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NCCA approves 5 projects for Kalinga

Tabuk City, Kalinga (15 August) -- Out of the 34 recently approved proposed projects for the Northern Cultural Communities of the country, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) has approved five proposals for the Kalinga Cluster.

National Sub-commission on Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts (SCCTA) head Engr. Domingo Bakilan disclosed this in his report during the recent Kapehan sa Kapitolyo informing that these consist of a proposal to support one festival, development of instructional material, support to two schools of living traditions (SLT), and technical assistance to a training proposal.

Bakilan identified as the National Commission on Indigenous People's (NCIP) proposed support of P100,000.00 for the Diddiga Festival Celebration this October where the NCIP will be spearheading and had also committed to provide a counterpart of P40,000.00 for the project which aims to promote the ethnic games and rites of the Kalinga people.

Another approved project is the Kalinga Heritage Foundation Inc. proposal for Cultural Enhancement through Instructional Materials Production and Development in the Province of Kalinga where the NCCA will be providing P150,000.00.

The Tribute Multi-Purpose Cooperative is also expected to receive P190,000.00 for its School of Living Tradition on Handloom Weaving program benefiting several women involved in the production process of the cooperative which is currently managed by Maribel Camarao.

Also approved is the Baguio City School of Living Tradition on Bamboo Instruments Playing project proposal for P50,000.00 assistance of the Linawa Center for Culture and Arts in Baguio City and the P22,500.00 Technical Assistance on Project Proposal Preparation of the Kalinga Heritage Foundation.

In his report, Bakilan said that out of the P15,286,000.00 allotted budget for the 76 approved project proposals for March to July, 2008, the Committee on Northern Cultural Communities (CNCC) has a share of P8,581,900.00for its 34 proposals, P 1,327,500.00 for the 15 proposals of the Committee on Central Cultural Communities (CCCC), P3,861,600.00 is likewise allotted for the Committee on Southern Cultural Communities' (CSCC) 37 proposals while the SCCTA has also an approved P1.5M for their projects.

Meanwhile, Bakilan also made known the participation of the Kalinga Cluster in two major events of the NCCA this coming October as part of the Indigenous Peoples Month Celebration in Luzon.

First is the three-day Summit on NCCA SLTs to be held at the Baypark, Manila from October 3 to 5 this year, which will be participated by the Tribute MPC considering their notable performance as an SLT in Kalinga.

This event will be conducted to gather the eight SLT grantees and implementers in the country providing them a venue to share experiences, identify issues and their concerns, define their best practices, strategize local institutional support and craft legislative bill for SLTs.

Also some 30 participants from the Kalinga Cluster he said will also be joining other cultural communities in Luzon from October 14 to 20, 2008 in Santiago City, Isabela for the Timpuyog celebration highlighting this year's Indigenous Month celebration.

Said event he said will be participated by the 18 cultural communities in Luzon namely Kalinga, Ibanag, Itawit, Bugkalot, Gaddang, Isinay, Ivatan, Ayta/Agta of Bataan, Zambales, Pampanga and Tarlac, Bolinalo/Pangasinense, Ibaloi/Kankanaey, Bontoc/Balangao, Iloko/Bago. Ifugao, Tinggian, Dumagat, Isnag/Apayao, Agta/Ita of Bicol, Mangyan and Tagbanua.

"These communities will be participating in a cultural exchange highlighting significant aspects of their way of life, both material and non-material culture and tradition," the Commissioner said.

To appreciate and experience the uniqueness of each cultural communities, participants will be featuring their traditional houses, cultural resources, practices and rituals, chants, music, songs and dances, stories, traditional arts and crafts, and indigenous communities, he said. (ggd/PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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