By ANDREA MANEGDEG, MARY CRISTY PADAWIL, LEO LINMAYOG, STACY LEIGH LUNGBANAN, PRECIOUS COPA, MELSIE PANGOWON, HARPER CALABIAS, ANIESELLE AWAO, ROJAN DANGGA, CHARISSE VICENTE, MJOY PAYCOWAN, AGNAYAN SHAL, AMYGIE FALYAO
SAGADA, Mountain Province — Students from secondary and elementary schools of Mountain Province participated in the summer youth cultural arts and disaster risk management workshop here at Bangaan National High School from April 10-14 this year.
One hundred twenty seven students from Sagada, Besao, Natonin, Paracelis, Bauko and Tadian attended five workshops; visual arts, theater and dance, journalism and broadcast, music and indigenous instruments, and disaster preparedness. The activity was conducted by Katribu and the Tangguyob Peoples Center for Peace and Development with the purpose to help in the development of the youth as champions of indigenous peoples rights and future leaders.
The theater and dance workshop was facilitated by Loreta Bulan, Edwin Quinsayos, Joanna Melody Leior, and Jay del Rosario from Manila-based arts groups Sinag Bayan and Karatula.
Twenty five students attended the emergency response workshop done under the guidance of Vicente Lagunday of the Philippine Olympics Committee and the Sagada Environmental Guides Association (SEGA). Students learned first aid on cardio pulmonary resuscitation and improvisation of splints and stretchers.
The workshop on music and indigenous instruments – gongs, tungngatong, saggaypu, and balingbing- was conducted with the guidance of Julius Daguitan and Crisanto Pangod of the Dap-ayan ti Kultural ti Kordilyera.
Organizer of the training activity and Tangguyob officer in charge Gwen Longid- Gaongen said participants to the music and theater workshops shall be performing what they learned during the Cordillera Day at Guinaang, Bontoc on April 22 and 23.
Twenty seven students learned basics on journalism with the guidance of Kimberlie Quitasol of Northern Dispatch and Gina Dizon of Northern Philippine Times. Creative writing and radio broadcast was facilitated by Camille Cruz and Bonnie Ruiz of the Concerned Artists of the Philippines.
The activity was sponsored by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, Province of East Flanders- New World, Congresswoman Cynthia Villar, Mountain Province Congressman Maximo Dalog, DPWH Under Secretary Roy Manao, Montanosa Research and Development Center, National Food Authority, Salt and Pepper, and individuals Alexander Amiyan and Stephanie Murray. # nordis.net