Issue of March 11, 2018

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Tadian Festival looks back at folktales to educate children
by Ofelia C. Empian

TADIAN, Mountain Province – The latest staging of the Ayoweng di Lambak ed Tadian has brought people back to the ancient folklores of the municipality.

“This is to educate the children about our culture; for them to appreciate their own place,” Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative Ventura Bitot said  of the festival’s street dancing competition centering on fables and folktales of the various barangays of Tadian.

He said that’s why they have this year’s theme: “Ayowan di inong-an, baked di agyud ay kaugalian si mat-awan (Nurturing our children for they are the foundation of good values and cultural practices in the future)” to push the value of passing down their heritage to the next generation. 

The 19 barangays of the municipality were divided in three zones during the street dancing parade held last March 3.

Zone 1 champion Barangay Poblacion presented one of their fables showing the contrasting story of an industrious boy and a bully, and the magical frog that rewarded the former when it defecated golden nuggets as reward for his kind acts.

The fable showed the reward and punishment morale of the story; reward for the industriousness of the boy, and punishment to the bully who did nothing but to trouble the former who did his best in helping his family and the community.

Zone 3 champion Barangay Cagubatan featured the story of the enchanted eel.

The story revolved around two beautiful young women of Cagubatan, whose father was very protective of them.

Disappointed at how their father treated them, they turned into enchanted eels so that at least they can mingle around people if they wish.

Bitot said they made sure that all the presentations involved children, the youth, and the elders.

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