|Young Balangao men from Mountain Province play the gong|
Said to be biggest gathering of Philippine indigenous peoples (IP) by far, Dayaw 2014: The Indigenous Peoples Festival, annually held by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), will showcase traditional cuisines, games, rituals, dances, songs, practices and crafts in an effort to engender wider awareness and appreciation for indigenous cultures, which are constantly under threat of vanishing. It will also serve as a venue for different indigenous groups to interact with each other and to learn from one another as well as to express their views on issues concerning them.
In previous years, Dayaw gathered indigenous peoples in one venue. This year, it will be held in three different venues in the three major island clusters of the country.
Organized by the Subcommission on Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts (SCCTA), one of the four subcommissions of the NCCA, in partnerships with different government agencies, local governments, non-governmental organizations and private companies, Dayaw 2014 will have the theme “Katutubong Filipino Para sa Kalikasan at Kapayapaan,” or indigenous Filipino for the environment and peace, to emphasize the effects of environmental degradation and conflicts on indigenous peoples.
“It is sad to note that while our IPs contribute the least with respect to carbon emissions due to their simple and sustainable lifestyles and practices, they are most affected by the consequences of climate change. As we work on measures to better protect the environment and conserve our biodiversity, I urge our IPs to continue to be the primary guardians of the environment,” said senator Loren Legarda during the press conference on September 29, 2014.
The chair of the Senate Committee on Cultural Communities, Legarda has been supportive of indigenous cultures, and she expressed support for the Dayaw festival.
“Our indigenous peoples never fail to amaze me. Whenever I visit a province and go to IP communities, I always discover marvelous things about our culture and heritage like intricately woven fabrics, cultural songs, chants and dances that narrate the story of our ancestors, and the distinct way of life that our indigenous peoples, who are our culture-bearers, strive to preserve,” she related. “We have a very rich culture. I salute our indigenous peoples for preserving our culture and I thank the NCCA, led by chair Jun De Leon, for always showcasing our indigenous heritage through the Dayaw Festival.”
Legarda also assured that she is working on other measures that will benefit indigenous peoples and their communities such as bills filed in the senate for the welfare of IPs and for cultural preservation including the Ethnic Origin Act; Department of Culture Act; Traditional Property Rights of IPs Act; Equal Employment Opportunities for IPs Act; Resource Centers for IPs Act; and Anti-Religious and Racial Profiling Act. She also works hand in hand with the National Museum of the Philippines in highlighting traditional crafts. In particularly, she is supportive of the country’s weaving traditions, helping create the Hibla ng Lahing Filipino: Traditional Philippine Textile Gallery at the National Museum, which opened in 2012.
Traditional textile weaving will be seen live at the Dayaw events as well as the making of other crafts and more.
|Kalinga weaver Cecilia Aweng from Lubuagan, Kalinga|
|Kalinga men in traditional attire in Lubuagan|
|Itneg couple in traditional attire in Namarabar, Penarrubia, Abra|
Under the auspices of the National Committee on Central Cultural Communities, headed Alphonsus Tesoro, the Dayaw in the Visayas will be held from November 10 to 11 in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, also in partnership with Negros Cultural Foundation, Inc. It will highlight the indigenous groups of central Philippines including the Ati, Panay Bukidnon, Waray, Abaknon, Hiligaynon and Cebuano.
In Mindanao, Dayaw will be held from November 6 to 7 in Zamboanga City, in partnership with the Zamboanga City Indigenous Peoples Council of Leaders and under the auspices of the National Committee on Southern Cultural Communities, headed by Al-Anwar Anzar, who is also the head of the SCCTA. It will be participated in by indigenous groups of southern Philippines including the Yakan, Subanen, Manobo, Higaonon, Bagobo, Mandaya, Mansaka, B’laan, Sangir, Ata Manobo, T’boli, Teduray, Arumanen, Mamanwa, Maranao, Magindanao, Iranun and Tausug.
|Bilaan children of Datal Tampal, Malungon, Sarangani, dancing|
|Panay Bukidnon performer of Calinog, Iloilo|