by Kattryn Erryc Sayo
Not only was the Dayaw Festival a celebration of culture of different indigenous people in the country, it also became a center for business opportunities.
Aside from the display of talents and traditions held in the Malolos Capitol Compund last November 27 to 29, also exhibited were the well known products of various tribes which added color to the festivity.
The Dayaw Tiangge or an arts and crafts bazaar has been put up inside the Bulacan Capitol gymnasium where visitors can buy products made by the indigenous people.
Handicrafts and colorful products from the Ati of Guimaras, T’boli and Yakan of Mindanao, and other indigenous groups from Cebu and Aklan were available for sale.
The pouch bags embedded with genuine shells as well as bangles were the money-spinner for the indigenous group from Cebu. Aside from the products’ attracting color, what makes them as bestsellers is its cheap price.
Helena Caneso, a representative all the way from Cebu said that their group had gone to several events, often at seminars, and their products were really profitable.
“Naiimbitahan kami sa iba’t-ibang events, usually sa seminars. Ang last na pinuntahan namin ay Pangasinan. Marami naman kaming nabebenta, at ‘yong pouch bags talaga ang mabili, kahit dito sa Dayaw,” she said.
The T’boli is the group in the bazaar with the most number of on sale products. According to Bernadette Ofang, the president of the Klowil Kem Libun (Life of Women) organization, their group had numerous salable products because different organizations also put up stalls in the bazaar, though the products are all from their tribe in South Cotabato.
The organization she is heading, which was founded in 2004 only started to sell their products in the festival of the indigenous people last year, where the celebration was held in Tagum City, Davao del Norte. Ofang said the previous celebration also yielded high sales.
Their bestseller in this year’s celebration is the T'nalak made from abaca, although Ofang disclosed it is quite expensive. Alongside were charms, bracelets and key chains, which were in much cheaper prices.
“Mahal talaga ang tinalak, lalo na kung first class ang bibilhin at per roll. Kaya ginawa naming per meter ang bentahan. Marami naman ang tumangkilik. Pati mga small items like bracelets and keychains mabili rin,” she said.
The profit obtained from the selling of products, according to Ofang, is divided among the members of their organization. Back in South Cotabato, production of handicrafts is the main source of livelihood among the T’boli women.
Ofang was also glad to share that in their stay in Malolos for the celebration of the Dayaw festival, she can consider their products to have good sales in the market.
“Nakakatuwa kasi malaki ang potensyal ng mga products namin sa market,” she said.
Dayaw festival, the 8th annual gathering of the indigenous people, was themed this year as “Katutubong Pamumuhay, Halawan ng Aral sa Buhay”. It was pioneered by the National Commission on Culture and Arts (NCCA) together with the provincial government of Bulacan.
by Kattryn Erryc Sayo
An estimate of more or less 500 representatives from 47 different indigenous groups from all around the Philippines once again gathered in the celebration of the colorful Dayaw Festival held in the historical city of Malolos, Bulacan last November 27-29.
Dayaw festival, the 8th annual gathering of the indigenous people of the country, is held in connection with the celebration of the national month of the indigenous people every October.
This year’s event which was themed “Katutubong Pamumuhay, Halawan ng Aral sa Buhay” was pioneered by the National Commission on Culture and Arts (NCCA) together with the provincial government of Bulacan.
Hundreds of representatives from different provinces participated in the event, as they shared culture and belief, exposed ethnic talents and rituals and showcased handicrafts and cuisines, in the Sining sa Hapag-Kainan (a food festival and cooking demo), Katutubong Laro (demonstration of traditional games and sports), Kwentuhan sa Sari-Sari Store (an informal forum), and Dayaw Tiangge (an arts and crafts sale).
Mike Abad, the Cluster Head of the Iranon, Maranao and Maguindanao tribe from Maguindanao province, and a participant of the Indigenous People Festival for eight years, believes that the main goal of the annual event is to unite the ethno-linguistic groups in the Philippines, and to appreciate and understand each other’s culture.
“Ang Dayaw kasi, ang layunin nito unang-una ay ang pagkakaisa ng mga ethno-linguistic groups ng Pilipinas. Napakaraming tribo sa bansa, at sa pamamagitan ng Dayaw, nakikita natin ang kultura ng bawat tribo sa buong Pilipinas, at na-a-appreciate natin ‘yong kanilang ginagawa, at kung saan naman eh nirerespeto natin ang bawat kultura ng bawat Pilipino,” he said.
In addition, Abad also said that the festival is a successful way of achieving peace and unity among the Filipinos. “Kapag nagkakaintindihan tayong lahat, nagkakaroon ng kapayapaan. ‘Yon naman ang pinakabuod ng pagdiriwang na ito, ‘yong kapayapaan ng mga Pilipino,” he continued.
However, there is an indigenous group who had gotten into the event for the first time- the Yakan Tribe from Basilan. Rowena Salahuddin, one of the tribe’s delegates, said, “Actually first time ng tribe namin sa Dayaw Festival, dahil ‘yong cluster head namin dati hindi siya active, kaya wala masyadong koneksyon. ”
“Dito sa event na ito, nakikita namin na maganda pala talaga na may ganito kasi nagkakaroon ng understanding sa bawat kultura ng mga katutubo. Nakakapag-share kami sa karamihan kung ano ang klase ng pamumuhay namin,” Salahuddin continued, pointing out the benefits of the festival.
Mildred Enriquez, a Tourism student of Bulacan State University (BulSU) and a volunteer staff of Dayaw Festival believes that this kind of event should be looked up to by the Filipinos, “Maganda ‘yong ganito lalo na para sa’ting mga Tagalog para mabigyang pansin naman natin at ma-realize kung gaano ka-rich ang kultura natin, lalo na ‘yong mga katutubo. Ang ganda, kasi napagsama-sama nila lahat ng grupo sa Pilipinas at sana maraming naka-appreciate at natuto.”
The chief objective of the three-day celebration is to establish camaraderie among the different ethnic groups in the country as well as to unite and educate the Filipinos who misjudge the way of living of the indigenous people.
by Dahren Sta. Ana
Tampok sa pagdiriwang ng Dayaw 2012: Indigenous Peoples’ Festival ang isang eksebisyon kung saan ipinakita ang mga kasuotan, palamuti, kagamitang pang-tahanan, kagamitang pang-hanapbuhay at pang-espiritwal ng mga katutubo sa bansa.
Ito ay isinagawa sa Gat Blas Ople Building sa Malolos, Bulacan na bukas mula alas-otso ng umaga hanggang alas-singko ng hapon, Nobyembre 27-29.Sa ginawang eksebisyon, tampok ang mga likhang sining ng mga ‘‘master craftsmen’’ na mula pa sa iba’t-ibang panig ng bansa.
Ilan sa mga kasuotan na itinampok sa eksebisyon ay ang Bado (damit pambabae ng mga Mandaya), Albong Sleh (damit pambabae ng B’laan, Malunggon Sarangani), Vest (B’laan, Srangani), Inabel (damit pang-ibaba ng mga kababaihan ng Bagobo), Umpak (damit pangitaas ng Bagobo), Inaw’l (Iranon, Sultan Kudarat). Pinakita rin ang iba’t-ibang produkto na gawa ng mga katutubo katulad ng basket (Bheban, Subanen), duyo o wooden ware (Ibaloi, Benguet), kayabang basket (Carao Bokod, Benguet), bag (Ati Aklan at Ilocos Sur), rattan bag (Subanen), rain stick (Palawan) at Vest na yari sa banig (Laminusan, Tawi-tawi). Ang mga materyales na ginamit sa paggawa mga produkto na nabanggit ay abaca, pina at kawayan.Tinampok rin ang mga palamuti na kwintas, singsing at ticcos na gawa ng mga taga Binakit at sinturon, scarf at bracelet naman sa mga taga Panubok. Mayroon ding palamuti at kagamitan na pang-tahanan katulad ng langsay o wall décor ng mga taga Kaagan Davao del Sur, Tipo o banig ng Jama Mapu, Palawan, kumot ng mga taga-Bukidnon, placemat ng mga taga-Higanon at banig ng mga taga-Samar.Ang lahat ng mga produkto na itinampok sa eksebisyon ay kasalukuyan pa ring ginagamit ng mga katutubo kung saan ito ay patunay na kahit ilang mananakop ang dumating sa bansa, hindi pa rin nabubura ang nakagawian nilang kultura at pamumuhay.