August 14, 2014 (9:19 AM)

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A Tribu K’Mindanawan fire dancer ignites Roxas grounds. Photo by Mark Louie Balladares

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Ateneans were left in awe as Tribu K’Mindanawan, a group of fire dancers and performers, illuminated and warmed the Roxas Grounds up on the first night of the 66th Ateneo Fiesta.

Embers flew during the 20-minute performance which was comprised of different acts involving the use of fired up batons, hoops and poi balls. The group also showed something new – green and purple-colored fire.

Jude Denzel Lamban, a student who has been watching the fire dance and cultural presentation for the past two years, was still amazed of the latest performance.

“I always look forward to this part every Fiesta and SAMAHAN President Regel Asuero was right when he said that we will witness something ‘never before seen’. It was awesome. I am really amazed of the ability of the performers,” said Jude after the performance.

Tribu K’Mindawan, according to one of the performers, is not only a group of fire dancers but also a cultural village tourists can visit. “We want to showcase the culture and talents of the indigenous people,” the group member said.

The fire dancers, aside from performing in various events in Davao City and in the Island Garden City of Samal (IGaCoS), also perform every weekend in the Tribu K’Mindanawan village located in the vicinity of Davao Crocodile Park.

End the silence of the gagged!

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