Cebu’s Arts and Culture: 450th Kaplag, Kristo Niño


Photo by Emmanuel Nadela for the Kaplag Photo Exhibit at SM Seaside on April 24.

Photo by Emmanuel Nadela

Isa sa  matagal ko nang gustong mapuntahang probinsya ay ang Cebu (sana matupad so soon). Sa palagay ko ay ibang klaseng travel experience ang makukuha ko doon dahil naniniwala ako sa yaman ng sining at kultura ng tinaguriang Queen City of the South.  Hindi ako nag-e-expect ng nature trip doon gaya ng Palawan at Boracay pero malay natin, marami akong matuklasan pag nandoon na ako. In the meantime, gusto kong itampok ang Kristo Niño na bahagi ng ika-450 Selebrasyon ng Kaplag.

Maraming makasaysayan at makulay na tradisyon ang nakakabit sa Cebu gaya na lamang  ng  malalim pananampalataya sa Sto. Niño.  Hindi ko na tatalakayin ang usaping relihiyon, nais kong bigyan ng pagkilala ang pagpapamalas ng mahusay na visual arts sa Kristito Niño sa pamamagitan ng art exhibition partikular na ang  sculpture series na Niño Sugbuanon ng artist na si Wilfredo Offemaria, Jr. Ayon sa  NCCA report ni John Delan Lopez Robillos ay base ito sa pagkakadiskubre o “Kaplag” ng imahe ng  Sto. Nino sa isang kahon ng sundalong Kastilang si Juan Camus sa isang nasusunog na kubo noong Abril 28, 1565.

THE NIÑO WITH THE BOX inspired by historical accounts of Spanish soldier Juan Camus finding, in 1565, a statue of the Child Christ in a box inside a burning hut.

THE NIÑO WITH THE BOX

‘The “Niño Sugbuanon” is a commissioned work of the 450 Kaplag Executive Committee as a token to the major sponsors and partners of the 450 Kaplag Celebrations. The artwork will be given to the Prior General of the Order of Saint Augustine based in Rome, to Archbishop Jose Palma, D.D., and to other institutions and individuals who contributed to the success of the events surrounding the 450 Kaplag.’

450th Kaplag Executive Director and NCCA Commissioner Rev. Fr. Harold Rentoria, O.S.A. presenting the Niño Sugbuanon during the press conference

450th Kaplag Executive Director and NCCA Commissioner Rev. Fr. Harold Rentoria, O.S.A. presenting the Niño Sugbuanon during the press conference

Sa aking kuro ay parang naiiba para sa isang alagad ng sining ang ganitong pagkakataon. Ito rin kasi ay may kaugnayan sa tema ng selebrasyon ng Kristo Niño “Sagrada Familia: The Child Christ in the Filipino Family.” Iba iyong yung art work mo  ay para sa kabuhayan, sa iyong sariling kagustuhan at  lalo’t higit sa  kabuluhan ng isang sambayanan. Art is an expression and symbolic for a society that is rich in culture.

Photos courtesy of NCCA – Public Affairs and Information Office
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