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PIA Press Release
2007/04/26

Feature: Schools of living tradition at cultural villages

by Prix D Banzon

The schools of living tradition will be among the attractions that the Department of Tourism is currently undertaking in developing cultural villages around Southern Mindanao.

DOT XI regional director Sonia Garcia in an interview said cultural villages are being set up in identified tourism sites as most visitors from other countries look for cultural heritage within destinations.

She identified four villages in the Davao Region and these are the Tibolo for the Bagobo tribes in Tudaya, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur, the Ata Manobo in Talaingod, the Mulan Bulan in Little Baguio of Malita, Davao del Sur and the Mandaya in Caraga, Davao Oriental.

Inside cultural villages can be seen traditional practices of the tribes that the tourists can experience while inside the villages.

She said one may interact with the lumads and personally take part of what the tribes are practicing.

She however said that it would need a sizeable amount to really come up with the concept because part of it will be structures that could house visitors although these are structures like houses that are really the kind of houses where the tribes reside.

This is not just a showcase because in the village there will be areas where the tribes could explore their skills such as in weaving where many foreigners are interested.

She estimated that about P25 million would be needed to really put up a real cultural villages.

She said based on experience, once a lumad finishes a woven cloth it is immediately taken and they don't have stocks of the materials for other interested buyers.

"This is one area that we are considering and we will try to train others so that many of them would be skilled in weaving so it would become a source of income for them," she added. (PIA XI) [top]

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