‘Tribu Buhisan’ to give their all to­day

Who would have thought that about 100 out-of-school youths would have an ac­tive in­volve­ment with the first­time per­former in this year's Sin­u­log sa Barangay, the Tribu Buhisan?

The Freeman - - NEWS - ODESSA O. LEYSON — Odessa O. Leyson/GAN

The public's im­pres­sion on them is that they are the type of peo­ple who are hard to deal with due to their wrong­ful deeds, spend­ing their time on the streets with their friends.

How­ever, the public may have been blinded that these in­di­vid­u­als also need se­ri­ous at­ten­tion, so that they will not take the wrong path.

That is why Buhisan vil­lage chief Gre­mar Barete makes a con­tin­u­ous ef­fort to ed­u­cate, to give hope and to lead this out of school youths.

It has been a con­sen­sus among barangay of­fi­cials to in­clude the out-of-school youths in their Sin­u­log sa Barangay con­tin­gent, be­cause all of them have the right to be treated equally by the gov­ern­ment.

The of­fi­cials want to show to the public that their barangay is a one real fam­ily, a fam­ily that helps one an­other to be good dis­ci­ples of God.

What the barangay of­fi­cials are do­ing to the outof-school youth is putting ac­tion on Barete's mantra that "ac­tive part­ner­ship with young peo­ple would build a bet­ter com­mu­nity."

Of 330 in­di­vid­u­als who com­pose the con­tin­gent, around 100 are out-of­school youth.

Barete found out that al­low­ing the said in­di­vid­u­als to join the team is an ef­fi­cient way to unite them con­sid­er­ing that the youths came from dif­fer­ent groups.

With the in­volve­ment of out-of-school youths also, the barangay can ad­dress the con­flict of var­i­ous youth groups in his barangay.

Barete prompted to in­clude the un­der­priv­i­leged youth to be part of the team to con­sole their heart and to give them op­por­tu­nity to of­fer a dance to the blessed Señor Santo Niño.

"They have prob­lems sa ila­hang fam­ily and their out­let was sa gawas, ila­hang grupo, mag­tam­bay-tam­bay. So ato silang gid­uol para moapil ani aron makaila sila sa ubang youths diri sa barangay ug aron magkahini­galaay sila," Barete said.

Just like the other con­tin­gents, they have also en­coun­tered chal­lenges for it's not easy to form a team of per­form­ers.

"Chal­leng­ing siya kay wala man gud ta kibaw sa ila­hang in­tel­lec­tual nga paghuna-huna, naay mga bu­gal-buga­lon so da­pat taas imo pasen­sya nila," Andi Yu Busa, one of the chore­og­ra­phers of Tribu Buhisan, said.

Just like Busa, Barete him­self does not want to give up im­me­di­ately just be­cause of the dif­fi­culty they have en­coun­tered with these outof-school youths.

In a span of three months, the chore­og­ra­phers were able to fin­ish the dance rou­tine and they are ready to show their ca­pa­bil­i­ties to the Ce­buanos to­day.

Third-year student Chris­tian, 21, who ad­mit­ted be­ing a for­mer drug de­pen­dent, be­lieves that join­ing Sin­u­log will keep them away from re­bel­lious act.

Chris­tian is among the dancers of Tribu Buhisan.

In 2015, she was tempted to use mar­i­juana so that her friends would not beat her if she would not take it.

"Sukad nga migamit ko ato, niga­may ako grado, na­hag­bong ko. Then, magsige nako og katawa. Pero naka-re­al­ize ko nga bati ako gibuhat kay ed­u­ca­tion baya ako kurso so da­pat role model," Chris­tian said.

In or­der to re­deem her­self, she at­tended ed­u­ca­tional sem­i­nars to en­hance her knowl­edge that us­ing il­le­gal drugs could de­stroy hu­man lives.

"Ako mes­sage nila, it's not too late to change kay bati gyud siya. Bati ang ma­hatag ani sa imong kinabuhi," Chris­tian said.

New­comer Tribu Buhisan will show­case to­day in the Sin­u­log sa Barangay why their vil­lage is Cebu City’s source of wa­ter. About a third of their 330-mem­ber con­tin­gent be­long to the out-of-school youth.

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