KADAYAWAN was one of its kind hereabouts. It was spectacular, awe inspiring in its message – “10 Tribes, 1 Vibe.” As Mayor Sarah Duterte-Carpio said, “It is colorful.” I must have seen all the possible colors on earth, the picturesque combinations, the play of colors, the intricate designs and gems only the most artistic creative minds of the weavers can achieve, impressed me. This, combined with all the quaint ethnic dances, the beatings of the drums, the gongs, the graceful performers, the symbolic interpretations of customs and traditions of everyone from the very young to the most senior members of the tribes held me spellbound.
Providentially and coincidentally, I featured in my Tuesday column last August 7 The Ethnic Tribes, our indigenous brethren. How fitting was my theme. I expounded on the significance of our ethnic tribes especially in the Mindanao area. We are brothers, co-equal, all inheritors of our native land, the Philippines. I put into words the clamor of the indigenous tribes. I hope you read the article. It says it loud, clear, and with fond regards to all of them. [Read more]