Excel Balicao Botigan, a dear friend who courageously campaigned with us for the medication of the late Charles Ansibey, has some good for us these last days of the Panagbenga Festival 2014.

She sent me an email the other day about Amungan 2014, a theatrical production to be staged at the University of the Philippines (UP) Baguio Bulwagang Juan Luna March 2-4.

Here’s her message to know more about Amungan 2014.

With  our guiding principle of promoting and advocating indigenous culture and tradition, the Paggawisan Tako Am-in (PAGTA), which is the sole organization for the indigenous students and indigenous culture enthusiasts at UP Baguio, will be conducting its annual theatrical production called AMUNGAN this March 2-4, 2014 at the Bulwagang Juan Luna, University of the Philippines Baguio. This event, which carries the theme Manchiyat Ka: Panagriing ken Panagbangon (Buksan ang mata: Paggising at Pagbangon), and the title "SLEEPING BEAUTY AWAKES" would showcase some of the current issues faced by the indigenous community.  PAGTA is a growing organization which encourages the recognition of culture and identity in an academic level. This event thus serves as an avenue for enriched cultural awareness of the UP Baguio Community and Baguio society as a whole, paying tribute to our own rich and priceless heritage, and continuing the struggle of indigenous peoples for self-determination. For those who are interested to watch, tickets will be available at the venue for a minimal fee of 50 pesos for adults, and 35 pesos for students. 

I might be attending on the second of March depending on my schedule. Much excited to this masterpiece! Anyway, I want to congratulate Excel and Wryneth Mayapit for the future success of this production. 

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Remembering “Kabsat”

One of the two play featuring a story of Igorots that I have seen was “Kabsat”, produced by Saint Louis University Center for Culture and the Arts (SLU- CCA).

The play captures the tension between two Igorot siblings, wherein the one loyal to the birth culture ended up cutting the head of his brother who decided to adopt a more modernized life in the metro.

According to my teacher in college, the forum following the play gained negative reactions from teachers from the Cordilleras. The Cordilleran teachers kept on clarifying that not all highlanders are "mamumugot ng ulo" or headhunters.