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NCCA to launch "Cordillera Hour" radio program

Tabuk City, Kalinga (6 February) -- The National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) will launch the "NCCA Cordillera Cultural Hour" on February 12, as part of the 15th Ullalim Festival and Kalinga Day highlights.

Usec. Vilma Labrador, NCCA Chairman will be the as Guest of Honor.

Commissioner Domingo Bakilan, head of the Head Sub-Commission on Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts (SCCTA) said that this project will be the second radio program sponsored by the NCCA in partnership with the Kalinga Provincial Government to be aired.

This new program will be aired over DZRK Radio ng Bayan Tabuk from March to December this year. Details of airing time and day are still being arranged as of press time.

According to Bakilan, the success of the first radio program 'NCCA Kalinga Hour' inspired the provincial government to propose for a follow-up educational radio program that will include the performing arts of the entire Cordillera.

With radio being the most popular medium in the hinterlands, cultural masters and bearers from all over the Cordillera would be able to share their knowledge on traditional arts through performance and providing historic accounts of such tradition.

Bakilan said the program will feature the various Cordillera cultural communities' songs, chants, dances, music and musical instruments to be performed live during the program. He added that in some segments, canned or recorded materials could also be utilized.

This intends to preserve the earliest forms of culture and traditions, which he said are slowly being influenced by modern arts and culture.

"Through the historical accounts of cultural masters, listeners especially the youth would gain insights, understanding and knowledge about their heritage and identity as indigenous peoples," he stressed.

Bakilan underscored that the youth being the future bearers of culture should be able to learn and distinguish the difference and should be culturally educated to preserve and promote appreciation of their heritage and use this advantage for their development and for the progress of their cultural communities.

He said that incentives will be given to guests and performers as part of the NCCA's support to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's policy of using indigenous culture and arts education in the government's poverty alleviation program and the campaign against graft and corruption.

The President has directed NCCA to make culture as a vehicle for human rights education, especially in promoting and advancing the rights of the marginalized communities. (ggdumallig/PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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