IP day celebrated during Ammungan
The different ethnic tribes in the province gathered at the Ammungan Park on May 22 to celebrate the Cultural and Indigenous Peoples Day during the Grand Ammungan Festival 2017.
The Indigenous Cultural Communities (ICC) of Gaddangs, Ibalois, Bugkalots, Ayangans, Tuwalis, Iwaks, Isinays, and Kalanguyas mingled with each other filled with pride of their own ethnicities. They were welcomed by Board Member Delbert Tidang, a Kalanguya from Imugan, Santa Fe.
Former Governor Ruth R. Padilla, Provincial IPED Consultant of the province, and Dr. Estela L. Cariño, the Regional Director of the Department of Education – Region 02 were the guest speakers in this event and joined by the other dignitaries of the province.
Visitors were entertained with the dances and songs of the Indigenous Cultural Communities with the IP summer workshop learners. The ICCs and guests later had a boodle fight for lunch to show oneness and equality.
The former governor, who is also the overall coordinator of the IP summer workshop, said, “Our culture and practices should be preserved from generation to generation. It is why we are doing these IP workshops. It is sad to think that a time will come that the younger generations will forget their culture and practices. How could one say he is from this ethnicity if he could not even speak his own dialect?” Padilla said.
Cariño also expressed admiration to the provincial government for the initiative of doing IP summer workshops and encouraged everyone to love their own culture. #bg