The Sigbin or Sigben is a Visayan mythological creature that is said to be a pet of sorcerers, witches and/or people who have unexplainable longevity or success. It is said to walk backwards with its head lowered between its hind legs, resembling a kangaroo or dog with considerably long hind legs. The Sigbin is also said to have powers of teleportation and can transport its master to places in an instant.
The hero, Pantaleon Villegas aka Leon Kilat was said to have owned a Sigbin himself, allowing him to fight the Spaniards in the 1898 revolution in different places in the Visayas at a time.
Canada-based performance artist and fellow XO? member RoyLu's occasional visits to Cebu are almost always never complete without a performance show with the group. This time, we managed to do two events: first was a small showing at Kukuk's Nest North entitled Open XO?urce. The other was a far more ambitious undertaking- a pilgrimage to the birthplace of Visayan Hero Leon Kilat in Bacong, the pilgrimage would be called sigbiniKilat.
We arrived in Dumaguete City in the dead of the night and decided to stay put while some of us, including yours truly, went out for an early breakfast and to look for accommodations. Our first event for the day would be an ambush performance by the city's famed Boulevard- a park bordering Dumaguete's most prominent coastal road.
After we had settled in our rooms at Ildesefa Inn, we went out and did our individual preparations for the show at dusk. I had initially planned to show B. Niyaan since the boulevard seemed perfect and deemed to be one the most cinematic sites for B. Niyaan to lose herself again in her memories. We stationed ourselves by the monument of the Nuns right across Mamia's Cafe and began the show with Raymund Fernandez and Budoy playing aleatoric music.
A crowd quickly began to flock around us. Raymund Fernandez did a performance tribute to Leon Kilat where he delivered an old verse about the Hero: Si Leon Kilat, Naglatay-latay sa dagat, Walay laing gisugat, Gyera ug gubat sigbin .
UsahayI fell in love with a dead boyB. Niyaan