crafted head pieces by Fran­cis Sol­lano.

At the North­wing Atrium of SM City Cebu, the Sin­u­log Fes­ti­val Queens will pa­rade their col­or­ful cos­tumes on the run­way on Jan­uary 18, at 6 p.m.

The “Cut & Style” Sin­u­log fash­ion event wel­come ev­ery­one to have their shirts cut-and-styled at any Is­lands Sou­venirs spe­cial popup dis­plays at SM City Cebu. There’s also the Cut & Style Grand Fash­ion Show on Jan­uary 19, at the North­wing Atrium fea­tur­ing the Binib­in­ing Cebu Queens, with ex­clu­sive cre­ations by mas­ter cou­turier Cary San­ti­ago and spe­cial guests Donny Pangilinan and Han­nah Pangilinan and other lo­cal Ce­buano per­son­al­i­ties. The Is­lands Sou­venirs booth is at the lower ground level of the main mall.

Sun­day, Jan­uary 21, is “Eu­pho­ria in the Sky” with Philip­pine Drone Racing League Sea­son 1 at the Sky Park of SM Sea­side City Cebu, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cap­ping the night is the mall’s grand fire­works dis­play at 9 p.m. An­other at­trac­tion is the “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” life-size in­stal­la­tion of fire­fighter jet at the Cube Wing Atrium of the mall, on­go­ing un­til Jan­uary 22.

Over at SM City Con­so­la­cion, peo­ple from the Cebu north may wit­ness the Sin­u­log Grand Pa­rade and Sayaw Sin­u­log on Jan­uary 21 dur­ing mall hours at the Event Cen­tre.

At SM City Cebu on Jan­uary 20 at 7 p.m., six con­tes­tants from all over the coun­try bat­tle it out in the 10th Sin­u­log Fire­works Com­pe­ti­tion. Cap your Sin­u­log cel­e­bra­tion with A grand mu­si­cal fire­works dis­play by Py­roworks In­ter­na­tional caps the year’s Sin­u­log cel­e­bra­tion, on Jan­uary 21, at 8 p.m. at the North­wing open park­ing. At SM Sea­side City Cebu, the Sin­u­log fire­works dis­play takes place at 9 p.m.

For up­dates and in­quiries, one may check out SM City Cebu (Of­fi­cial), SM City Con­so­la­cion (Of­fi­cial), and SM Sea­side City Cebu (Of­fi­cial) on Face­book.

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