• Manila Collectible features T’boli’s culture and heritage

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    The Manila Collectible Co. livens up National Indigenous Peoples’ Month with a series of events at the heart of Old Manila held on October 18 to 20.

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    Manila Collectible Tboli Workshops by Myrna Pula, a Tboli storyteller of epics from Lake Sebu in South Cotabato

    Manila Collectible Tboli Workshops by Myrna Pula, a Tboli storyteller of epics from Lake Sebu in South Cotabato

    This is the culture space and heritage shop of its kind that brings in the Tboli—one of the many ethno-linguistic groups of the Philippines.

    This is a chance to learn from Myrna Pula who is known as a gifted teller of epics. As a culture bearer, she has guarded her culture, ensuring that traditions are passed down from generation to generation.

    Yegas Kafun, a folk chanter who reminds Filipinos of their indigenous soul, will also be there. Also, Danilo Kasaw, the musician who performs healing rituals and plays the wooden boat-shaped lute, hegalong, will showcase his talents.

    On October 18 at 6 p.m., the “T’boli Ritual Chanting and Cuisine” opens with a cleansing ritual and folk singing by Yegas, followed by a cooking demonstration on the tribe’s cuisine. Guests may come earlier to see the preparation beforehand.

    On October 19 at 1 p.m., guests can learn about Tboli music and instruments as well as the making of the hegalong at the dance and music workshop, followed by the boat lute and instruments workshop.

    On October 20, in tandem with “Intramuros Pasyal,” a street artisan fair will be held on General Luna St. in Intramuros produced by #Vivamanila and the Intramuros Administration. There will be performances along Gen. Luna St., and Myna Pula will teach attendees about the epic of Tudbulul, and the story of the Magic Hegalong at 2 p.m. at the Manila Collectible Co.

    The Manila Collectible Co. promotes history, indigenous artistry and heritage. As a social enterprise, the people behind the Manila Collectible Co. works closely with several indigenous groups, under-represented people and small enterprises to market their goods and highlight the importance of heritage.

    Fee is P799 for the ritual, chanting, music cooking demonstration with free food and drinks and tour.

    Pre-booking and reservation for the event is encouraged. The Manila Collectible Co. is open on Tuesday until Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

    It is located at Villa Blanca Building, Cabildo corner Beaterio streets, Intramuros (behind the Manila Cathedral), Manila. For more information, call 485-9751 or 0918-9855830. Check out its Facebook page (manilacollectible), Twitter and Instagram accounts (tmccfun).

    Email tmccfun@gmail.com.

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