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THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF DAYAW FESTIVAL NATIONAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLES MONTH

OCTOBER 7-9, 2011

TAGUM CITY, PHILIPPINES

Dayaw Festival opens today 3-day indigenous peoples festival to highlight richness of IP culture of the Philippines ALL ROADS LEAD TO ENERGY PARK IN APOKON, TAGUM CITY TODAY FOR THE OPENING CEREMONY OF DAYAW FESTIVAL: NATIONAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLES MONTH CELEBRATION WHICH WILL HIGHLIGHT THE COUNTRY’S INDIGENOUS PEOPLES, CELEBRATING THEIR ARTS AND WAY OF LIFE, DISCUSS IMPORTANT ISSUES AFFECTING THEM AND GENERATE AWARENESS OF THE RICHNESS AND IMPORTANCE OF INDIGENOUS CULTURES. Tagum City Mayor Rey T. Uy designed to highlight the similarities along with his wife, Mrs. Alma L. Uy, of the Indigenous Peoples in terms the president of the City of Tagum of worldview and lifeworld --- as Tourism Council will lead the opening manifested in their traditional arts, ceremony of the festival which will be craft and other aspects of their attended by estimated by less than material cultures. The exhibit shall 400 indigenous peoples from the likewise affirm and recognize the different parts of the country. richness of the Indigenous knowledge Bigwigs from the Cultural systems and practices of the IPs. Center of the Philippines, the National Moreover, the exhibition emphasizes Commission for the Culture and the that for the Indigenous, Art and Life ENERGIZED. The Energy Park in Tagum City is all set for the opening of this Arts, the National Commission for are interconnected. This exhibit is year’s National Dayaw Festival. Shown here is the iconic site entrance Indigenous Peoples, government open to the public. and civic society Also happening today are which added new twist to the park developed by the City Government of agencies organizations are also attending the cultural interactions in several Tagum. event. venues such as the Mansaka Village After the opening program, in Barangay Pandapan, University of the symbolic opening of the Dayaw Mindanao Tagum College and Saint Exhibit will take place. The exhibit’s Mary’s College. This year’s Dayaw Festival is President Benigno S. Aquino III enjoined all venue at Energy Park features national government agencies and local government different vernacular houses as well under the auspices of the NCCA’s units as well as civic society organizations to extend as handicrafts of IP brethrens. Also Subcommission on Cultural full support by encouraging their constituents to seen in the park are masterpieces of Communities and Traditional Arts, participate in the celebration of the National renowned artist Kublai Milan. Mindanawon Foundation, the City Indigenous Peoples Festival this October 2011 The exhibit, dubbed Pag- Government of Tagum and the City through Dayaw Festival in Tagum City. alim sa Kalinaw: From Ritual to Art, of Tagum Tourism Council. DAYAW With Presidential Proclamation No. 1906, s. Linking Art and Life, the exhibit is REPORTORIAL TEAM 2009 as basis, PNoy through Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa, Jr. signed Memorandum Circular No. 22, s. 2011 dated September 29 this year. As a response, the forum dubbed as “Usapang Dangal at Likhang Paghayag” will draw participation from important national line agencies which will have a direct response to the issues and Through the initiative of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the IP concerns faced by the indigenous peoples. Month has been celebrated throughout the years. Previous IP month festivals were observed Members of the media both national and local in key cities in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. In 2007, Kalimudan: Panaghiusa sa Mindanao will also have the chance to participate in a was held in Davao City. The following year, Timpuyog was celebrated in Santiago City, Isabela special colloquium to be held today, October initiated by the NCCA Committee on Northern Cultural Communities. After Timpuyog, Roxas 7, 2009 where they will meet IP leaders and City in Capiz hosted Dungog 2009 which was able to convene 40 ethnic groups. At Roxas cultural masters. Like other national line City, the formulation of the Dungog Declaration was signed by all IP Leaders. This document agencies, they will also be asked to ask for contains issues and concerns that the IP wanted to be addressed as well as their hopes of a commitment to advance the cause of the having equal rights, improved ancestral land protection, education and livelihood. Last year’s indigenous peoples. DAYAW REPORTORIAL TEAM IP Month Festival was held in Metro Manila. This year, Tagum takes the lead.

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Paghahabi Ng ating Pagkakatulad tungo sa KAPAYAPAAN Sa pagbubukas ng Dayaw Festival ngayong araw sa Lungsod ng Tagum, masasaksihan ng publiko ang napakayamang kultura ng ating mga katutubo na naninirahan sa iba’t ibang sulok ng Pilipinas. Isa itong importanteng okasyon para mapalawak ang kaalaman ng mga Pilipino sa mga tradisyon at kultura ng ating mga ninuno at ito’y pahalagahan. Sa pagtitipon ng mga pinuno ng iba’t ibang katutubong grupo ng bansa, maipapakita nila sa buong mundo ang kanilang pagpapahalaga sa kanilang kinagisnang kultura. Tayo ay nakikiisa sa pagmamalaki ng kanilang napakayamang tradisyon at kultura. Ang kanilang kultura, sining at pagkamalikhain ay nagpapatunay na tayo ay isang bansang angat sa iba at mga taong biniyayaan ng angking galing at talino. Ang okasyong ito ay isang napakahalagang okasyon na nagdidiin sa ating pagkakatulad. Tama si Commissioner Joycie Alegre nang sinabi n’yang “gayong sa paunang tanaw ay mistulang ang ating kanya-kanyang kulturang lokal ay magkakaiba, sa malalimang pagpapahalaga at pag-unawa, ating matatanto na tayo ay may pagkakatulad at nagtatagpo-tagpo sa pagbuo ng ating kasaysayang pambansa.” Sana’y maging tulay ang okasyong ito na ating mapalawak ang ating kaalaman at pagpapahalaga sa mga kapatid nating katutubo. Ito’y hindi makakamit ng iisang tao lamang. Tayong lahat ay may papel na gagampanan sa pagkamit ng adhikaing ito. Ipatuloy at ipahayag natin ang mabuti at maganda sa ating tinubuang sangkapuluan at kultura! Patingkarin natin ang ating pagkakaisa. Ialay natin ito sa sangkatauhan ng panahon ngayon at sa kinabukasan upang ang ating daigdig ay maging tunay na mapayapang tahanan para sa ating lahat. Ang survival ng kultura at tradisyon ng ating mga katutubo ang susi sa survival ng kultura at tradisyon ng Pilipinas kaya marapat lamang na tayo’y makiisa sa pangangalaga ng unti-unting nakakalimutang tradisyon at kultura. Ang ating pagpapahalaga sa bawat isa -- maging katutubo ka man o hindi -- and s’yang susi. Sa kabila ng ating pagkakaiba, dapat nating tandaan na tayo’y mga Pilipino. Sabay-sabing nating habiin ang ating pagkakaiba tungo sa minimithing kaayusan at kapayapaan.

IP CLUSTERS REGION 1 Iloko/ Bago Bolinao/ Pangasinense Gaddang/ Isinay, Tinggian/ Itneg REGION 2 Ibanag/ Yogad/ Itawit/ Malaweg Ivatan/ Itbayat Bungkalot, Isnag REGION 3 Ayta of Tarlac, Pampanga, Bataan and Zambales Kapampangan/ Tagalog/ Sambal REGION 4 Mangyan Palawani/ Molbog Jama Mapun Tagbanua/ Pala’wan/ Agutaynen/ Cuyunon Batak REGION 5 Agta/ Ita/ Kabihug, Bikolano REGION 6 AW of Guimaras/ Iloilo, AW of AnWque/ Aklan AW of Negros Occidental, Sulod/ Bukidnon Ilonggo/ Hiligaynon/ Kiniray‐a/ Aklanon REGION 8 Waray BASILAN & REGION 9 Yakan/ Sama‐ Bangingi, Subanen/ Kolibugan REGIONS 10 Manobo, Bukidnon/ Higaonon/ Talaandig/ MaWgsalug REGION 11 Bagobo, Mandaya/ Mansaka/ Dibabawon, Manguangan, Kalagan/ Tagakaolo/ Mansaka/ Kagan REGION 12 T’boli, Blaan/ Sangir, Teduray/ Arumanen REGION 13: Mamanwa,Kamayo/ Banwaon/ Manobo/ Higaonon ARMM Maranao/ Magindanao/ Iranon Sama, Tausug CAR Kalinga, Kalanguya/ Ifugao, Ibaloy/ Kankanaey, Balangao/ Bontok/ Applai


Tagum City

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With barely one month to prepare, the City Government of Tagum through the City of Tagum Tourism Council seemed like crossed the rubicon upon accepting the thought-provoking challenge it had faced so far: the hosting of this year’s National Dayaw Festival. Like a good soldier who is always ready to go to battle, this city famous for its palms and music had indeed catapulted itself as the rising convention hub in the Philippines. Fresh from its successful hosting of the 3rd International Rondalla Festival: Cuerdas sa Pagkakaysa, Tagum City is in the spotlight once again as it brings to its soil 440 leaders and cultural masters of the different indigenous groups in the Philippines. Some believe that it’s impossible for this city to host it because of time constraint but the commitment and dedication of its people MAYOR REY T. UY proved them wrong. With the dynamic leadership of Mayor Rey T. Uy along with his wife Alma, who sits as the president of the City of Tagum Tourism Council, the painstaking work of organizing this national event took place. Pressured in a way, The Tagum team along with the help of the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts’ Subcommission on Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts and Mindanawon Foundation had gained a significant headway to stage this event which will kick-off today at its sprawling site in Energy Park. But more than its readiness to accept the challenge, its cultural roots make it as the perfect host for this year’s indigenous peoples Tagum is considered home to many indigenous peoples like the month celebration. Mansaka, Mandaya, Dibabawon and Ka’gan. Each year, the city came to a livelier pace as it hosts the Kaimunan Festival and the Pakaradjan Festival which celebrates the culture, tradition and the ingenuity of both the IPs and the Muslims, respectively. This dates back to Tagum’s colorful history. There is no official record Affirming Our Commonalities, as to the origin and meaning of the name Tagum, but a legend explains how Advancing a Culture of Peace the name Magugpo, Tagum City’s former name, came about. At the beginning, Magugpo was nothing but a vast wilderness, inhabited by the Mansakas, The DAYAW Exhibit is designed to highlight the Manguangans, Mandayas and the Kalagans in the coastal barangays. The name similarities of the Indigenous Peoples in terms of Magugpo was derived from the native word mago, a name of certain tree, and worldview and lifeworld --- as manifested in their the ugpo means very high. According to legend, the natives were occupying a traditional arts, craft and other aspects of their material cultures. The exhibit shall likewise affirm river basin inside the thickly covered forest where they could not even see the and recognize the richness of the Indigenous sun. knowledge systems and practices of the IPs. Tagum is generally peaceful, making it as one of the top reasons for Moreover, the exhibition emphasizes that for the the city to host the event. Last September 8, 2011 in New Delhi, India, the Indigenous, Art and Life are interconnected. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) A collection of art pieces, artifacts and other culturally significant items shall be exhibited under conferred to the city its first international award: Honorable Mention of the the following six sub-themes: King Sejong International Prize for Literacy for its Peace Management Literacy and Continuing Education Program. This, among many awards, is the result of the corporate governance the Uy administration espoused which greatly 1) HABI- Weaving, Textiles and Garbs; contributed to the realization of a peaceful society. 2) GAMA’- Mats, Baskets, Bamboo craft, 3) HUNI - Musical Instruments The coming days is a challenge for Tagum. But organizers here believe 4) DALIT - Traditional Culinary that with the cooperation of everyone, everything will be in place. For this, 5) BANTUG - Carvings, Pottery and Metal Craft Tagum City is a force to reckon with. 6) WALAI - Vernacular Architecture

The heritage of the Indigenous Peoples is the heritage of the Filipino People.

Pag-alim saKalinaw

Editor’s Note: Pag-alim sa Kalinaw Exhibit opens today. The exhibit can be viewed by the public for free at Energy Park in Apokon, Tagum City. The exhibit is curated by Mr. Nestor Horfilla with the help of other curators from University of Mindanao- Tagum College


ONLINEVIRUS One of the notable features one can see upon entering the Energy Park in Tagum City (this year’s main venue of the Dayaw Festival: National Indigenous Peoples Festival) are the group of installation of renowned Dabawenyo Artist Kublai Milan. This “aviary” masterpieces set a distinct symbolism to the world of carrying on the dream and bringing it to a higher notch. An iconic symbol for the dreams of the country’s indigenous peoples, this is a fitting design which sends a message to all of us: the dream of our indigenous peoples for peace is also our dream. As such, like the flight of birds, the journey towards a peaceful society lies on all of us.

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MAHITABOKARON DAYAW FESTIVAL’S OPENING PROGRAM at 8 AM, Energy Park OPENING OF THE DAYAW EXHIBIT at 10 AM, Energy Park CULTURAL INTERACTIONS IN TAGUM CITY at 1-4 PM, Various Sites DAYAW COLLOQIUM, 2 PM, BFAD (inside Energy Park) KAIMONAN FESTIVAL SHOWCASE, 4PM, University of Southeastern Philippines

MAHITABOUGMA TRADITIONAL GAMES starting at 8:30 AM, Energy Park CULTURAL EXCHANGE starting at 9:00 AM, Various Sites FORUM SESSIONS continued at 1:30 AM, DepEd Conference Hall MALL PERFORMANCES at 3:30 PM, Identified Malls in Davao City

PUBLISHED BY THE TAGUM CITY INFORMATION OFFICE


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