Sat, 23 Mar 2019

SAN FERNANDO CITY, Oct. 31 (PIA) - The Philippine Information Agency in Region 1 along with the six other regions in Luzon will launch its photo exhibit dubbed "Of Natives and Narratives."

"The simultaneous photo exhibit in the seven regions of Luzon is part of collaborative project to help raise the awareness, foster appreciation and promote preservation of the different culture and tradition peculiar to each region," Jennilyne Role, PIA-1 regional director, said.

She added, "The National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) have partnered with PIA as we inform and develop awareness on the significance of culture in general and Ilokano culture to be specific".

Said exhibit will display the photos of different indigenous people and ethnic groups in the different provinces of Luzon.

It will likewise highlight the importance and richness of the indigenous culture promoting a deeper awareness and appreciation of the intangible cultural heritage while empowering communities.

Among those that will be featured in region for the photo exhibit are 'Pamulinawen', an Ilocano song in a festival of Laoag City, the popular inabel clothing and its process through the 'Binatbatan' festival of Vigan City, 'gangsa', popular instrument played by the 'Bago' groups during the annual 'Begnas' or thanksgiving celebration, among others.

In the region, the launching will coincide with a forum on Indigenous Peoples dubbed Dap-ayan para kadagiti Kapoonan ti Pagilian, IPs: Bigbigen ken Padayawan (A forum, Indigenous Peoples must be given recognition and respected) to be held in the Heritage City of Vigan.

Among the topics to be discussed will be on the situation of IPs in the region by Atty. Marvin Biligan of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) in Ilocos Sur, Katutubo Exchange Philippines by Dr. Edwin Antonio, and on the National Museum and Galleries from the officer-in-charge of the National Museum in Ilocos, Paolo Mar Chan.

"It will be an opportunity to showcase IP culture like the 'dayyeng' and 'tadek'," Imelda Rivero, PIA Ilocos Sur Information Center Coordinator, said.

'Tadek' is an indigenous dance performed by the different groups in Ilocos provinces during celebrations of victory, marriage or remembering the dead.

Meanwhile, dayyeng is humming with closed lips and with some chanting.

The launching will be the culmination of the National IP Month and the National Museum and Galleries Month this October. (JNPD/JDS/PIA-1, La Union)

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