Gearing up for indigenous gatherings

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B’laan children from Datal Tampal in Malungon, Saranggani province

B’laan children from Datal Tampal in Malungon, Saranggani province

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. and OIC-executive director Adelina Suemith, is now gearing up for Dayaw 2014: The Indigenous Peoples Festival, touted to be biggest gathering of Philippine indigenous peoples.

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Organized by 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.

This year, Dayaw 2014 will showcase 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.

This year, it is themed “Katutubong Filipino Para sa Kalikasan at Kapayapaan” (Indigenous Filipino for the Environment and Peace).

In Luzon, Dayaw will be held from October 22 to 23 at Baguio City, in partnership with Negros Cultural Foundation Inc. It will be participated in by indigenous groups of northern Philippines including Gaddang, Isinay, Tinggian, Itneg, Ibanag, Yogad, Itawit, Malaweg, Kasiguran, Ivatan, Itbayat, Bugkalot, Isnag, Kalinga, Ifugao, Ibaloi, Kankanaey, Balangao, Bontok, Applai, Ilocano, Bolinao, Pangasinan, Tagalog, Sambal, Pampangan, Ayta, Agta, Mangyan, Palawani, Molbog, Jama Mapun, Tagbanua, Pala’wan, Agutaynen, Bicolano, Batak and Cuyunon.

In the Visayas, the festival will be held from October 27 to 28 at Bacolod City, also in partnership with Negros Cultural Foundation. It will be participated in by indigenous groups of central Philippines including Ati, Panay Bukidnon, Waray, Abaknon, Hiligaynon, and Cebuano.

Dayaw finally culminates in Mindanao from November 6 to 7 at in Zamboanga City, in partnership with Zamboanga City Indigenous Peoples Council of Leaders. It will be participated in by indigenous groups of southern Philippines including Yakan, Subanen, Manobo, Higaonon, Bagobo, Mandaya, Mansaka, B’laan, Sangir, Ata Manobo, T’boli, Teduray, Arumanen, Mamanwa, Maranao, Magindanao, Iranun and Tausug.

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

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