Kaigorotan youth week opens with slogan, poster contests

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Sunday, March 3, 2013


THE Kaigorotan Youth Week (KYW) opened March 3, Sunday, at the Igorot Park.

This year’s theme, “Kaigorotan youth in the politics of change and good governance” was opened through a slogan and poster making workshop and a quiz bee on indigenous knowledge.

“With the upcoming 2013 elections, we want to show how our indigenous youth are participating in this as change-makers for the politics of change and good governance while still greatly upholding our indigenous cultures and traditions,” Katribu Youth spokesperson Julius Daguitan said.

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The annual search for Mr. And Ms. Kaigorotan will also be conducted on KYW’s culminating activity on March 10 in the afternoon at the People’s Park.

The candidates will wear indigenous attires to display the traditional practices, knowledge, and culture of the Cordillera.

“We are also challenging the youth and peoples’ to assert our rights, and the protection of our land, environment and culture,” Daguitan said.

The annual activity was organized by Cordillera Youth Center, Asia Pacific Indigenous Youth Network, Progressive Igorots for Social Action, Pinatud Anakbayan, Puliwes-Apugan Youth Organization for our Heritage, Dapayan iti Kultura iti Kordilyera, Katribu Partylist, Balennay King’s College of the Philippines, and University of Baguio Bibak.

The KYW celebration started in 1983 when the Cordillera youth marched on the streets to show their opposition against destructive projects in their indigenous communities. (Jemmie Rose Vejerano)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 04, 2013.

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