Tuesday, September 11, 2018


Caraganons support Kalinaw Kultura campaign for peace, development

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 11 - After the grand launch of Kalinaw Kultura or Peace Culture in Iligan city, a campaign that aims to promote peace and to raise public awareness about the rich, diverse and dynamic culture and heritage in Mindanao, Caraganons were stirred with excitement with the second launching here in the premier and capital city of Butuan, Caraga region.

The festive activity was led by Philippine Information Agency (PIA), National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCAA), and supported by partner government agencies and local government units (LGUs).

On behalf of Butuan City Mayor Ronnie Vicente Lagnada, city councilor Cherry Mae Busa welcomed all the guests and participants and applauded the PIA, NCCA and partners for initiating the Kalinaw Kultura activity to promote culture of ethnic/minority groups in various regions of Mindanao.

“Each of us has a significant role in promoting a culture of peace and unity to boost the city's economy and peace and development endeavors,” said Busa.

In jump-starting the Kalinaw Kultura Launch through celebration of culture and arts, the respective hosts and special guests gathered together and entice the crowd in a symbolic banging of the large gong.

All presentations showcasing the repertoir of talents of the performers coming from different provinces in Caraga were witnessed by hundreds of spectators.

The vibrant and intricate designs of costumes worn by indigenous peoples; the tribal and folk dances that spell peace and unity; and the instruments that produced a unique form of music captured the rich and colorful culture here and Mindanao.

Meanwhile, Butuan City Tourism Officer Evangeline Peña-Dominese emphasized that the city government strongly supports the welfare of the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) and continuously reaching out to them, not only to address their needs and other concerns, but also to strengthen their culture in their respective IP communities.

In her message, Caraga National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Regional Director lawyer Leslie Mae Plaza also encouraged all to immerse, mingle and reach out with the IPs, as they also belong to the mainstream society.

“We recognized the sincere efforts of the organizers of Kalinaw Kultura in promoting the welfare and culture of the IPs,” Plaza said.

The guests also joined in the ceremonial wearing of peace band or authentic beaded bracelets made by Manobo weavers from Agusan del Sur which implied a shared bond and belongingness to a community among Mindanaoans.

Adora Bandola, a blind singer rendered a song entitled “Tagumpay Nating Lahat”, while the guests had their arms crossed with the person beside them while wearing the symbolic bracelet which signifies oneness in achieving peace for Mindanao and the entire nation.

Philippine Information Agency director-general Harold Clavite encouraged the participants to see the purity and simplicity of each person.

“Go back, go home to where you came from - to the community where you belong, and see it through your heart the true value of your unique culture. Mindanao is not a land of confusion and conflict but a land of peace,” he said.

Clavite also recognized the cooperation of the partner stakeholders nationwide.

He added that Kalinaw Kultura will also be launched in other key cities of Mindanao.

This event, according to him, is a manifestation that Mindanao has a wonderful culture and peace-loving people.

With an aim to regain and infuse the ideals to bring lasting peace and harmony despite cultural divide, Clavite, along with NCCA representatives, local government officials, PIA-Mindanao regional heads, and other stakeholders also inscribed their commitment to promote and strengthen the culture and traditions of Mindanao through a peace covenant signing.

“In the midst of confusion and turmoil, and public perception that Mindanao is an unsafe place, the Kalinaw Kultura would help lead the people in revisiting their roots and revive the purity of heart to embrace peace, unity and solidarity. This is the perfect time for us to build closer ties with Mindanaoans and to recognize and celebrate, not just the strong community within the region, but our willingness to embrace multiculturalism,” Clavite said.

Meanwhile, NCCA Information Officer Anne Cabrera expressed her appreciation to PIA for taking the challenge of assisting the Commission in promoting Filipino arts and culture as she encouraged the citizens to understand more and take pride of their cultural heritage.

All throughout the event, the participants were also amused with the free henna tattoo painting courtesy of the local artists.

An audiovisual presentation showcasing the local products of Caraga including the parade of spectacular clothing creations made of indigenous and other locally derived materials was also played in between performances.

Locally produced food and non-food items, “sinamay”, stuff made of waterlily and abaca, and traditional costumes were also displayed in the exhibit area.

The guests had also their tour to view the featured indigenous crafts.

The Kalinaw Kultura is also set to be launched in the cities of Koronadal, Zamboanga and Davao to promote a culture of peace and spread peace thru culture. (PIA-Caraga)

PIA, NCCA share Kalinaw Kultura project to Caraganons

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 11 – To provide Caraganons a better understanding on the government’s project on strengthening culture and arts, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and Philippine Information Agency (PIA), launched recently the Kalinaw Kultura project at the Robinsons Place here.

Undersecretary Harold Clavite, PIA director-general, underscored that the launching of Kalinaw Kultura in Caraga will showcase and strengthen Mindanao's culture especially that many are keeping a misconception about the island.

"So we are here to give testament of its beautiful cultural heritage. Our campaign will not just end here but in wherever we are since the activities are done in five key cities in Mindanao. This is just a beginning of our awareness advocacy not only for Mindanaoans but for all our fellow Filipinos. We likewise encourage the young generation to get involve and so today we will be highlight their great talents," Clavite said.

Anne Cabrera, information officer from the NCCA, reiterated that the Commission gives value to the culture of Filipino people and continues to strengthen and mold it especially to the young ones that these rich culture and traditions we have right now would remain until the next generations to come.

Also, as revealed by PIA Caraga regional director Abner Caga, the first lumad/indigenounous peoples (IP) communicators network was already organized in the region.

"They played a crucial role in the access of information down to the grassroots level," he said.

Benjie Felipe, director for Strategic Communications of PIA, also bared that the Kalinaw Kultura has the goal to keep a mindset among all cultural groups to take pride and embrace their own traditions, heritage and customs in order for others to appreciate more their cultural practices and give respect as well.

Meanwhile, Evangeline Peña-Dominise, city tourism officer of Butuan City, emphasized that the city government strongly supports the welfare of the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) and continuously reaching out to them in the grassroots, not only to address their needs and other concerns, but also to strengthen their culture in their respective IP communities. (JPG/VLG/PIA-Caraga)