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Cordillerans join IP month celebration in Capiz

by GG Dumallig

Roxas City, Capiz (17 October) -- Highlighting the celebration of Indigenous Peoples (IP) Month this October, the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in partnership with the provincial government of Capiz under the leadership of Governor Victor Tanco, spearheaded the Dungog: Indigenous Peoples Festival 2009 recently.

Held at the Villareal Stadium in Roxas City, Capiz from October 2 to 6, the Dungog (a Hiligaynon term meaning dignity) Festival, is the first indigenous month celebration that brought together 65 ethno-linguistic groups along with 24 IP leaders and 38 cluster heads from all over the country with several Asian leaders attending the event.

Sub-commission on Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts (SCCTA) Commissioner Domingo A. Bakilan said that instead of focusing on the ethno-linguistic groups of the Visayan Region, the SCCTA-NCCA opted to include the ethno-linguistic groups from Luzon and Mindanao to participate in the week-long activity.

This enriching celebration of peace, gathered these groups who participated in the cultural exchange highlighting significant aspects of the IP's way of life, both material and non-material culture and tradition that were showcased through cultural performances, inter-active workshops and demonstrations of traditional houses, crafts and cuisines, fora, and traditional game exhibitions.

Taking center stage during the festival were 17 ethno-linguistic communities.

From Luzon were the Gaddang of Paracelis, Mt. Province ; Kankana-ey of Benguet; Ifugao; Kalinga; Jama Mapun; Palawani and Molbog; Pala'wan of Palawan; Mangyan of Mindoro and the Agta/Ita of Camarines Sur.

From the Visayas, featured were the Lineyte/Samarnon; Panay Bukidnon; Ati; and the Akeanon, Hiligaynon and Kinaray-a of Western Visayas.

Fatured from Mindanao are the Bagobo of Davao; Subanen of Zamboanga del Sur; Tausog from Sulu and the Sama of Tawi-tawi.

Considered historical during the event is the signing of Presidential Proclamation Order 1906, declaring the month of October every year as 'National Indigenous People's Month' by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on October 5, 2009 and the naming of Capiz as a culture friendly province.

Through the leadership NCCA Executive Director Cecile Guidote-Alvarez, this is the third time that the NCCA spearheaded a festival in recognition to the indigenous peoples. The first festival dubbed as Kalimudan: Panaghi-usa sa Mindanao was held in November 2007 in Davao City followed by the Timpuyog Festival, an Indigenous Peoples Celebration in Luzon in Santiago City, Isabela in October 2008. (PIA Kalinga) [top]

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