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10th Gong Festival Day in Cordillera set on October 29


Baguio City, Philippines – The public is invited to witness the 10th Gong Festival Day set on Saturday, October 29 at the Rose Garden, Burnham Park, Baguio City.


As stated on its social media page, ‘Baguio Gong Festival is a community cultural festival in celebration of Indigenous People's Month. It is a celebration to nurture, restore, and strengthen our indigenous knowledge. It is an annual initiative to enhance unity amidst diversity of culture.’


The event was initially scheduled at Malcolm Square but the organizers announced the change of venue this Tusday, October 25, ‘due to unforeseen circumstances.’


Convenor of Baguio Gong Festival and Director of Indigenous Peoples (IP's) Incorporated, Jocelyn Kapuno stated through Mt. Province Broadcasting Corporation – MPBC that the activity is also an educational festival where the basic cultural protocols such as the proper use of cultural attires will be taught.

Earlier this month, the indigenous peoples strongly condemned the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the producers of “Alay nina Alice at Agnes” for featuring women wearing the Igorot male loincloth, known as “bahag,” instead of “tapis.”


According to Kapuno, participants in the event will be the natives who wishes to promote respect for the Cordilleran culture.


This year’s festival will center on the theme, “A Decade of Cultural Resiliency.”

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