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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

CSC Lectures: Agta Researches in Retrospect (Griffin)

Saturday, November 2, 2013

CSC Lecture Series: "Other(ings) and/as Objections" (Baluyut)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

New Sked and Prog for 2013 Gong Festival in Baguio

[Previous Related Post HERE]  
        October 26, 2013


                  Cultural Program
7:30 – 8:30 am
Converge  in front of  City Hall grounds
8:30 – 9:30 am
9:30 – 10:00am
Gong Festival Walk (From City Hall down Abanao Road up Session towards  Cathedral)
Rest and Snacks

12:00- 1:00

1:00 -3:00 pm
3:00- 4:00 pm

-Pambansang awit                          Maryknoll Choir
-Gong Festival orientation            Jocelyn Banasan Kapuno
-Welcome Address                         Father Manny Panayo
- Opening of the Festival
(Banging of the 6  Gongs by the City Mayor and the Congressman to be assisted by the
Gong Festival Society President; Mr.  Michael G. Bugnosen)
- Benguet Dances                
- Inspirational  Message               Hon. Mauricio Domogan
- Mt. Province dances
- Takik Dance                                   Rambak with Guests                                                                      
- Inspirational Message                Bishop Carlito Cenzon          
- Ifugao Dances                                                                                                             
- Inspirational  Message               Dir. Pura  Molintas
                                                              DOT- CAR
-Kalinga Dances
-Inspirational  Message                Engr. Sancho Buquing
- Abra Dances                        
- Inspirational  Message               Hon. Jose Panganiban
- Apayao Dances                     
- Inspirational  Message               Hon. Nick Aliping
- Finale dance (Bindiyan)

          LUNCH BREAK

Indigenous Games                           Michael Bugnosen
Awards, Recognition                       Lucia Ruiz
Closing Prayer                                   Raffy Kapuno

                                              End of Program     

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Baguio Gong Festival to sound off a hundred gongs

[UPDATE AS OF 10.11.2013: GONG FEST MOVED TO THE 26TH -- see new post HERE]

Over a hundred gongs will be beaten to call for “peace and unity” from the Baguio City Hall to the Baguio Cathedral during the launching of  Baguio's first gong festival on October 12.

Congressman Nicasio Aliping and Mayor Mauricio Domogan are expected to participate in full native attire in the early afternoon walk as part of the city’s Indigenous Month celebration. 

According to BGF organizer Jocelyn Banasan-Kapuno, partipants will come from several other school and community-based indigenous organizations, including the award-winning performing group Happiyo’ Mi of the University of the Cordilleras (UC).

The program  will be followed at the Cathedral grounds by cultural dances,  a film showing, an indigenous mass, and an indigenous ritual to be presided over by a mambunong (native priest), and a bonfire cum cañao in the evening.

The gong festival walk is an offshoot of  the “Wanes (g-string)/Oneness Walk” during last year’s Indigenous Month celebration in which then Councilor Aliping was also in his native attire.

The festival hopes to feature all the major ethnolinguistic groups in the Cordillera and create a non-commercialized venue for the re-rooting of young Igorots in their cultural values and music traditions.  Cultural workshops for cultural advocates and indigenous games will be held on the 26th and 27th of October 2013.

1:00 - 1:30
Converge  in front of  City Hall grounds
1:30 - 2:00
Gong Festival Walk from City Hall to Porta Vaga Roof Deck
2:00 - 4:00

                            Cultural Performances
Invocation                                             Celso Cablatan
Pambansang Awit                                 Maryknoll Choir
Gong Festival orientation                      Jocelyn Kapuno
Opening of the Festival
(banging of the 6  Gongs by the City Mayor and the Congressman)
Welcome Address                                  Fr. Emmanuel Panayo
Benguet Dances                 
Inspirational  Message                           Mayor Mauricio Domogan
Mountain Province Dances
Rambak with the Mayor Mauricio Domogan, the City Councilors, Congressman Nick Aliping,. Director Pura Molintas of DOT  and Director Sancho Buquing  and Atty Amador P. Batay-an NCIP
Inspirational Message                           Bishop Carlito Cenzon
Ifugao Dances  
Inspirational Message                           Dir. Pura Molintas
                                                              DOT -CAR
Kalinga Dances                               
Inspirational Message                           Dir. Sancho Buquing
Abra Dances                                
Inspirational Message                           Cong. Nicasio Aliping Jr.
Apayao Dances
Benguet Dance (Bendiyan)
4:30 - 6:00
6:00 - 7:00
7:00 - 7:30
7:30 - onwards
Film Showing: “Kanana Kanu”
Indigenous People’s Mass                     Bishop Carlito Cenzon
Cultural Riteand Socialization

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Humor in the (e)Mailbox: Farting with the Music

I was in the restaurant yesterday when I suddenly realized I desperately needed to pass gas. The music was really, really loud, so I timed my gas with the beat of the music.

After a couple of songs, I started to feel better. I finished my coffee, and noticed that everybody was staring at me....

Then I suddenly remembered that I was listening to my iPod.

Eugene Evasco Book Launch: "And Estado ng Panitikang Pambata sa Pilipinas"

Monday, July 8, 2013

Saliksik-Kordilyera Lecture Series: Mandadawak (Dr. Esteban Magannon)

The public is invited to a lecture by Dr. Esteban Tagacay Magannon (Paris, France/Lubo, Tanudan, Kalinga) titled, "The Kalinga Mandadawak: Her Notions of Illness and Treatment" @ the UP Baguio CSS-AVR on 10 July 2013, 2.30 pm.

The Lecture:

Despite modern influences and breakthroughs in medicine, the Kalinga still resort to traditional forms of healing and treatment of disease by the mandadawak (female shamans) from the village.  The mandadawak have played a significant role in Kalinga society, but their practice and concepts of healing have not been adequately discussed in existing literature.  Who are the mandadawak? What is the mandadawak's notion of illness and disease? How do they heal and treat disease?  How are the dawak (healing rites) performed?  The lecture examines the important of the mandadawak in Kalinga society and contributes to the anthropological understanding of illness (sigab) in the field of ethnomedicine.
The Author: Dr. Esteban Magannon is a Retired Maitre de Conferences of the Social and Cultural Anthropology of the Austronesian World at the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales - INALCO (National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations), Paris, France.

On the Saliksik-Kordilyera: The Saliksik-Kordilyera project provides incentives to Filipino scholars doing work in Cordillera Studies. It is designed to encourage the conduct of quality research in this field of inquiry, as envisioned by its sponsor, Dr. Maria Carmen Domingo-Kirk, a Filipino academic based in San Francisco, USA.

* All notes lifted from a CSC poster.

Monday, June 10, 2013

UP Baguio Enlistment Blues

One of our students scrawls his frantic plea on the board in one of the enlistment rooms:

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Looking 4wd to more lighter moments in the Senate!

Now that we have a a few more potential clowns in the august Senate opdarepablikopdapelepens who can potentially turn the congressional hall into a circus, it's going to be fun watching out for my favorite senator Miriam Defensor Santiago's "meme-able" outbursts, followed by Jon Santos' spoof :)  Hay, unfortunately for us, a Miriam Defensor Santiago in the Senate can only grace our lives once. :(

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Stress-free Voting! :)

I arrived at the polling place (Rizal Elementary School, Pacdal, Baguio City) about 20 minutes before 7am and found my precinct in no time.  I was 15th in line. A few minutes later, poll watchers were given time to cast their votes and at exactly 7:00, the line started to move.  A few senior citizens have to be accommodated so we let them cut in line, which was okay to the rest of us except one at the head of the line who started grumbling but realized he couldn't do anything. 

I overheard another saying that he already prayed for his choices, which had me thinking about the absurdity of invoking some divine intervention during elections and believing that it is actually God or some gods who influence us in casting our votes. If that is so, then God has made a lot of mistakes all these years by influencing the Iglesia Ni Cristo, the Catholic Church and the various Protestant/Evangelical churches in the country to vote for local and national leaders who have proven themselves to be stupid and/or corrupt.  And I wonder which voice of God -- among all the disharmonious sounds coming from these denominations --  do people actually follow when voting?  A lot of Christians voted for Erap Estrada who got convicted of plunder. In the US of A, a still larger number of Christians voted for George Walker Bush who proved himself a bufoon.

The fact is, when we finally ink those ballots on election day, our votes, our choices are determined by our personal prejudices, our own judgment based on our own assessment of the candidates' qualifications, the dictates of the groups we belong to, or yes, even the weather.

Making a political exercise a divine act has deluded Pacquiao into thinking that it is God's will that he and his wife make a fool of themselves in the political circus.  I don't believe that God influenced Eddie Villanueva to run for the Presidency in the last election and for the Senate this time around.  And I didn't vote for him because I really don't buy his kind of messiahnic goal to be the peacemaker in Congress where discussions and decisions should be ruled by reason and real-time reality and not by religious convictions.  I don't believe he has a special phone line to the throne of God anymore than Apollo Quibolloy had talked to the Father (whoever he is) who supposedly appointed him to be the Jesus of our time and chose Davao City as the Jerusalem of our day.

Anyway, back to my polling place.  I asked if I could take photos of my ballot and one with a COMELEC staff ID who was also snapping pictures of the room said yes. Except for one wrong number in my precinct assignment in the COMELEC's acknowledgment receipt (0635a) which, in the COMELEC app I downloaded, is actually 0634a), everything went smoothly.  I shaded my ballot and ran it through the PCOS machine in a jiffy -- less than five minutes!

So far  -- at least just before I left the school -- we had no problems with the PCOS machines about which one of the BEIs remarked, "Magaling kasi kayong magshoot."  Ay wen met a hehe.

It's a stress-free voting day for me, and I doff my hats off to the COMELEC officials, the BEIs and their staff
for helping to make this possible!  Kadakayo nga dadduma nga naistress ala Shamcey @ "Showtime," kasta la ti biag wehehehe...