By Jennylou Canon


The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) marks the start of the National Indigenous Peoples Month virtual celebration with Dayaw 2021, carrying the theme “Katutubong Pilipino: Atin ang Tagumpay!”

Led by NCCA’s Subcommission on Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts (SCCA), the month-long celebration will spotlight Philippine indigenous people’s traditions and practices amidst adversities.

The activities for the IP month is divided into five episodes, namely: Pagpapasinaya sa Tagumpay: The Dayaw Opening Ceremony, Dayaw sa Sebangan: The Southern Cultural Communities, Dayaw Sito Lubbon Na Unnot: The Northern Cultural Communities, Dayaw sa Butnga: The Central Cultural Communities, and Pinagtagumpayan: The Dayaw Closing Ceremony.

The activities will also showcase young indigenous entrepreneurs and learning systems, spirituality and well-being, safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage, and responses to the impact of climate change and disasters.

More than 100 representatives from different indigenous groups will participate in Dayaw 2021’s activities.

Alongside the celebration of the IP month, is the celebration of the Year of the Filipino Pre-Colonial Ancestors (YFPCA) through the launch of the book “El Folk-Lore Filipino and English.” 

According to the NCCA, El Folk-Lore aims to present the significance of the ancestors in the development of science and humanity.

Report sources: PNA