ROXAS CITY, Capiz – Preparations are underway for the Capiz’ hosting of the Philippine International Indigenous People’s (IPs) Festival in October.
Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Officer Alphonsus Tesoro said the event dubbed as “Dayaw” will gather 400 participants from about 100 ethnolinguistic communities in the country.
“This is the second time that Capiz will host this national Indigenous People’s Month festival,” said Tesoro, who is also the Commissioner on Subcommission on Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts-National Committee on Central Cultural Communities of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA).
He added that the “Dayaw” celebration here on October 8 to 10 will focus on the intangible cultural heritage such as song, dance and oral tradition performances, traditional games, traditional cuisine and traditional crafts, among others.
“There will also be forum, conferences, outreach performances and craft demonstration in the different towns in Capiz and Aklan as part of our advocacies for public awareness in the need to preserve the heritage of IPs,” he said.
Tesoro stressed the importance of preserving and safeguarding the IP heritage and the need to make the public especially the children understand the diverse cultures in the country and improve the dignity and respect of children to the IPs.
“The forum will tackle issues and concerns, such as on basic services, ancestral domain and the like, that are affecting our IPs,” he said.
He also urged the public to join in various activities conducted by the different local government units in view of the IP month celebration for them to help promote the welfare of the IPs. (PIA/Capiz)