Baguio City: Rituals and beliefs from all over the world are set to be staged at the 5th Tam-Awan Inter-national Festival (TIAF), making the highland artist haven a melting pot for heritage, culture and tradition.
In tandem with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Heritage celebration in a bid to preserve local heritage, TIAF 5 is themed “Cordilleran Stories: Rituals and Beliefs.”
On May 7 and 8 the Tam-Awan Village Artists (TVA) hosts workshops and sessions on mask making, water color, coffee painting, mono print design, bamboo carving, and solar drawing.
Also on May 7, Ayala Museum’s Kisame Exhibit: Visions of Heaven on Earth will open at 4 p.m. at the village gallery. It is curated by Olan Dela Cruz. Asking the gods for prosperity, Kenneth Esguerra will hold a traditional cañao on May 9. Also happening on the day is a ceremonial tree planting at the village trail.
United States Embassy Cultural Affairs Officer, Kristin Kneedler will hold festival talks in the afternoon exposing US-Filipino ties on “Heritage Conservation Projects in the Philippines,” followed by South African Ambassador Agnes Nyamande-Pitso sharing her country’s “Rituals and Beliefs.”
Morning talks on May 10 will be led by Benguet former Vice Governor Wasing Sacla of KibunganB enguet. He will speak about the “Kankana-ey Belief System and home Rituals.” He will be followed by a talk by Atty. Alfonso Aroco of Kabayan also in Benguet on “The art of Science of the Ibaloi Oral Tradition.”
In the afternoon, Engineer Orlando Abinion of the National Museum will recount the journey of Benguet’s greatest hunter-warrior in his talk “Saga of Apo Anno… The Mummy.”
Elsie Padernal of Visayas region will speak on “The Different Rituals of PanimuSulodBukidnon” followed by Datu Linggi Inhagdan Modesto Pocol of Mindanao’s sharing on “Higaonon Beliefs… God, Spirits, Nature, and Man”.
Padernal with Visayan elders will perform the Panimuritual, while Pocol will perform the Panulakon Ritual with the respective elders from Mindanao within the day.
On May 11, Ifugao Rep. Teodoro Brawner Baguilat Jr. will talk about the “Preservation of the Ifugao Culture and Heritage in the Modern Time,” followed by Ventura Bitot of Mountain Province’s sharing on “Traditional Prayers in relation to Literature towards Performing Arts.”The Benguet rituals of thanksgiving will cap closing ceremonies.