The Minuluan Street Dancing and Dance Drama Competition are a celebration of the courage of the former inhabitants of Talisay, whose former name was Minulu-an.
Holding out the early Visayan Costume, eight tribes competed in this year’s festival. It’s quite interesting to find out, the tribe costumes which vary from the clothing used by the early Visayan settlers living in the Visayan island. These costumes include clothing used by the pagans, tribes or ethnic groups to the costumes or clothing used by Christian settlers with Malay influence. It is nice to find out some integration of indigenous materials integrated in the costume of the dancers such as raffia, bamboos, banana leaves and etc.
Each participating tribe has a lower limit of 50 and maximum of 60 dancers. Their dances revolved around the evolution of Talisay City from the native inhabitants of the mainland which were Negritos to the time where Malay had penetrated the position up to the Spanish time where Christianity were introduced into the home. The legendary Minuluan fight sequence featuring the hero of the place Kapitan Sabi and the Minuluanons versus the Moro raiders were also given emphasis in the street and dance drama.
Another interesting part of the festival is the rhythmic component wherein participating tribes dance from the auditory sensations of their own drum beaters. The drum-beaters also dressed similar to the costume of their tribes used drums, bamboo chimes and other tribal percussion instruments.
Dancers were also judge in their Arena Dance Drama performances as follows: Choreography 40% which include interpretation of the basic Minulu-an Dance Steps, dynamics, interpretation of storyline, portrayal of required scenes and incorporation of the basic Minuluan dance Steps.); Performance 30% which includes mastery of steps and execution and showmanship; Production Design 20% which includes drumbeaters and dancers, props and concepts and; Interpretation of the Storyline according to the scenes 10%.
The festival for me is not only a celebration of the historical event in the City of Talisay. For me, it was an opportunity for many local talents such as young choreographers and dancers to showcase and raise their skills.
Kudos to the City Officials headed by Mayor Eric Saratan and my thanks to Ms. Renea Ferrer, City Tourism Officer for inviting me.
I was privileged to be given the chance to design and execute the trophies for 16th Minuluan Festival. For your trophy needs, visit www.jojovito.com