SEVERAL indigenous peoples who were delegates of the National Commission for the Culture and Arts (NCCA) Dayaw Visayas had a cultural tour at the Art District of Bacolod City recently.

The activity was aimed to let them see the various art pieces showcased in the district, which somehow elicited their art appreciation.

Tanya Lopez of The Negros Museum, Pablito Gonzales of the Central Cultural Communities, and Rudy Reveche of Colegio de San Agustin-Bacolod collaborated to organize the said visit, which was anchored on the thrust of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) to keep the Filipino arts and culture alive.

The indigenous peoples were given a walking tour to see the spaces that the Art District shared with the local artists, who were passionate about engaging in making various quality art creations, which hopefully have inspired them to keep on celebrating and be proud of the Filipino arts and culture.

The success of this small gathering was seen in the smiles on their faces as they toured the various art pieces and cultures too, to the province of Negros.

Among those who came were indigenous peoples representing Malbog, Palawani, Jama Mapun, Tagbanua, Pala’wan, and Batak of Palawan; Mangyan of Mindoro, Tagalog, Rombloanon, and Mantoanon of Luzon, Ati of Capiz, Guimaras and Iloilo.

Other indigenous peoples who were part of the activity were the Ati of Aklan and Antique; Sulod/Panay Bukidnon of Panay Island; Ilonggo/Hiligaynon, Akeanon, and Kiniray-a of Panay and Negros; Ati, Ata, and Bukignon/Bukidnon of Negros; Boholano and Cebuano; and Abaknon and Waray of Samar and Leyte.