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Tribu Subanen of Plaridel, Misamis Occidental

Natives belonging to the Subanen Tribe in Misamis Occidental worship nature and believe in the healing powers of the babaylans or shamans.

Anchoring its Sinulog entry on one of this tribe's rituals, the contingent from the town of Plaridel in Misamis Occidental portrays the conversion of the Subanens to Christianity through a miracle performed by the Señor Sto. Niño.

Ramero Palabrica, who choreographs the contingent's performance together with Edward Secretaria, said the conversion starts with a curse on the beautiful land of the Subanens.

When the tribe's anitos and babaylans failed to help the tribe, it turned to the Señor Sto. Niño for help.

With the Sto. Niño's intercession, the Subanens managed to fight the curse. After this incident, the tribes people start to venerate the Holy Child Jesus and later became ardent devotees.

Tribu Subanen will be performing in the Grand Parade with 80 dancers and 200 other people bringing indigenous and ethnic props in the colors of the Subanens.

Palabrica said Plaridel joins this year's Sinulog as a form of thanksgiving, citing that the town's mayor is a first-term mayor who is a Sto. Niño devotee. His wife hails from Cebu, as well.

The Plaridel contingent is dancing in the free interpretation category. It is being helped by the local governments of Plaridel and Misamis Occidental with the expenses for its participation in the Sinulog Grand Parade.