LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- The province’s culture and tradition will continue to live on and flourish for the generations to come with the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) allotting funds again this year to the School of Living Tradition (SLT) projects.

For this year, 10 projects which include a proposal in Baguio City were approved with P2.385 million funding according to Clarita Prudencio, Chief of the Provincial Tourism Operations Office.

With the aim of preserving cultural heritage in its living form in the generations to come, SLTs are carried out through a living master or culture bearer possessing the skills and techniques of traditional art or craft through a non-formal, oral and with practical demonstrations.

Prudencio said the SLTs have big impact in terms of cultural preservation with the goal to let the youth appreciate the traditional practices of their ancestors. Taught are performing arts, indigenous food making and handicrafts.

The approved projects which are in the form of crafts and performing arts are training on Ibaloy Performing Arts by the Kamora National High School (KNHS); training on Banayakeo Traditional Bamboo Crafting local government unit of Poblacion Atok ; training and Workshop for Skilled Gong ‘Gangsa” Makers Cum Production of the Bedbed Senior Citizens Association of Mankayan; training on Ibaloy Performing Arts of LGU Topdac, Atok; installation of Local Cultural Icon-Doligen Legendary Rock of LGU Poblacion, Bakun; Bobok-Bisal Cultural Festival of the LGU of Bobok-Bisal, Bokod; Tapey Festival of LGU Poblacion, Bokod, Kapangan Museum Enhancement of LGU Kapangan; and Sagawsaw Ekip Cultural Festival.

Due its geographical location, Baguio City is also included in the list.

The approved proposal is entitled “Multiculturalism and Ethnic Identity: Experiencing Authenticity in the City” to be implemented by the University of Baguio Alumni Foundation.

NCCA is regularly funding SLT proposals of the Ibaloy and Kankana-ey cluster for the past years. Last year, SLT Center was established Datakan, Kapangan which is intended as a convergence venue for SLTs. (Susan Aro/PIA-CAR)