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Capiz IP fest ends

by A. Lumaque

Roxas City (6 October) -- This year's Indigenous People's (IP) festival dubbed "Dungog" will culminate today, October 6, at the Capiz Gymnasium in Villareal Stadium here with a closing program that will comprise artistic performances and rituals.

The week-long festival aimed at "correcting negative impressions" has paved way for better and deeper cultural understanding on the role of IP cultural communities among students and visitors who witnessed the national celebration.

"A symbolic turn over rite that will announce the host of the IP festival next year will highlight the closing program," said Provincial Tourism Officer and festival director Alphonsus Tesoro.

The last day of the festival will still give a chance to guests to see the IPs way of life through the interactive demonstrations in IP houses and to ask relevant questions in order to better understand and cultivate deeper appreciation of the different aspects of living as experienced by the IP's in the past and in the present.

About 15 replicas of IP houses that include indigenous structures in highland forest, mid-land IP settlements and coastal areas were built inside the stadium as an added attraction to the various artistic performances, series of fora, traditional games exhibition, traditional healing rituals, and interactive workshops on carfts/performing arts, among others.

The festival kicked off last October 2 with a solidarity parade that was participated in by representatives of more than a hundred ethno-linguistic groups nationwide.

The celebration is being spearheaded by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts SubCommision on Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts (NCCA SCCTA) and the Capiz provincial government. (PIA) [top]

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