Hi­dalgo: Fruit­ful ex­pe­ri­ences from the suc­cess­ful Ka­dayawan

Sun.Star Baguio - - OPINION -

THE re­cently con­cluded Ka­dayawan Fes­ti­val, with the 11 tribes' par­tic­i­pa­tion in all the pro­grams of ac­tiv­i­ties proved how rich we are in tra­di­tions, cus­toms, cos­tumes, arts of danc­ing, mu­sic, games, and in­stru­ments.

The Agro Trade ex­hibits showed the va­ri­eties of food sources from our plants, fruits, grains, and spices. The wealth of our Arts were ex­hib­ited by our artists.

Our col­or­ful his­tory were de­picted by the his­to­ri­ans' es­says.

They were all eye-open­ers for me. Some­thing new was the flu­vial pa­rade in Ban­kero­han River.

There were a lot of Tribal Con­flu­ences in the Tiongko field.

The most awaited event by spec­ta­tors was the Hiyas ng Kad­awayan Contest.

The can­di­dates of the dif­fer­ent tribes had a contest to choose who will rep­re­sent their tribe.

The 11 cho­sen are to vie for the crown of the Hiyas ng Ka­dayawan.

Each can­di­date ably rep­re­sented her tribe in the items, beauty, in­tel­li­gence, wor­thy ad­vo­cacy or goal of her choice, spe­cial tal­ent.

The lucky cho­sen can­di­date with the high­est score in mer­its is crowned as the Hiyas ng Ka­dayawan on coronation night.

There was the PMA pre­sen­ta­tion of the Silent Drill at Tionko Field.

The most awaited col­or­ful af­fair was the Pa­mu­lak, Flo­ral Float Pa­rade. There were dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories for all par­tic­i­pat­ing floats.

Cash prizes were at stake for the best in each cat­e­gory.

There was a spe­cial mass at the San Pe­dro Cathe­dral to open the fes­tiv­i­ties and a thanks­giv­ing of­fer­ing at the end of the fes­tiv­i­ties.

I was glued to my TV set to watch all the pro­grams of the fes­tiv­i­ties. It was not wasted time for me.

It was grat­i­fy­ing when I saw the huge groups of lo­cal res­i­dents and tourists from other coun­tries who braved the trip in spite of the Mar­tial Law.

Nu­mer­ous mil­i­tary groups were as­signed to keep the safety of spec­ta­tors.

Set rules were to be fol­lowed like no back­packs, no dark col­ored bot­tles with liq­uid contents, no firearms. As­pects of the fes­tiv­i­ties al­ways amaze me as I watch the Ka­dayawan yearly.

The dances, the sports, the rev­elry of nu­mer­ous par­tic­i­pants from schools.

The kalei­do­scopes of color com­bi­na­tions, the quaint­ness of the cos­tumes, the head gears. The trin­kets of del­i­cately or­ga­nized beads are labors of love. Each tribe has to wear their tra­di­tional tribal at­tires. The natural beauty of the na­tives un­en­hanced by heavy make-up is re­fresh­ing.

Cos­tumes are all mod­est and be­fit­ting the de­mure­ness of the tribal women.

No stil­leto heels for footwear. No over ex­po­sure of skin. The way head gears are worn char­ac­ter­is­tic of each tribe is won­der­ful.

The flo­ral floats in the Pa­rade are so en­chant­ing. The theme is prop­erly shown with a mes­sage for spec­ta­tors.

They are loaded with flow­ers, fruits, fronds, and gar­lands.

Some floats have men and women of the tribe to act a pan­tomime.

Lastly, I want to men­tion some sug­ges­tions to per­pet­u­ate the mem­ory of the Ka­dayawan. There is the sug­ges­tion in the coun­cil to pre­serve the Tribal Vil­lage tra­di­tional homes to be open to the pub­lic. This re­minds me of the fa­mous "Nay­ong Pilipino" near the Air­port in Manila.

I used to bring my class there to see the Philip­pines' typ­i­cal homes from the ur­ban cities down to the bar­rios.

I hope the Tribal Vil­lage Homes preser­va­tion and ex­ten­sion will be ap­proved. An­other is the planned Tech 4 Ed in the Davao City Li­brary In­for­ma­tion Cen­ter. The 17th An­nual His­tor­i­cal com­pe­ti­tions re­sults must be given to this li­brary.

Fruit­ful ex­pe­ri­ences from the suc­cess­ful Ka­dayawan can be a pro­to­type for any kind of

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