In celebration of the 2017 National Children’s Month, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Cultural Exchange Department (CED) in partnership with the Musikahan sa Tagum Foundation Inc. held the “8th Kutitap: Isang Piging ng Kabataang Makasining” in Compostela Valley.
Eighty children and their adult guides representing various cultural communities all over the country gathered for a four-day celebration of arts, culture and traditions.
Now on its eighth year, Kutitap aims to instill among the Filipino children and youth a deep sense of understanding, appreciation and pride for Philippine arts, indigenous culture, as well as to promote creativity and positive social values.
Kutitap conducted interactive activities to include mini-workshops and showcases (in dance, drama, music, rituals, visual arts), storytelling, crafting, traditional games, film viewing, group discussions, creative collaboration, educational-exposure tours, among others.
Since the first gathering in 2009, Kutitap has already reached over 2,686 children from 100 local communities nationwide. In 2011, the project was redesigned for the benefit of the children in Northern Luzon who were badly affected by typhoons Pedring and Quiel.
For the first time in 2015, Kutitap was brought out of the CCP and was hosted by the City of Batangas. For the first time too, the program was filmed and presented as part of the Children of Asia research project under the Asian Culture Institute (ACI) in Gwangju, South Korea. The film made by Kevin Park was shown during the opening of the Asia Culture Center (ACC) in Korea. In 2016, Kutitap was brought to the Visayas under the hosting of the Province of Capiz.
This year’s participants will be children ages 7 to 13 years old from the following 16 cultural communities—Ata Manobo, Mandaya, Teduray, Blaan, Kalagan-Kagan and Tagum anf Magnaga from Mindanao; Ati and Hiligaynon, Waray-Inabaknon, Caluya-Antique, and Sulud-Bukidnon from Visayas; Dumagat, Ilokano and Bicolano from Luzon; and San Juan and Quezon City from NCR.
The project was supported by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the Province of Compostela Valley and the Municipality of Pantukan.