Subli-an sa Batangas
Held every July 23 is the Subli-an sa Batangas. The festival,
originally started as a religious devotion to the Holy Cross,
which later developed into a dance form calledthe Subli, a dance
indigenous to Batangas. Subli is danced to the accompaniment
of a song in four voices:the first voice is sung by the performer,
t the second voice extolls the Holy Cross of Bauan and narrates
the history of Batangas, the third voice is the "Subli"
proper which combines poetry, dance and music, while the fourth
voice features the observer in his search for the lost self.
The Subli is therefore an art
form the culls the insights of the townsfolk and congeals this
into the musical structure so designed that it is regarded as
a "lesson in grace." The Subli tradition, however,
has lately expanded into a festival featuring street dancing
and involving the town of bauan and Batangas City, and
was lately held to coincide with the province's Foundation Day.
Location : Batangas City
How to get there : Take BLTB or any Batangas-bound bus from Manila.
Travel time : Approximately 2 1/2 hours from Manila.
Tapusan honors the Holy Cross. It is a whole day activity which
starts at about
7:00 a.m. on the first day of May. Floral offerings are laid
down during the afternoon ceremonies before an old cross in the
town church. The observance peaks on the 31st of May with a colorful
procession. The cross is mounted on a gaily decorated float together
with other floats with flowers carrying other Marian images.
All the floats are radiantly and are drawn along the principal
streets of the town by the participants.
Locations : Alitagtag Town
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