NCCA approves proposal of Lang-ay organization on traditional arts
BONTOC. The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) has approved the proposal of the Lang-ay Festival Organization for the “Documentation of the Oral Traditional Healing Practices of Barangay Bayyo”.
Bayyo is one of the barangays of Bontoc located in the north eastern part of the municipality and province in its boundary with the province of Ifugao.
“The healing practices remain to be in existence now such as the first aid during injuries, and after childbirth, and sickness. These practices need cultural attention first rather than requiring medical assistance given at hospitals and clinics”, read the proposal submitted to the NCCA.
These oral traditions are being practiced by the elders but being ignored by the younger generations due to factors such as migration, employment, and modernization. The same are feared to be forgotten someday.
“There is, therefore, a need to document the oral traditions and practices of the community of Bayyo for the sake of posterity. The documentation involves the chants, the “purga” or indigenous prayers, and the rituals for events or as needs arise” the proponents averred.
In a letter dated December 19, 2018 from the NCCA noted by Rico Pableo, Executive Director, Bernan Joseph Corpuz, Chief, Policy/Plan and Programming division, informed the proposal was approved by the NCCA Board of Commissioners through Board Resolution No. 2019 -199 on November 20, 2018.
Last February 23, 2019, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signing was conducted at the Paragon Hotel, Baguio City, with the grantees, one of which is the Lang-ay Festival Organization, present.
Other grantees in the Cordillera Administrative Region are Chanum Foundation, Inc., the Local Government Unit of Mankayan, Benguet, Atok National High School, Cordillera News Agency, Inc., Gov. Bado Dangwa Industrial School, and the University of Baguio Alumni Foundation.
Paulino Tumapang, Jr. said that the approval of the proposal is the start of a series of proposals to be submitted to the NCCA to further one of the goals of the organization which is to maintain cultural integrity.
Other proposals for environmental protection and preservation are being explored to be submitted to the proper agencies such as the DENR, NEDA, and other environmental bodies concerned with environmental conservation.**Roger Sacyaten