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  • Writer's pictureMenchie Kinao

36th Cordillera anniversary celebration begins

Baguio City, Philippines – Members of the Regional Development Council, along with heads of local government units, agencies, and private sectors, have gathered in Baguio City to mark the start of the 36th Cordillera Month celebration Saturday, July 01, 2023.

To begin, elders from the Onjon ni Ivadoy Association performed traditional rituals and prayers with the butchering and offering of a pair of chickens and a pig, as witnessed by RDC and National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, among other officials and partner sectors.

Performances depicting the culture and tradition of various provinces in the region were presented in the opening program livestreamed via PIA Cordillera’s Facebook page.

In his message through his RDC Co-chair Edna Tabanda, Apayao Governor Elias Bulut Jr. paid tribute to the forebearers and called Cordillerans to continue working in unison for the attainment of their aspirations.

“We will remember today’s milestone with a memory of our forebearers that guided us, thankful and proud of what they have left us as stewards and children of our land and our region,” he stated.

Officials and partner agencies then beat the symbolic gong, signifying the support towards the realization of Cordillera’s decades-long pursuit of regional autonomy

Cordillera Month programs

As presented by Regional Director of NCIP-CAR, Atanacio Addog, programs to look forward to following the kick-off include Unity Gong Relays from July 2 to 13; Search for Youth Ambassadors on July 14; Cordillera Day on July 15; trade fairs; information, education, and communication (IEC) campaign; trainings and capability building activities; and the like.

The month-long event, with the theme, "Celebrating One, Resilient, Diverse, and Inclusive (CORDI) Journey toward Regional Autonomy" will culminate on July 31 in Baguio City.


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