SYNOPSIS TRIBU TUBONG-TUBONG
*at the picture is the cross at Balabago, erected by Spanish friars in the 19th century at the site where the Samba ritual, headed by Estrella Bangotbanwa is often held to signify that the old religion is powerless over the new religion that is Catholicism.
Definition of Terms
Tubong-tubong - a vernacular term for collective effort of helping.
- where the name of Tubungan was derived.
Estrella Bangotbanwa- a famed ma-aram (babaylan), believed to have lived during the mid-Spanish period who, according to stories, have saved the town of Tubungan a number of times from drought by performing the ritual of Sambayan in the mountains and invoking rain or identifying underground springs. She summons rain by hanging her hair loose. Her name is still being invoked by present binbaylan practitioners.
THE ENDURING TUBONG-TUBONG TRADITION
Municipality of Tubungan, Iloilo
1ST RUNNER-UP Kasadyahan Contest – 2010 Dinagyang Festival
This performance of Tribu Tubong-tubong tackles the rich history of Tubungan, Iloilo, from the time of the famed ma-aram, Estrella Bangotbanwa, whose name is still being invoked by present babaylan practitioners, to the foundation of the present town, until the recent catastrophic events that have hit the town, particularly the typhoon Frank, last year's mudslide in Brgy. Igtuble where the entire residents have to be airlifted to evacuation, an impending landslide threatening to hit the town after a two-kilometer crack was discovered in one of its mountains; and how the spirit of Tubong-tubong has saved the town from drought and famine, how it moved a town to be formed, and how it could save a town from an apparent danger of a landslide.
More than just a performance, this production is a call to save the mountains of Tubungan and Panay as we face the global crisis that is climate change.