THE Subcommission on Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts (SCCTA) spearheaded the Luzon leg of “Dayaw 2014: Indigenous People’s Festival” from October 22 to 23 at Baguio City.
Themed “Katutubong Filipino Para Sa Kalikasan at Kapayapaan,” Dayaw 2014 aims to highlight the important role of the indigenous people in the protection and preservation of nature as well as the promotion of peace throughout the nation. It is one of the many projects by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the government’s primary arm in promoting the country’s culture and arts.
Different indigenous groups from Luzon gathered at the City of Pines to celebrate the grandeur of Filipino culture and tradition. They paraded along Session Road on October 22 for the kick-off festivity.
Leading the parade were the woven-clad Cordilleran including the Ibalois, Kankanaeys, the Isnags of Apayao, the Balangao of Bontoc, the Kalanguya of Ifugao and the Tingguian and Itneg of Abra.
Joining them were different groups from the whole of Luzon: the Mangyans of Mindoro, the Bugkalot of Nueva Vizcaya, the Ilocanos, the Kapampangans, the Tagalogs, the Sambal peoples, the Agtas of Central Luzon, the Pangasinenses, the Ibanags of the Cagayan Valley, the Kasiguranis of Aurora, the Tagbanuas, Palawanis, Yamamapuns and Molpogs of Palawan, and the Ivatans of the Batanes Group of Islands.
They marched through the city’s main road, striking their gangsas, their native drums and bamboo instruments, and dancing in a clang of roadside merriment. To complete the feel, they wore elaborate head-dresses that vary from beads, horns, cloths, feather and woven wood implements; carrying spears and kalasags, and sporting their tattoos.
Together, the indigenous peoples of the north filled the streets of Baguio.
Following the Luzon leg, Dayaw 2014 will go to Bacolod City, Negros Occidental on November 11 and 12.
For more information, contact Rene Sanchez Napenas, head of the Public Affairs and Information Office of NCCA at 527-5529 or 0928-5081057. E-mail email@example.com or visit www.ncca.gov.ph.