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.
The Opening Mass of the IEC will be presided by the Papal Legate, His Eminence Charles Maung Cardinal Bo of Myanmar at the Plaza Independencia in the afternoon of January 24. Later in the evening, Cultural Events organized by our Cebuano brothers and sister.
For the week-long celebration of IEC, numerous events will be held simultaneously in different venues around the city, giving pilgrims and simple tourists alike a look at Cebuano cultural and religious heritage.
The “IEC 2016 Heritage Night” NIGHT will be held beginning 7:00PM of January 25. 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.
For music enthusiasts, chorale groups will be performing in the IEC 2016 Choral Festival at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral from 7:00 till 9:00 PM. Singing in the festival are the Coro de San Jacinto which will also be singing during the (Opening Mass), the Cebu Normal University Chorale and the Basilica del Sto. Nino and Metropolitan Cathedral Grand Choir.
Meanwhile, a local mall, will host the staging of a “religious-cultural presentation” entitled, “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 the the 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 announced by the IEC Central Committee through their website @ http://www.iec2016.ph (Chrixy Paguirigan / CBCPNews)