‘Unconventional’ Landonian performers absent from parade, but hope for revival

THE drums have been silenced for the Landonian Tribe.

“It’s hard to join the Sinulog without sponsors,” said the tribe’s founder, Reynold “Oloy” Mijares.

The Landonian Tribe danced for the last time three years ago, he said.

It was in 1981 when Mijares formed the legendary group.

One week before the Sinulog, Mijares went to the City Hall after being asked to process a business permit.

Mijares, who has a talent for playing percussion, recalled watching the City Hall contingent rehearsing for the Sinulog, and children from Cebu’s mountainous barangays dancing in front of the Basilica as their offering to the Holy Child.

Mijares, then a community youth leader on R. Landon St., was inspired and gathered about 39 young men.

They practiced until the wee hours of the morning. They sustained their group by making do with the little personal contributions from dancers and generous shop owners for costumes and props. (more)

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