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. 

by Reina Beatriz Peralta

Quezon City - Flood in some places that reached almost six feet high which leave great number of casualties, damaged properties, washed-out houses and tons and tons of garbage scattered in roads and floating in bodies of water, were evident after the occurrence of the monsoon rains.

            The city is now strictly implementing the city ordinance Sangguniang Panglungsod (SP) 2103, popularly known as ”Bring Your Own Reusable Recyclable Bag” or plastic ban which ordered all business establishments in Quezon City since September 1, to avoid using plastic bags as a solution to the city’s longest and major environmental problem- garbage, which cause floods.

            Business establishments like Shoe Mart (SM) encourage their costumers to bring with them reusable or eco-bags.  If they don’t have that kind of bag, the company will provide them paper bags. But if it is really needed, the costumer will be paying two pesos for the plastic bag that will be given to them.  The payment for the plastic bags will be put to the environmental project fund of the company.

            Together with this city ordinance is the proper punishment for those who will violate the law, and this will be effective on the first of October.  In the first offense, the violator will be paying Php1000.  Php3000 will be the charge for the second offense and for the last offense is a payment of Php5000 plus cancellation of business permit.

            “Actually, matagal nang merong ganito (plastic ban) pero wala pang pangil ang batas no'n, at saka walang disiplina ‘yong tao.  Matitigas pa kasi ang ulo ng mga tao noon, at saka ‘di pa sila na-e-educate ng maayos ‘di tulad ngayon," Araceli F. Bañacia, the Project Development Officer of Quezon City’s Environment Protection and Waste Management Department (EPWMD) said.

            Aside from SP 2103, the city is also implementing other laws to help solve problems about garbage like “No Segregation, No Collection Skim” which orders the people to separate biodegradable waste from non-biodegradable before the door-to-door weekly collection, and the “Managing of the City’s Solid Waste” which encourages the people to practice proper waste disposal.


by Justine Marie Bernardo and Kattryn Erryc Sayo

University of the Philippines (UP) Pep Squad outperformed its rivals and grabbed its third straight hold of the title in the 75th UAAP Cheerdance Competition (CDC) yesterday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Performing before a crowd of 19,509 with shaved heads that symbolize freedom and equality, the UP cheerdancers perfectly accomplished all their pyramids and stunts. Although a last-second fall stained their overall performance, they still got hold of the thumbs-up of the judges, mostly composed of international judges.

UP dancers' shaved heads stand for freedom, with their hair donated to the kids with cancer.

The UP Filipiniana Dance Troupe got the four out of five approval of the panel of judges with the final average of 92.26, which is just .9 away from the 1st Runner up Far Eastern University Cheering Squad with its jungle-inspired theme (91.36). National University hung on the third place with its royal-inspired performance.

The UST Salinggawi’s number, which was Brazilian-theme, only secured the fourth spot, failing for the second straight time to make it to the Top 3. De La Salle University (DLSU) Animo Squad completed fifth, followed by Ateneo Blue Babble Batallion, Adamson Pep Squad and University of the East Pep Squad.

Aside from bringing home the crown, UP also got the Stunner of the Year award in the name of Nicolette Erica Ambulo and excelled in the Group Stunts side event, Followed by FEU and NU.

Adding their trophy this year, the UP Pep Squad had mounted up an overall collection of eight cheerdance titles, the same with the University of Santo Tomas Salinggawi Dance Troupe (UST SDT). Now, both are considered as the universities with the most number of titles in the annual Pep Squad Competition.

The University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Cheerdance Competition is an annual event wherein joining universities compete with their best stunts and routines. The said competition is being sponsored by Samsung for five consecutive years already.


by Deliza Maye Fernandez

BALAGTAS, BULACAN-- Patay ang maglololo matapos silang literal na tadtarin ng mga saksak noong Agosto 16 ng madaling araw, sa St.Francis Village ng Burol 2nd.

Kinilala ang mga biktima na sina Rodrigo Sta. Ana, 77-anyos, nagtamo ng siyam na saksak; ang anak nitong si Christina Sta. Ana, 42-anyos, may 22 na saksak; ang mga apong sina Corrine Joy Sta. Ana, 12-anyos na may 45 na saksak at si Christian Sta. Ana, 10-anyos at may apat na saksak at bali sa braso. Sinasabing ang tubo, screw driver at kitchen knife ang ginamit sa pamamaslang sa mga ito.

Ayon ka Police Chief Inspector, Alfonso Cruz ng Balagtas, pagnanakaw ang nakikitang motibo ng mga suspek dito. Bagama’t walang forced entry, nalimas naman ang mahigit P100,000 na galing sa nagbayad sa kanila sa negosyo nilang Ricemill. Ang pangunahing suspek ay ang mga kamag-anak at mga pahinante nito. Pinaniniwalaan namang nasa impluwensiya ng droga ang mga suspek sa nangyaring insidente.

Samantala, naghihinagpis naman ang isa pang apong si Mark Roque matapos makitang nakahandusay ang kanyang mga kamag-anak sa bahay. Animo’y nailigtas siya ng kanyang pagsilong muna bago tuluyang umuwi dahil sa lakas ng ulan. Sigaw niya ngayon ang katarungan para sa pamilya niya.

Sana kinuha na lang nila 'yong pera, di na lang sana pinatay. Sana sumuko na sila kahit wag nang ibalik yung pera,” ani Roque.

Nangako naman ang mga pulis na magkakaroon ito ng hustisya lalo’t malakas ang sinasabi ng mga ebidensya at kanilang pag-iimbestiga na kakilala ng mga biktima ang mga suspek.