A Blast from the Past: PGMO Holds Authentic Subanen Sportsfest

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The month-long celebration of the 86th Founding Anniversary of Misamis Occidental and 6th Pas’ungko S’g MisOcc Festival has showcased the Province’s rich tradition and culture. In line with this, the Provincial Government highlighted another facet of the Subanen culture by conducting the Authentic Subanen Sportsfest at the Provincial Capitol Grounds on November 27, 2015. The said event was graced with the presence of the guests – Mindanao IPMR League President, Hon. Robert R. Simbahon, ANAK IP Partylist Representative, Congressman Jose T. Panganiban, Regional Director of NCIP-Region X, Dir. Roberto Almonte, provincial leaders, and Subanen chieftains.

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The participants were officially welcomed by Hon. Dodge L. Cabahug, Sr., the IPMR, this province. During the program, Provincial Vice-Governor Aurora Virginia M. Almonte expressed her excitement to see the original sports of the Subanens. She also closed her message by saying, “Kami sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan, nagpaluyo ug nagsuporta sa programa sa atong Provincial Government alang sa mga Indigenous People Groups. Uban ta sa paglambo. Kuyog ta sa pag-uswag!”

After the program, the sportsfest immediately started. It featured authentic sports, such as tribal volleyball, latay sa lubi, tug of war, latay ug kahoy, baraw, and boxing which were actively participated by the IP participants. Not only that, they also enjoyed the raffle draws. The activity successfully ended with a closing remarks delivered by the Provincial Tribal Chieftain, Timuay Sofronio Cabatuan.

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