Dayaw goes to Bacolod

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Indigenous peoples festival to gather native groups from central PH
After its successful Baguio City leg, the Dayaw 2014: The Indigenous Peoples Festival is now on its way to Bacolod City in Nergos Occidental.

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Touted as the biggest gathering of Philippine indigenous peoples, Dayaw is organized by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the prime government agency for arts and culture, headed by its chairman Felipe de Leon Jr. The Bacalod leg is in partnership with the Negros Cultural Foundation Inc. and the provincial government of Negros Occidental.

To be held at the Negros Occidental Multi-Purpose Activity Center, the two-day festival will open forums on issues and concerns of the indigenous peoples; hold demonstrations of traditional crafts and cuisines; recognize of cultural masters; stage an exhibit of photographs and crafts; and hold outreach performances of ethnic songs and dances.

Set to participate are the indigenous groups of central Philippines including the Ati, Panay Bukidnon, Waray, Abaknon, Hiligaynon, and Cebuano.

The Bacolod leg is part of the nationwide celebration of Dayaw 2014, which will have events in Luzon and Mindanao. At the helm of the festival is NCCA’s Subcommission on Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts (SCCTA), headed by commissioner Al-Anwar Anzar.

Dayaw is annually held in celebration of National Indigenous Peoples’ Month observed every October, showcasing the different indigenous groups of the country, and an enriching and interesting array of activities including performances, rituals, forums, traditional cuisine demos, traditional games, arts and crafts exhibit and cultural tours, among others.

For more details, contact Rene Sanchez Napeñas, head of the NCCA Public Affairs and Information Office (PAIO) at 527-5529 or 0928-5081057. E-mail ncca.paio@gmail.com or visit www.ncca.gov.ph.

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