IN celebration of the National Indigenous Peoples’ Month and the National Children’s Month, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Cultural Exchange Department (CED) in partnership with the Province of Capiz will hold the “7th Kutitap: Isang Piging ng Kabataang Makasining” from October 23 to 26, at the Gerry Roxas Resource & Convention Center in Roxas City, Capiz.
Sixty children with their adult guides representing various cultural communities all over the country will be gathered for a three-day celebration of arts, culture and traditions.
Now on its 7th 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 will conduct interactive activities to include mini-workshops and showcases (in dance, drama, music, rituals, visual arts, etc.), 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 2611 children from 85 local communities nationwide. In 2011, the project was redesigned for the benefit of the children in Northern Luzon (Hagonoy, Calumpit, Macabebe-Pampanga, & Jaen-Nueva Ecija) which was badly affected by typhoons Pedring and Quiel.
For the first time last year, 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.
This year’s participants will be children ages 7 to 13 years from the following cultural communities: Mindanao – Subanen Get’aw Te’bud (Zamboanga del Sur); Sama Kabingaan (Zamboanga del Sur); Mangguangan (Davao del Norte); Bagobo-Tagabawa (Davao del Sur); Tagakaolo (Davao Oriental). Visayas – Ati (Malay-Aklan); Ati & Panay-Bukindon (Dumarao/Tapaz/Jamindan, Capiz); Ilonggo (Iloilo); Waray-Bisaya (Biliran). Luzon – Isabelino (San Manuel, Isabela); Bicolono (Paracale, Camarines Norte); Kapampangan (Angeles, Pampanga); Romblomanon (Romblon); and children from Valenzuela City (NCR).
For more information, contact the CCP Cultural Exchange Department at 832-1125 loc. 1709-1710.