To give value to the different ethnic groups in Mindanao, especially in Caraga region, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in partnership with the Butuan City government will take center stage the cultural songs and dances of the region’s ethnic groups during the Kalinaw Kultura micro launch on August 31, 2018 at the Robinsons Place Butuan.
PIA Caraga regional director Abner Caga said Kalinaw Kultura aims to raise public awareness about the rich, diverse, dynamic and colorful Mindanao cultural heritage.
“In Caraga, we are home to several minority groups, rich in culture and traditions. We have here the Manobo, Mandaya, Higaonon, Banwaon, Talaandig, and Mamanwa as the existing tribal groups in the region,” he said.
“Through this momentous event, we hope to develop deep appreciation of Mindanao culture through observation, instruction, and experience of local creative content and talents, as well as promote and encourage preservation of Mindanao’s crafts and creative arts,” Caga added.
Caga also said that PIA Director-General Harold Clavite with invited guests from NCCA will deliver their messages during the event. Agusan del Norte Governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba and Butuan City Mayor Ronnie Vicente Lagnada will also share their messages.
Prior to the formal opening program, a press conference is also set at the same venue.
It can be recalled that the Kalinaw Kultura was first launched on July 26, 2018 at the Robinsons Place Activity Center in Iligan City. Right after Iligan City and Butuan City, it will also be launched in other key cities such as Davao, Koronadal, and Zamboanga.
Other partner stakeholders of this event include the Department of Education (DepEd) Caraga regional office, DepEd Agusan del Norte and DepEd Surigao del Norte Divisions; Provincial Government of Agusan del Norte; Provincial Government of Agusan del Sur thru its Provincial Tourism Office; Local Government Unit of Carmen, Surigao del Sur; Local Government Unit of Jabonga, Agusan del Norte; Butuan City Tourism Office; National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP); Department of Trade and Industry (DTI); 402nd Brigade – Philippine Army; Robinsons Place Butuan; and Globe My Business.
The Kalinaw Kultura is anchored on the theme “A Culture of Peace, Peace Thru Culture.” By Jennifer P. Gaitano