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One of the pillars of art and culture in Batangas City passed away

by Thiago Santos
May 1, 2021

One of the pillars of art and culture in Batangas City passed away
Eduardo V. Borbon (Photo from

BATANGAS CITY - Eduardo V. Borbon, or "Sir Ed," the late chief of the city's Tourism Office, made a significant contribution to the enrichment of Batangas City's culture and history.

With his passing on April 18 at the age of 70, it can be said that his contribution to art and culture left a mark on Batangueños.

It all started in 1988 when the late Mayor Eduardo B. Dimacuha appointed him Vice Chairman of the Cultural Affairs Committee (CAC).

With his recommendation to Mayor Dimacuha to revive and propagate Batangueo tradition and culture, the Sublian Festival was launched, which became a way to revive the Subli dance, which shows the way of the courtship of the Batanguenos back then, as well as an homage to Dear Poong Sto. Nino and Poong Sta. Cruz.

It also aims to pass down local culture to future generations.

The dance was performed at the Smithsonian Folkline Festival at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC, where he was one of the Philippine delegation's presenters.

The Sublian Festival is also included in the calendar of events of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and won in 2020 the Philippine Live Entertainment, Arts & Festivals or LEAF Awards.

Sir Ed also revived other traditions, such as the serenade and Rosario Cantada, as well as the commemoration of Apolinario Mabini's heroism.

With his assistance, various CCP groups in the city were able to perform, paving the way for Batangas City to become the Regional Cultural Center.

Some of the city's cultural groups have been able to perform at national and international events at the CCP and other venues thanks to him.

In 2004, he and Mayor Eddie received the CCP's PILAK award for outstanding work in community art and culture.

In 2019, he was one of the Batangas city government's Gawad Gintong Duyan awardees (Culture and Arts category), an award is given to outstanding Batanguenos in various fields.

Through him, he also influenced Bb. Lungsod's decision, which was previously influenced by popularity or the amount of money raised.

It is now based on the candidate's beauty and talent, and many of the winners have gone on to compete in regional and national beauty pageants across the country.

Salute and gratitude to Sir Ed for his significant contribution to the development of the city's culture and arts.


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