Tribu Panayanon – Dinagyang Festival of Iloilo by Dennis Natividad · 365 Project
Aliwan Fiesta 2018 Festival Dance Competition 3rd Place – Dinagyang Festival of Iloilo represented by Tribu Panayanon.
Inspired by the richness of the culture and heritage of Panay, this group zealously conceptualized the barter of Panay with grandeur and fervor, reenacting history in a confluent pageantry of color, music, and dance. The early inhabitants called the Ati indulged in hunting, fishing, and foraging edible plants from the wild. Living in close-knit communities, they were ruled by the chieftain Datu Marikudo and his wife Manluantiuan. Interaction with other ethnic groups changed their way of living, especially when introduced to the concept of trade. The arrival of the 10 Bornean datus led by Datu Puti first terrified the inhabitants of Panay, but initially agreed to barter their land for a golden salakot. Manluantiuan also asked for the golden necklace of Datu Puti’s wife, in exchange for a cavan of crabs, a wild boar, and fully grown deer. With the arrival of the Spaniards and the introduction to the devotion to the Holy Infant Jesus, the Atis’ expression of thanksgiving took on an added dimension.