St. # 1993-11850
Isang Sayaw sa Apat na Tinig
One Dance in Four Voices
by Dr. Elena R. Mirano
Many local schools in the Philippines include the study of national folk dances as part of their curriculum. Through these dances, students get to familiarize themselves with the different cultures spread out through the country. The students are therefore exposed to different styles of music and steps, traditions and beliefs, that eventually may be fruitful in their understanding of the people from different parts of the Philippines.
The subli, is one of the dances learned, together with the pandanggo, tinikling, palayok, etc. The subli is from the province of Batangas and is more known to be a dance form. Dr. Elena Mirano's book, Subli Isang Sayaw sa Apat na Tinig (One Dance in Four Voices), brings us to a deeper understanding of the history and the closest form of the subli. Not only is subli a form of dance, through thorough research and observation, Dr. Mirano has unraveled that subli is also a form of prayer “panata”, music, dance, and play.
Dr. Elena Mirano divided her research into four different sections in analyzing the subli. At the beginning, she has included an in-depth interview with one of the matremayo of Sinala (one of the dance forms of subli) in Bauan, Batangas. A matryemayo is the leader or head of the subli practitioners /performer or better known as manunubli. Ms. Anicia Villanueva, the present matremayo at the time of the book's interview has been in the position for a long time.
(Ms. Villanueva was 56 years old during the interview). Ms. Villanueva was chosen to be the matremayo when she was only 12 years old, and she has been performing the subli since then.
Through the interview, we can see that the subli practice has been transferred through generations. It had been passed through their elders who has been performing the practice. After school, students go to practice the subli with the older...