Kabayan highlights tradition in dance

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Friday, February 21, 2014


LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Tradition of the province is highlighted in the performance for defending champions in Kabayan town.

The Kabayan Youth Cultural Dance Troupe from Kamora National High School will again brandish Benguet folklore in a continuing presentation of celebration, Adivay.

In line with this year’s theme of “Inspiring the community for a greener tomorrow,” the Kabayan choreography will focus around a local folktale involving man’s relationship with the four elements of nature, namely: earth, wind, fire, water.

The group is eying a grand slam, hoping to bag the best performance yet again.

The storyline goes, the goddess of earth provided the native inhabitants with vast greenery of natural resources and rich hunting grounds. As they celebrate their bountiful harvest with a ritual called “Bindiyan”, they forgot to invite “Bentawan”- the goddess of fire.

Bentawan felt so offended she burned the whole forest surrounding their community. Having no more source of livelihood, the tribe chanted and prayed to “Kabunian” for mercy and bounty.

Kabunian saw their sincerity and conveyed to “angban”- the goddess of water to provide them with enough rain.

When the soil became fertile again, the natives started to generate their forest by planting trees, crops and flowers. With the help of “Kabigat”- the goddess of wind, seeds were spread rapidly and the lush natural resources came to life.

Soon enough the Panagbenga, the season of blooming came with ecological balance finally restored in their community, they celebrated once again with a “canao” called “adivay”, a native term meaning “to come together and have fun.”

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 22, 2014.

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