Mayor Manny Fermin said the town’s rich culture and traditions bind the people of Kapangan them as family and society.
“In this kind of event, we show to the world that we are proud of what we are, inheriting the good indigenous practices that should be carried on from generation to generation, and inculcating our practices especially to the young generations of today,” Fermin said.
“There is a big challenge now because of modern technology. We see our youth preoccupied with gadgets like cellphones and the internet that is why I recommend most especially in the family and in schools to talk about and practice our customs and traditions,” he added.
The mayor said he is honored in displaying and wearing the native attire like the g-string on special occasions, and he hopes to instill to the community the proper wearing of the native attire, and performing ethnic dances and rituals.
The people of Kapangan belong to two linguistic groups, the Kankanaey and the Ibaloy. Significantly, the two linguistic groups share common customs and traditions.
The National Indigenous People’s Month is celebrated every October as per Presidential Proclamation No. 1906.
Fermin said their IP Month celebration will be now institutionalized thru a municipal ordinance. (JDP/JBZ- PIA CAR)
By Joseph B. Zambrano