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Kalinga product, song featured in 8th Agraryo Trade Fair

by Peter Balocnit

Tabuk, Kalinga (6 June) -- Kalinga products and songs were among the features of the 8th Agraryo Trade Fair from June 3-7 at SM Megamall. Ethnic woven fabrics produced by agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARB) were exhibited and gained high sales while the song 'Unawid da Tatago" in compact disc (CD) was among the top five from nine regional entries.

Jocelyn Bengwayan, DAR provincial office coordinator of this affair said the ethnic woven fabrics were the products of Kinwa (Kalinga Indigenous Weavers Association) being promoted by Astrid Aowat of Lubuagan. The song, with bamboo accompaniment, was composed in the native language by Vicente Gommowang of Dacalan, Tanudan, with Nelda Bulawit as the conductor.

Crystal Agsaway, a child of an ARB in Rizal won the on-the-spot poster making contest in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and was chosen as the regional entry.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer (PARO) Edaņo Canao said the celebration aimed to create awareness, manage knowledge and promote innovation among agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARB) and their children, young farmers, and support organizations of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).

The fair carried the national theme: Enterprising Agrarian Reform Communities: Creating jobs, empowering farmers, and ensuring food security, the Kalinga entries adopted the sub-theme: Economic Security (Household); Economic Vitality (Community).

Bengwayan revealed this was their first time to participate in the song writing competition and poster-making contest. "Though we had only two weeks to prepare, we have to do our best and adopt concepts that truly represents how the Cordillerans feel about the benefits of the CARP program," she quipped.

The song, which means "wish/appeal from the people" sealed hope for a bright future and is timely when Congress approved the 5-year extension of CARP.

The poster depicts the prime thrust of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP), which is land distribution to the landless, particularly in answer to the Cordillerans' clamor for land ownership.

Agsaway made significant illustration on how CARP was being fast tracked under the Arroyo administration; how ARBs are inspired to live by tilling the land they own; and the continued support of DAR through its ancillary services.

On the commercialization of the CD, BARBD and DAR shall have the exclusive rights to the use of the composition locally and internationally. The Bureau of the Department shall retain ten percent (10%) of any and all sums actually received from the mechanical, performance printed, publishing rights, motion pictures and video synchronization pertinent to the competition, and monetary awards received from the participation in international festivals. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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