Guv pushes ‘schools of living traditions’

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Sunday, June 3, 2012


LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Governor Nestor Fongwan is pushing for production of various “schools of living traditions” (SLTs) in the province.

“We try to help them with whatever funds they need,” he said.

In the province, SLTs range from performing arts to food and crafts that are performed and crafted by local community groups, respectively.

In Kapangan town, hand-woven baskets are being marketed all over the province, as well as the original “Patda,” or embroidery designed cultural wear.

SLT projects include native dances such as tayaw and sadong/sarong and playing of instruments such as solibao, gangsa and tiktik. These projects are carried out in Buguias (Amgaleygey), Bokod (Poblacion), Kapangan (Balakbak), La Trinidad (Wangal), and Baguio City (Wangal).

In preserving traditional crafts, the skill in Kankanaey beadwork production will be embarked on in areas in Buguias (Poblacion) and Kibungan (Sagpat), while the Ibaloi embroidery was identified in Kapangan.

Fongwan said the marketing of these various SLTs is a way of preserving culture. He said they also serve as business opportunities for communities in the province.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on June 04, 2012.

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