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Barangay Tribes Revived in Upcoming Pamukaw

Barangay tribes are thankful as they will be gracing the Dinagyang 2020 celebration starting with the upcoming Pamukaw slated December 14. The ‘Pamukaw’, meaning awakening, will happen two days prior the anticipated Aguinaldo masses.

“The tribes would perform on streets as they celebrate the coming of Jesus Christ to whose image as a child Señor Santo Niño we celebrate in Dinagyang,” states Florence King Erlano, Iloilo City Tourism Operations Officer in a press conference and in an article by the Philippine News Agency.

With the ‘leveled up’ initiative by the City Government for Dinagyang 2020, nine tribes will simultaneously perform in various district plazas and selected venues for an hour starting 8pm. There will also be a short program at the City Hall where Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas will have the first strike of the Dinagyang drum, and will then followed by a ‘drumroll in unison’.

Participating tribes include Tribu Molave to perform in Arevalo district; Familia Sagrada in Mandurriao; Parianon in Molo; Aninipay in Lapaz; Hamili and Sagasa at Plaza Libertad; Pana-ad at Sunburst Park; and Angola at SM City. Each tribe will have a minimum of 15 warriors and drummers. After the one hour performance, tribes will be given the option to perform in other plazas in the city.

Parianon Tribe Manager Oscar Vijuan, also a member of the Association of Tribes in Iloilo, revealed that barangay based tribes were not able to perform for nine consecutive years. Melvin Villanueva, Panaad Tribe Manager, shared that formers warriors remain true to their ‘panaad’ or pledge.

Barangay based tribes are composed of barangay residents, construction workers, and out of school youths, among others. Apart from the Pamukaw, barangay based tribes will also grace the ‘Dagyang sa Calle Real’, a day prior to the highly anticipated Dinagyang 360.

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