Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Kannawidan ti Amianan: A Cultural Exchange and a Tribute to Living Treasures

It has been a little over a year now when I conceptualized and implemented a project called Kannawidan Exchange. It was entitled Kannawidan ti Amianan: A Cultural Exchange and a Tribute to Living Treasures. This was part of the capability & network building project of the Iloko/Bago cluster of the National Committee of the Northern Cultural Communities of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). 


Since I got the information that two Ilokano traditional artists were awarded with the most prestigious Gawad Manlilikha ng Bayan (GAMABA) by no less than President Benigno Aquino III at Malacanang on November of 2012, I got a big reason to organize and celebrate this event in the community. 


It was a way to give them a tribute and let the public know and celebrate their excellence in their craft. National Living Treasures Magdalena Gamayo of Pinili is master inabel weaver represented by Mayor Samuel Pagdilao and Teofilo Garcia of Abra is master kattukong maker represented by daughter Carol Garcia. They are the pride of the Ilocano cultural community. 


I also gave recognition to local living treasures namely Paulina Rangcapan, a master potter from San Nicolas and Maria Cagat, master inabel weaver from the town of Paoay who are equally dedicated and have excelled in their respective crafts. 

Cultural masters from the School of Living Traditions for playing Tambor and Pito that include Dr. Venus Taylan, Jessie Cecil Munar, Samuel Bartolome and Felicitas Guillermo were given commendations on the same occasion. 


Same goes through with cultural organizations namely Tawid Cultural Troupe and Samiweng Singers were given recognition for their achievements, contributions and efforts to promote the Ilocano folk songs and dances. 

Several performances were made by the participants that included Tingguians of Nueva Era, Yapayaos of Dumalneg, Isnag of Carasi, indigenous youths of La Union, Ilocanos and tamboreros of Ilocos Norte. 


There were chanting, rituals and ethnic dances by the IP groups; and folk songs, dances, tambor ken pito and dallot from the Ilocano group. Aside from Samiweng, San Nicolas Male Choir also rendered a number. This project was in partnership with City Government of San Nicolas headed by Mayor Alfredo Valdez, Jr.