December 26, 2010 in Uncategorized
By ALMA SINUMLAG
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) has approved 10 Schools of Living Traditions (SLT) in this province this year.
Claire Prudencio, an Ibaloi, Kankana-ey representative to NCCA said in an interview last December 21 that this project aims to preserve the diminishing aspects of culture specifically food, arts and crafts. She added that these should be passed on to the younger generation to insure its continuity and to preserve it.
This is also according to NCCA SLT guidelines is a response to the call of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for the preservation of cultural heritage by preserving it in a living form and ensuring its transmission to the next generations.
NCCA is approving SLTs per phase. The pre phase consists of 15 students and it will continually increase as they step into higher phases. Prudencio added that the approval depends on the development on the evaluation of the monitoring team. If they (the students) can already stand on their own, it will be their initiative to continue the project and share the knowledge to more young people.
In Buguias, there are three SLTs approved. These are Amgaleygey, Buguias, Benguet SLT on Kankana-ey Performing Arts which is still on phase one. Another is the Balili, Sebang, Buguias, Benguet SLT on Kankana-ey Tapuey-Making which is already in Phase two. The third is the Dontog, Poblacion, Buguias, Benguet SLT on Binubudan Traditional Food Preparation which is also in phase two. Kakaiw Binubudan is a Kankana-ey traditional food made from cassava which is mixed with bubod (fermenting agent).
NCCA also approved Loakan, Baguio City and Tadiangan, Tuba’s SLTs on Ibaloi Performing Arts.
Kapangan, Benguet has two SLTs on Performing Arts and they are both in their phase two. These are Kankana-ey Performing Arts and Ibaloi Performing Arts.
Moreover, Lower Wangal, La Trinidad has also reached phase two in their SLT on Ibaloi Performing Arts.
On crafts, Carao, Bokod is in its phase one in their SLT on Ibaloi Bamboo and Rattan Crafts. Moreover, Tawangan, Kabayan has an SLT on making Kalanguya Musical drum and Wooden crafts which has already reached phase two. Prudencio said, Bamboo and Rattan crafts are no longer practiced nowadays and unfortunately, the art of making the said crafts was not passed on to the young people. This according to her is the reason why the Indigenous Peoples Organization in Carao initiated the SLT.
On the other hand, Balili, Sebang, Buguias SLT on Tapuey making and Dontog, Poblacion, Buguias SLT on Kakaiw Binubudan will be finishing phase two this month and will be holding a graduation program on December 27.
Meanwhile, three festivals were also approved namely Alibay (thanksgiving) di Badang which was initiated by the Buguias Ancestral Domain Alternative for the Natives Governance (BADANG); Anitap ed Kapangan 2010 through the initiative of the municipal government of Kapangan; Tuba Pansakatan (Good Luck) tan Kagam-es (Thanksgiving) Festival 2010, also through the initiatives of the municipal government of Tuba.
The Anitap ed Kapangan is in its 2nd year of assistance. All the SLTs and the festivals has a total assistance amount of P2,018,300.00. #nordis.net