The NCCA spearheads this year’s IP Month celebration with the theme, “Buhay na Dunong: Pagkatuto Kasama ang mga Katutubo” (Vital Wisdoms: Learning with the Indigenous People).
Following the IP Month launching at their central office in Manila last October 2, the NCCA is now leading the “Dayaw” media caravan to encourage the different IP communities in the country to join them in the celebration.
NCCA Sub-commission on Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts (SCCTA) Head Elmaylyn Albatayo, in a press conference at Paragon Hotel here, said a national IP forum dubbed as “Kalkali” (Kankana-ey word for conversation”) at Maryhill School of Theology, Quezon City on October 28 – 29 will highlight the celebration.
The forum aims to gather IP groups/tribes for a sharing of indigenous culture and experiences as well as to hear issues and concerns and to craft possible solutions especially on intangible cultural heritage.
Intangible cultural heritages, as identified by UNESCO are grouped into five domains namely oral traditions and expressions; performing arts; social practices, rituals and festive events; knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe, and traditional craftsmanship.
SCCTA Vice Head Dr. Abubacar Datumanong explained the importance of looking into the challenges of preserving the country’s Intangible Cultural Heritages and on passing it to the younger generations.
Citing the country’s “oral” tradition, Datumanong shared that of the around 120 to 187 different local/indigenous languages in the country, two are already dead and around 40 are already in danger of extinction.
“We need proper transmission of knowledge especially on intangible indigenous tradition,” he stressed.
The Baguio press conference was the second leg of the NCCA Dayaw caravan after San Fernando Pampanga.
The NCCA Dayan caravan team, which also include SCCTA Executive Cluster member Rebecca Sudan, is set to visit Iloilo City on October 8 and Bacolod City on October 9 for the Visa as leg of the caravan then to the cities of Davao and Zamboanga on October 15 and 17, respectively, for the Mindanao leg.
For more information about the “Kalkali” IP forum, interested person or group can contact NCCA Public Affairs and Information Section under Mr. Rene Napeñas at 527 – 2192 (local 625) or 09285081057. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)
By Carlito C. Dar