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Dayaw 2012: A Grand Celebration of Indigenous Cultures in Bulacan

A grand celebration and gathering of indigenous Filipino cultures will be mounted by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), led by its chairman Felipe M. De Leon Jr. and executive director Emelita V. Almosara, CESO IV, in celebration of National Indigenous Peoples’ Month.

Organized by the NCCA’s Subcommission on Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts (SCCTA), under Commissioner Joycie Dorado-Alegre, and the provincial government of Bulacan, with Joseph “Sonny” Cristobal as festival director, the Dayaw 2012: Indigenous Peoples’ Festival will be held from November 27 to 29, 2012, in Malolos, Bulacan.

With this year’s theme “Katutubong Pamumuhay, Halawan ng Aral sa Buhay” (Indigenous way of life, source of lessons in life), Dayaw 2012 will feature the different indigenous groups of the country, and an enriching and interesting array of activities including performances, rituals, forums, traditional cuisine demos, traditional games, arts and crafts exhibit and cultural tours.

Dayaw 2012 aims to highlight the importance and richness of indigenous cultures as well as the issues indigenous peoples face today. It also aims to mine traditional knowledge as well as draw inspiration and insight from indigenous ways of life to find solutions for modern problems as well as to enrich other groups of people especially the Tagalog people and residents of Metro Manila.

Numerous indigenous peoples from all over the country are expected to participate including the Gaddang, Isinay, Tinggian, Itneg, Ibanag, Yogad, Itawit, Malaweg, Ivatan, Bugkalot, Isnag, Kalinga, Ifugao, Ibaloi, Kankanaey, Balangao, Bontok, Applai, Ayta, Mangyan, Palawani, Molbog, Jama Mapun, Tagbanua, Pala’wan, Batak, Cuyunon, Agta, Ati, Panay Bukidnon, Waray, Abaknon, Yakan, Subanen, Manobo, Higaonon, Bagobo, Mandaya, Mansaka, B’laan, Sangir, Ata Manobo, T’boli, Teduray, Arumanen, Mamanwa, Maranao, Magindanao, Iranun and Tausug.

They will showcase their songs, dances and rituals during the three-day festival at the Bulacan Provincial Capitol Complex. Also, there will be Sining sa Hapag-Kainan, a food festival and cooking demo; Katutubong Laro, a demonstration of traditional games and sports; Kuwentuhan sa Sari-Sari Store, an informal forum; and Dayaw Tyange, an arts and crafts sale. The Seryosong Usapan formal forum at the PGB Gym, to be attended by members of the academe as well as indigenous leaders, will feature the topics on: 1. Community-based Tourism Program That Seeks to Provide Employment to Indigenous Peoples 2. Climate Change Issues 3. and forum discussion on the Department of Education (DepEd) Ccurriculum for Indigenous Peoples. Select indigenous groups will tour Bulacan for performances particularly at malls SM City Baliwag, SM City Marilao and Robinsons Pulilan. There will also be film showings at the PGB Gym featuring Cinemalaya films on Philippine indigenous groups. Traditional musicians will also jam with contemporary musicians including Kenyo, White Sand Band and other local bands at the PGB Gym, 2 to 3 P.M. participants will have chance to watch a tradition sarsuwela show of Bulacan entitled KAKARONG to be performed by the Barasoain Kalinangan Ensemble at PYSEACTO Bulding, Nicanor Avelrdo Auditorium. These activities will be bookended by opening and closing ceremonies.

The NCCA has been annually celebrating the National Indigenous Peoples’ Month in different parts of the country through Dayaw. The festival is in consonance with Presidential Proclamation 1906, declaring October as National Indigenous Peoples’ Month. In 2007, Kalimudan: Panaghi-usa sa Mindanao (Mindanao Indigenous Peoples’ Gathering) held in Davao City in November, featuring Mindanao’s ethnic groups. The following year, Timpuyog: Indigenous Peoples’ Month Celebration in Luzon was held in Santiago City, Isabela, focusing on Luzon ethnic groups and featuring performances, arts and crafts workshops, cultural awareness lectures, forums, tours, and a theme-park exhibition featuring the traditional houses, cultural resources, practices/rituals, chants, music, songs and dances, stories, traditional arts and crafts, indigenous games. In 2009, the Indigenous Peoples’ Festival was held in the Visayas, particularly in Roxas City, Capiz, called Dungog, with similar activities and aims. Dayaw 2010 was held in Metro Manila, and in 2011, it was held in Tagum City, Davao del Norte.

Dayaw celebrates the cultural richness of the country through its indigenous peoples. It is hoped that the festival will foster a deep appreciation of their contributions. This year’s conduit NGO is the Inter-skills Development Foundation, Incorporated and the Provincial Government of Bulacan. Ms. Marichu Tellano is the chief of the Policy/Plan Formulation and Programming Division of the NCCA, while Ms. Renee Talavera is the head of the SCCTA section.

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