Batangas City Revives Tradition – Sublian Festival 2009

Batangas City’s 40th Foundation Anniversary – The Sublian Festival 2009

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BATANGAS CITY — With the aim to revive the province’s old customs and traditions, Batangas City celebrated the Sublian Festival, a highlight of the city’s annual founding anniversarry celebration, July 17-23.

Mayor Eduardo B. Dimacuha started this Sublian, July 23, 1988. Since then, Sublian has become the main attraction of annual celebrations of the city foundation. Events like, Palaro ng Lahi, Sagalahan, Pista ng Kalikasan, Awitan at Lupakan were also among the interesting parts of the week-long foundation celebration.

Meanwhile, July 23, 2009 marks the 40th year of Batangas City. A number of people from various businesses, schools and universities, non-government organizations and government offices participated in the parade for this year’s city hood foundation celebration.

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The most awaited Sublian took part in the afternoon. The program commenced with an exhibition from seasoned “Manunubi” from Agoncillo, Bauan and Talumpok. The seniors demonstrated their local interpretations of Subli.

The Sublian contest on the other hand, was participated by different elementary, high school and tertiary schools in the city. Four groups competed for the elementary division while 10 groups contended for the high school and collegiate division. The adjudged winners received P10,000 and a trophy.

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In the interim, Subli is a ceremonial worship dance performed as a tribute to the Holy Cross referred to in the vernacular as Mahal Na Poong Santa Cruz. Subli is derived from two Tagalog words subsub (stooped or in a crouching position) and bali (broken). Thus, the men dancers seem to be lame and crooked as they are in trunk-forward-bend position, worshipping and praising the Holy Cross.

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For most, ‘subli’ is more than a dance, it is a ‘kaugalian’ that tells a story of the enduring faith and devotion of the locals.

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  • Jose Gatino M. Nacario

    To all Batnaguenos,

    Greetings!

    I would like to inform you that right now in Cebu we are celebrating once agan the fiesta of Snr. Sto. Nino… Last sunday during the Sinulog sa Kabataan, the Abellana National School was the champion. Their ritual dance presentation was a depiction of your culture the Subli-an… They shocased the transition of worship from the cross (very sublian) to the Senor sto. Nino (sinulog). It was well choreographed by Mr. Walter B. Betito, a friend of mine… In fact in their backdrop at the start of their dance they had a big caption “SUBLIAN SA SINULOG.” If you will have a chance to watch thir presentation thru YouTube, I know you will be proud because we they brought your culture to Cebu. It is still a fact not all Cebuanos are familiar with your Sublian….

    This coming sunday, Jan. 17 is the Grand Sinulog Mardi Gras and they will compete once again to outside and bigger contingent. We ask you to join us in praying Sto. Nino that they will make it to the top 5 slot or even being the champion….

    Thank You and Viva Pit Senor…

  • Jose Gatino M. Nacario

    To all Batnaguenos,

    Greetings!

    I would like to inform you that right now in Cebu we are celebrating once agan the fiesta of Snr. Sto. Nino… Last sunday during the Sinulog sa Kabataan, the Abellana National School was the champion. Their ritual dance presentation was a depiction of your culture the Subli-an… They shocased the transition of worship from the cross (very sublian) to the Senor sto. Nino (sinulog). It was well choreographed by Mr. Walter B. Betito, a friend of mine… In fact in their backdrop at the start of their dance they had a big caption “SUBLIAN SA SINULOG.” If you will have a chance to watch thir presentation thru YouTube, I know you will be proud because we they brought your culture to Cebu. It is still a fact not all Cebuanos are familiar with your Sublian….

    This coming sunday, Jan. 17 is the Grand Sinulog Mardi Gras and they will compete once again to outside and bigger contingent. We ask you to join us in praying Sto. Nino that they will make it to the top 5 slot or even being the champion….

    Thank You and Viva Pit Senor…

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