The Christian Filà Ballesters Xàbia It is one of the oldest on this side. It was founded in 1983 by José Leyda and Pepita González, being its president, Florencio Mata.
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La Filà Ballesters Xàbia is born as a result of Filà Trabuquers, Christian filà. Components of this last filà decided to separate to grow the Moors and Christians festivities of Xàbia and create a new filà, also on the side of the cross, from where the Filà Ballesters was born. For the creation of this filà, a vote was held to see which members formed the new one.
La Filà tells that it was on August 25, 1983 when it was founded, at which time the banner was blessed in the barracks located on Virgen de Loreto street by the priest D. Joaquín, Pastor of Duanes de la Mar.
Ballesters Xàbia enters the festivities forming two squads of 11 members each, one being for men and the other for women. Later, in 1985, the third mixed children's squad was formed.
At present, this filà is mixed and is made up of a total of 17 people and three girls and the position of president assumes it Carmen Torres.
During the years of history of this formation, they have paraded in different locations, thus bringing the culture of these festivals to any corner of the world. In 2002 they paraded in Murcia and in 2010, in the town of Thiviers, located in the French commune of Brantôme.
The banner of the Filà Ballesters Xàbia is formed by a crossbow as a symbol of the warriors they are part of, from a barrel "so you don't miss drinking" (indicate from the filà) and an owl as guardian of the night.
The Filà Ballesters Xàbia has had different djellaba during these 37 years. The first two years of its creation wore blue djellabas.
Subsequently, they bought white suits with the red cross and a red cape for parading. With this costume they participated in the II National Congress of Moors and Christians d'Ontinyent and then they became their djellabas.
Currently, all the members of the Filà wear a maroon djellaba with the filà crest in a sea-blue color in the central front and a blue scarf on the head.
Moros i Cristians Central Board
Florencio Mata has been one of the founders of the filà and its president for 34 years. In addition, he has been part of the Central Board of Moros i Cristians since it was founded, occupying twice the position of president: Year 1992 and 2009.
Sant Jaume Award
As a driver of these Moors and Christians festivities from Xàbia, Florencio Mata was awarded the Sant Jaume Prize in 2014.
Captaincy and standard bearers
In the 37 years of history that the Filà Ballesters Xàbia has, it has held a total of three captainships:
1992: the first time being the captains, Vicente Serrat and Mª José Bertomeu.
1998: the second time it occurs six years later, assuming the captaincy Matías Soria and Mª Rosa Tent.
2008: In the third, the captains were Pere Josep Cholbi and Llum Espasa with their children Pau and Joan.
2020: This year it was time to assume its fourth captaincy, but the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), has caused the annulment of the festivities and with this, the captaincy is postponed to 2021. The captains are: Florencio Mata and Mª Rosa Catalá.
As for the flag bearers, the Filà Ballesters Xàbia has had a total of seven:
1998: Cristina Catalan
1999: Mary Garcia
2003: Maria Jose Sart
2006: Mary Soria
2008: Catalá Gem
2014: Ana Segarra
2019: Laura Torres
The filà Ballesters Xàbia does not have its own march but is characterized by always parading with the Parcent music band and with the pasodoble 'Captaincy' y 'Creu d'Aura'.
This filà has its own statutes, but if any person is interested in being part of it, just notify one of its members.
The house is located on Calle Dr. Fleming 1, although it is not its own, it is loaned for the celebration of the festivities.
During the first years, inside the house they had on Virgen de Loreto street, they celebrated jonega and at night Cordà.
The residents of Triana participated and collaborated in everything they could to the filà: they made paellas, sold lotteries, raffles, etc.
Another of the memories of the holidays was the moment when the truck de los Hermanos Mata transported the festeros and musicians in the dump truck to the events that took place in the historic center or El Arenal.