UB holds second Luzon Culture, Arts Festival

 Cultural dance performances of Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, and Mt. Province were showcased during the event. Here, the youth cultural group

Ayyoweng di Gangsa leads a performance. The Ibaloy group Onjon ni Ivadoy and the Ifugao group Mumbayah also performed at the event. 

(Photo: Rene Pascua/UB-MAP) 




The University of Baguio Alumni Foundation Inc. (UBAFI) once again staged the Luzon Culture and Arts Festival at the UB Gym last March 14. 


The activity, which seeks to “promote the native culture that existed and thrived in the Cordillera”, was highlighted by a cañao (thanksgiving celebration) participated in by the UB community. The cultural dances of Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, and Mt. Province were showcased at the event. 


Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan performed an uggayam (ritual chant) after the cañao


Conceptualized using the framework of multi-cultural education, the activity is part of the UBAFI program which banners the theme “Multiculturalism and Ethnic Identity: Experiencing Authenticity in the City”. The program aims to “bring together the students of the Cordilleras in Baguio to celebrate their culture by participating in the cultural and arts activities.” 


Funded by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the program was organized in cooperation with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples and the University of Baguio Research and Development Center headed by Dr. Rhoda Basco-Galangco.


A series of activities that showcase of the art and culture of the six provinces of the Cordillera Administrative Region will run until December this year as part of the program.


The program is premised on UB founder Dr. Fernando “Tatay” Bautista’s appreciation of the Igorot culture: “…to the end that the native culture be allowed to flourish unhampered among the Igorots, to the end that this culture be further enriched and given more impetus for wholesome growth, and to the end that positive ways be sought to galvanize worthy groups with high ideals and great potentialities, this university will exert more than casual efforts.”


Tatay was conferred the title “The Great Kaafuan” (“The Great Leader”) by the Province of Benguet in 1999, signifying his adoption by the Benguet people and their recognition of his contribution not only to the people of Benguet but to the entire Cordillera region as well.




A ceremonial pig butchering is performed at the start of the activity.

(Photo: Rene Pascua/UB-MAP) 



Elders from the different ethnic groups and cultural organizations in CAR participated the activity. IP representatives from IP agencies in

the region also attended the event. (Photo: Rene Pascua/UB-MAP)



Members of the youth cultural group Ayyoweng di Gangsa (Photo: Rene Pascua/UB-MAP)



Engr. Eleazer Demayo, president of the UB Alumni Foundation Inc. (left), takes part in a performance of tayaw at the UB grounds. 

(Photo: Rene Pascua/UB-MAP)



The cañao involves the butchering of native pig and feeding the community. The pig meat is cooked in large pans over an open fire.

(Photo: Rene Pascua/UB-MAP)



(Photo: Rene Pascua/UB-MAP)



In IP communities, messages during celebrations are shared and conveyed through an uggayam (chant). Here, Mayor Mauricio

Domogan, an Igorot himself, performs an uggayam. (Photo: Rene Pascua/UB-MAP)



An elder from the Isnag tribe of Apayao (Photo: Rene Pascua/UB-MAP)



Headgears used in the performance of ritual dances (Photo: Rene Pascua/UB-MAP) 








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