Southern indigenous culture gets spotlight


DAYAW 2014: The Indigenous Peoples Festival will be holding its Mindanao leg at Zamboanga City from November 21 to 22.

 an indigenous pair from Southern Philippines performs at dayaw 2012 held in Bulacan

An indigenous pair from Southern Philippines performs at dayaw 2012 held in Bulacan

Touted to be biggest gathering of Philippine indigenous peoples 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 opening ceremony will be held at the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology, while the closing ceremony will be at the Paseo del Mar.

The two-day festival will be feature forums on issues and concerns of the indigenous peoples; demonstrations of traditional crafts and cuisines; recognition of cultural masters; an exhibit of photographs and crafts; and outreach performances of ethnic songs and dances. It will be held at different venues in the city.

The Dayaw Festival in Zamboanga City is organized in partnership with Zamboanga City Indigenous Peoples Council of Leaders with the city government of Zamboanga.

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.

The Zamboanga celebration is part of the nationwide celebration of Dayaw 2014: The Indigenous Peoples Festival, which will have events in Luzon and Mindanao.

In previous years, Dayaw gathered indigenous peoples in one venue.

This year, it will be held in three different venues in the three major island clusters of the country. It will have the theme “Katutubong Filipino Para sa Kalikasan at Kapayapaan” (Indigenous Filipino for the Environment and Peace).

For more details, contact Rene Sanchez Napeñas, head of the NCCA Public Affairs and Information Office, at 527-5529 or 0928-5081057. E-mail or visit


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