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Friday, October 2, 2015

NCCA opens ‘Schools for the Living Tradition Gallery’ in Pagadian

By Franklin P. Gumapon

PAGADIAN CITY – To preserve the arts and culture of the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) in Zamboanga del Sur, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) has formally opened yesterday its “Schools for the Living Tradition Gallery” along P. Urro st., San Francisco District this city.

The gallery serves as the craft center where the artworks and hand-woven crafts like baskets, mats, hats, textile, etc. are being displayed to popularize the arts and culture of the Subanen, Maguindaoan and other IP groups in the province.

In his message, City Councilor Bievenido Culve said the gallery “is a welcome development for the city,” as it showcases the unique arts and crafts of the IPs in the area. “Art is not a form of propaganda; it’s a form of truth,” Culve stressed.

On the other hand, Regional Director Noemi B. Edaga of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-9, commended the NCCA for setting up the said gallery in the city as it would certainly help promote the culture of the IPs.

Mr. Roservirico Tan, chief of the Regional Public Affairs Office (RPAO) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-9, also reiterated the agency’s programs aimed at helping out the IP communities like the National Greening Program, processing of Ancestral Domain Claims and others. While Ms. Margarita Baya of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP)-9 urged the IPs especially the young ones to help preserve their culture by learning and using their dialects, dances, songs, customs and practices. “If we don’t do this, where will we be two to five years from now?” she asked.

Also present during the opening of the craft center were representatives from the Department of Education (DepEd), tribal leaders and cultural masters who are engaged in teaching ethnic arts and crafts.

The Dumendingan Arts Guild, Inc., a consortium of local artists, is tasked with manning the said gallery.