Issue of June 11, 2017
Mt. Province

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Art fest highlights traditional architecture in IP communities
by PIA

Traditional architectural in the Cordillera and in other regions in the country were featured in the 8th Tam-awan International Arts Festival (TIAF) in Baguio, recently.

In collaboration with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Chanum Foundation gathered more than a hundred artists from all over the country and even from abroad to the art festival series at the Tam-awan Village on May 17 to 21.

Chanum Foundation president Jordan Mangosan said that the staging of the 8th TIAF reaches out to the whole country making way for presentations from the far northern Ivatan houses of Batanes to the southern ba-langhay boathouses of Mindanao.

“Artists from all over the country gathered in the small village to learn and share their knowledge on the different architectural designs and structures nationwide highlighting the Cordillera structures such as the native huts of the various tribes and provinces,” Mangosan said.

Saint Louis University Museum curator Ike Picpican kicked off the talks with the presentation and discussion on the Cordillera homes while Arch. Mico Manalo discussed the infrastructure guidelines for Unesco World Heritage Sites in the Cordillera.

Ruth Elyn Dino, historical coordinator of Tublay, Benguet talked about the bangkilay or the traditional ceremonial structure of the Ibaloys.

Mountain Province and Kalinga peace pact holder Floro Wageyen talked about the dap-ay, which functions as a political, economic and religious unit in the community. It is used to refer to an open meeting place made of stone slabs where a bonfire is usually set at its center. It also refers to the group of elders who serve as the governing body in the community, pre-existing any modern-day form of government. 

Other speakers included Butuanon visual artist Renante Dublois on the balanghay boat history with the balangays invaluable contribution in the realm of navigation and Filipino craftsmanship.

Cultural heritage promotions, research and development art manager and professor Dr. Oliver Rabara discussed Vigan architecture.

Volkswagen Collectibles Museum director Roland Cruz and Ayala Museum Assistant Manager for Exhibition Design tackled science of exhibition design, and NCCA Visual Artist Committee head Egai Talusan Fernandez shared about art into the mainstream.

Workshops by artists from other regions were also showcased including the Bahay Buhay… Buhay Bahay by the Philippine Arts Educators Association; the wire sculpture of Don Reich de Dios, a Pampanga-based cultural worker who focuses his visual expression with the use of contemporary media, and the stone houses of the Ivatans by the Batanes Cultural Workers, a group of local artists, art educators and musicians who promote the culture and heritage of Batanes.

Aside from the various talks of artists and experts, the Tam-awan artists also hosted an art workshop for students and other artists particularly on oil pastel by Alfonso Dato and Jayson Duclan; mono print by Art Lozano Mark Tandoyog and Alfred Dato; acrylic painting on stones by Herwin Buccat and Lester Rodriguez; dream catcher and God’s eye making by Lily Villanueva; Jen Lorenzo and Luisa Galang; kusudama lantern making by Tara Natividad; sand art by Edwin Macadaeg and solar drawing by Mangosan and assisted by Gretta Apolinar and Marilyn Bulayo.

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