Indigenous peoples hold art exhibit in Cagayan

Posted at 07/14/2009 11:58 PM

TUGUEGARAO - Indigenous peoples from Northern Luzon held a special visual art exhibit in Tuguegarao City over the weekend, showcasing their rich culture and traditions.

The exhibit, supported by the Kalinawa Art Foundation, featured works from the Itawes of the Chico and Matalos rivers, the Ibanags from the Cagayan area, the Aetas from Zambales and Ibaloi tribes in Benguet. They presented sculptures, paintings, textiles, and woven products like baskets.

"This exhibit is a celebration of culture because their art shows their courage to showcase their creative art," said Raquel Palma-Gil, Executive Director of the Kalinawa Art Foundation.

Gil said that members of indigenous peoples are often heckled in urban areas and are belittled by their fellow Filipinos. She said that although Philippine regions are rich in culture and native traditions, these are slowly being forgotten.

Ronald Tamfalan, one of the artists featured at the exhibit, traveled all the way from Sarangani province to represent his Tiboli tribe.

The exhibit proudly showcased Tamfalan's soil paintings, designed and arranged using the different natural colors of soil and dirt. He said the event serves as a way to recognize the talents of indigenous artists.

The exhibit will run for a week in Paseo Real, Tuguegarao City. Report from Brigette Mayor, ABS-CBN Cagayan Valley.