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Indigenous Filipino cultures gather for Dayaw 2013

Traditional arts and crafts are celebrated at  the Dayaw festivals.

Traditional arts and crafts are celebrated at the Dayaw festivals.

The vibrant colors of Dayaw

The vibrant colors of Dayaw

Dayaw, the biggest gathering of indigenous Filipino cultures organized by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), will be gracing Tacloban, Leyte this November 27-29. 2013 in celebration of October as Month of the Indigenous Peoples. The NCCA is led by its Chairman Felipe M. De Leon Jr. and Executive Director Emelita V. Almosara, CESO IV.

Spearheaded by the NCCA’s Subcommission on Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts (SCCTA), under Commissioner Joycie Dorado-Alegre, Dayaw is annually done in in celebration of National Indigenous Peoples’ Month observed every October. Leyte-Samar Heritage Society, Inc. and the local government of Leyte headed by Gov. Dominic Petilla will be the partners of NCCA for this year’s festival.

This year, Dayaw 2013 will showcase the different indigenous groups of the country, and an enriching and interesting array of activities including institutionalized film showing, fashion show of authentic indigenous wear and a food festival. Other activities are performances, rituals, forums, traditional cuisine demos, traditional games, arts and crafts exhibit and cultural tours, among others.

There will be four venues for the event – University of the Philippines – Visayas, Leyte Normal University, Leyte National High School and Eastern Visayas State University – which will hold different activities simultaneously.

The event also goes international this year as 64 representatives from indigenous groups from 32 countries will be invited to grace Dayaw to view the Philippines’ communities, mingle with the country’s indigenous peoples and share their own cultures to Filipinos. These delegates will come from the Asian Cooperation Dialogue.

Dayaw 2013 aims to highlight the importance and richness of indigenous cultures, discuss the issues that the indigenous peoples face today and the interaction with other indigenous peoples from other nations. It also aims to mine traditional knowledge as well as draw inspiration and insight from indigenous ways of life to find solutions for modern problems.

Numerous indigenous peoples from all over the country are expected to participate including the Gaddang, Isinay, Tinggian, Itneg, Ibanag, Yogad, Itawit, Malaweg, Ivatan, Bugkalot, Isnag, Kalinga, Ifugao, Ibaloi, Kankanaey, Balangao, Bontok, Applai, Ayta, Mangyan, Palawani, Molbog, Jama Mapun, Tagbanua, Pala’wan, Batak, Cuyunon, Agta, Ati, Panay Bukidnon, Waray, Abaknon, Yakan, Subanen, Manobo, Higaonon, Bagobo, Mandaya, Mansaka, B’laan, Sangir, Ata Manobo, T’boli, Teduray, Arumanen, Mamanwa, Maranao, Magindanao, Iranun and Tausug.

The NCCA has been annually celebrating the National Indigenous Peoples’ Month in different parts of the country through Dayaw,  in consonance with Presidential Proclamation 1906, declaring October as National Indigenous Peoples’ Month. In 2007, Kalimudan: Panaghi-usa sa Mindanao (Mindanao Indigenous Peoples’ Gathering) held in Davao City in November, featuring Mindanao’s ethnic groups. The following year, Timpuyog: Indigenous Peoples’ Month Celebration in Luzon was held in Santiago City, Isabela, focusing on Luzon ethnic groups. In 2009, the Indigenous Peoples’ Festival was held in the Visayas, particularly in Roxas City, Capiz, called Dungog, with similar activities and aims. Dayaw 2010 was held in Metro Manila, and in 2011, it was held in Tagum City, Davao del Norte. Last year, Dayaw graced the province of Bulacan.

For more details, contact Rene Sanchez Napeñas, head of the NCCA Public Affairs and Information Office at 527-5529 or 0928-5081057. E-mail us at or visit our Web site at