“Ullalim/Sogsogna: Revisiting a Kalinga Music of Tradition,” a lecture by Kalinga scholar Scott Magkachi Saboy, will be held on March 23 at the Sarmiento Hall, UP Baguio.
The lecture aims to present “a fuller appreciation of the nature of this oral tradition” which has often been described in both academic and popular circles as an epic.
“The heart of this oral tradition is its peculiar melody, and thus cannot be boxed in a single literary genre, theme or chronological moment,” Saboy asserts and bats for a broader understanding of the ullalim “to refer to either a heroic tale or an extemporaneous speech as long as it is sung in a manner distinctive to this oral form.”
Saboy will also discuss the “contemporary recasting” of the ullalim among the Kalingas “in a culture gone electronic, digital, virtual, and global.”
The talk is part of the new round of the Saliksik Kordilyera Lecture Series, a joint undertaking by the UP Baguio’s research arm, the Cordillera Studies Center (CSC), and CSC research affiliate and sponsor Baguio-born anthropologist Dr. Carmen Domingo-Kirk.
The first round of lectures were successively held in 2011, 2013, and 2015, featuring Dr. Rosario del Rosario (“The Ifugao Alim as Gendered Discourse”), Dr. Albert Bacdayan ("Ritual for All Occasions: The Significance and Persistence of the 'Senga' in Northern Sagada”), Dr. Esteban Magannon (“The Kalinga Mandadawak: Her Notions of Illness and Treatment”).
The Saliksik-Kordilyera project provides incentives to Filipino scholars doing work in Cordillera studies. It is designed to encourage the conduct of quality research in this field of inquiry. (Roland Rabang)
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 20, 2017.
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