Saturday, October 2, 2010

Sublian Festival in Batangas City

The term "sublian" comes from the term "subli", which is in turn coined from two Tagalog words: "subsub" (falling on head) and "bali" (broken). Sublian dancers therefore appear to be lame and crooked throughout the dance. Sublian is a ritual dance of the natives of Bauan, Batangas. It is usually performed during fiestas as a ceremonial worship dance to the town's religious icon, the holy cross.

Every 24th day of July we celebrate the Batangas Foundation Day. There are parades of different schools, the Bb. Batangas candidates, and the most awaited "Sublian sa Daan". You'll be amazed on how gracefully each group from different schools dance on the street with their colorful costumes. It's also a tradition for Batanguenos to include this "Sublian Festival" in the program. Our school way back in college also have a chance to participate in this event. It's really fun to watch Sublian.


  1. Such colorful costumes and display of dancing in Sublian deserves to be saved for posterity.

    I hope people who witness took a lot of pictures. And when they print them, I hope they used eco-friendly printers and toners.