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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

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