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Karulano leader represents Kabankalan City in IP Festival 2009

Bacolod City (7 October) -- Kabankalan City Councilor Jorge Largado, a Karulano tribe leader in Brgy. Carol-an represented the city in the 3rd "Dungog" Indigenous Peoples Festival 2009 of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts in Roxas City, Capiz recently.

Largado was also the concurrent chairman of the IPs 66 nation-wide consultative bodies and national vice-president interim body for the Visayas.

Around 110 tribes participated in the festival held at the Villareal stadium attended by thousands of students, teachers and visitors from the province and many parts of the country.

Featured in the festival were rituals and chants, indigenous games, interactive workshops, forums, performances, intercultural exchange, traditional houses and cuisine, interactive demonstrations and exhibit of cultural products.

The opening program started with rituals of Kalinga-Luzon, Panay Bukidnon-Visayas and the Bagobo-Mindanao that interpreted the song "How Great Thou Art" in their own dialect.

In his message, Capiz Gov. Victor Tanco urged Filipinos to see the beauty of each other's culture, to show their inner beauty and strength to the world to achieve a more meaningful existence.

Meanwhile, National Commission for Culture and Arts Executive Director Cecile Guidote-Alvarez said she does not want IPs to be marginalized but to be given acknowledgement and due respect as our brothers and sisters. Alvarez led the oath-taking of the IPs to value the "katutubong kalinangan."

"The festival has definitely achieved its goal to celebrate the richness of IPs' unique culture and allowing a cultural exchange that will foster deeper cultural understanding on the role of the IP's community in Eco-Tourism," Alvarez said.

Constructed in the vast grounds of the stadium were the IPs' traditional houses made mostly from nipa and bamboo. Tied together with the use of bamboo and rattan strips, these native houses can withstand typhoons, according to an IP delegate.

The Balangaw, a showcase of Visayan performing arts, featured the Sinadya Chorale, PMRMS children choir and UP-Leyte Chorale. A Komedya of Kinaray-a, a musical presentation in the vernacular that includes acting, dancing and singing from a group in Antique also presented a number.

"It's inspiring that the young people in the audience have enjoyed the cultural presentations of their ancestors," Capiz Tourism Officer Alphonso Tesoro said.*(Kabankalan City/PIA/EAD) [top]

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