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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Sep 29, 2015

Sen. Loren Legarda Presents 'Dayaw', A 6-Part Documentary On Our Indigenous People, On ANC Starting October 1

OCTOBER IS National Indigenous Peoples’ Month and Sen. Loren Legarda presents a six-part documentary series on indigenous peoples and culture titled “Dayaw” to be shown Thursdays starting tomorrow, October 1, 6:00 pm, on ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC). Dayaw is a project of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and ANC, supported by the Office of Sen. Legarda.
“The promotion of our indigenous culture is an advocacy close to my heart,” she says. “We have to learn and relearn our traditions and love our heritage. Through this documentary series, I hope that Filipinos will appreciate our indigenous communities and embrace our unique culture and tradition. This is important in nation building as it provides better understanding of our identity and we get to explore our different communities.”

Dayaw, hosted by Legarda, explores the facets that bind Filipino indigenous peoples. For the first episode tomorrow, Dayaw will show how IPs, particularly of Palawan and Ifugao, value the forest and how this respect for the environment has led to the judicious use of natural resources. The second episode delves into how our IPs look at their land as a source of myth and storytelling. It will feature the Hudhud Chants of Ifugao, the Darangen of the Maranao people, and the Basal ensemble of Palawan. Episode 3 will show how our IPs use practical arts in their day-to-day lives, such as boat building, terracing and metal-casting; while Episode 4 is about our women weavers and the art of weaving. Episode 5 shows how IP knowledge on architecture is vital in the restoration and rebuilding of heritage structures, including those damaged during the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Bohol in 2013. The final episode is a roundtable discussion honoring the Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan Awardees (GAMABA) and their descendants who will continue the traditions for the next generation.