CEBU CITY Jan. 24, 2016 – Pilgrims from around the world will experience the Cebuano brand of hospitality as the entire duration of the International Eucharistic Congress will be filled with religious and cultural festivals.
For the week-long celebration of the IEC, numerous events will be held simultaneously in different venues around the city, giving pilgrims and simple tourists alike a taste of Cebuano cultural and religious heritage.
The “IEC 2016 Heritage Night” NIGHT will be held beginning on Jan. 25, 7:00 p.m. Delegates can have a walking tour starting at the old district of Cebu called Parian up to the Minor Basilica of the Santo Niño. Participating museums along the route will open their doors to delegates for these. Live cultural entertainment such as traditional folk dances, songs, and plays will be held as well.
‘Faces of Supplication’
For music enthusiasts, chorale groups will be performing at the IEC 2016 Choral Festival at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral from 7:00 till 9:00 p.m. Singing in the festival are the Coro de San Jacinto, which will also be singing during the (Opening Mass); the Cebu Normal University Chorale; the Basilica del Sto. Niño; and Metropolitan Cathedral Grand Choir.
Meanwhile, a local mall, will host the staging of a “religious-cultural presentation” titled, “Mga Dagway sa Pangaliyupo (Faces of Supplication).
Various Cebuano stage artists will demonstrate via songs, dances, and drama “the different forms of prayers brought about by experiences of conflicts, trials and tribulations”. Ayala Center Cebu will host a series of evening presentations for the IEC 2016.
All interested IEC delegates should always wear their IEC IDs to avail of the free admission to all the cultural events.
Many cultural events like concerts, theater plays and religious-cultural presentation have also been held as pre-congress activities. Other cultural events have been also announced by the IEC Central Committee through their website www.iec2016.ph
Papal Legate, Cardinal Charles Maung Cardinal Bo of Myanmar presided over the Opening Mass of the IEC at the Plaza Independencia in the afternoon of Jan. 24. Later in the evening, delegates enjoyed cultural events. (Chrixy Paguirigan / CBCPNews)