Saturday, February 23, 2019

Closer to their roots

IT WAS a back-to-back win for the Ata tribe as Flormea Manyawron was hailed as the Hiyas ng Kadayawan 2015 on Thursday at the Davao City Recreation Center.

It was one tough competition to judge since all 11 candidates were spectacular in showcasing their culture and beliefs through the opening performance, talent show, and question and answer portion.

The candidates were prejudged in a closed-door interview before the coronation night which was 65 percent of the total tabulation, 35 percent of it was taken during the coronation night.

In the talent show, Haida Anin performed the Pangalay Ha Patong, a traditional fingernail dance of the Sama tribe; Michelle Ansal of the Bagobo-Clata tribe amazed everyone on her dramatic presentation incorporating the powerful works Manama (God); Wenallie Atan graced the stage as she skillfully projected the traditional dance of the Bagobo Tagabawa tribe; Rechel Dumalag displayed one of Matigsalog’s major problem today in her theatrical play about illegal logging; Floramea Manyawron immediately wowed the audience as she started off with educating the audience of the rights of the indigenous people then followed an elegant presentation of her tribe’s skills and ways of living; Almaida Agasur of the Iranun tribe showed a magnificent dance performance while she balanced herself in the leveled bamboo staves; Haifa Basilan delivered a wonderful malong dance which was common to the Maguindanaon people; Sitti Sara Sakkam was an expert in playing the traditional instruments of the Tausug tribe; Fatma Malutas of the Maranao tribe captured the attention of everyone as she performed a well-prepared bamboo dance; Myra Calihim hit beautiful notes as she played the kulintang of the Kagan tribe; lastly, AJ Ruth Sumandang was a multi-talented performer from the Obu-Manuvu tribe as she played instruments and danced gracefully.

Even in the opening performance, Manyawron was exceptional with her unique features which garnered her the title: Miss Photogenic and Hiyas ng RMN award. The Smart texter’s choice is from the Maranao tribe, Fatma Jaheema Malutas.

Awarded as the Hiyas sa Kalambuan 2015 or the 2nd runner-up was Michelle Ansal of the Bagobo-Clata tribe. Her thoughts on education were solid as she said during the question and answer portion of the event, “We have to strive for literacy because education bridges confidence, education bridges hope, and education bridges peace.”

Hiyas sa Panghiusa 2015 or the 1st runner-up was AJ Ruth Sumandang of the Obu-Manuvu tribe. She was asked what quality education was for her, and she brilliantly answered, “Quality education is a combination of quality learning, excellent teaching, and best curriculum. To teach in the right way will lead to better understanding.”

Flormea Manyawron’s awareness on the situation in her place earned her the title: Hiyas ng Kadayawan 2015, “Transportation is commonly identified as a problem in our community. We need to trek 80km to reach the Poblacion which makes farm to market road projects a vital development for us.”

Manyawron expressed her gratitude to her supporters after the announcement, “Bisan sa kalayo sa atong lugar gipadamaug gipakita jud ninyo (Ata tribe) ang suporta sa akoa (Our place is far from here yet you travelled just to support me). I am so happy. I am proud of my tribe, I am not ashamed. I am Hiyas ng Kadayawan.”

The Hiyas ng Kadayawan who now works under the Department of Social Welfare Development wants to promote meaningful practices to all the tribes of Davao, “Before we are dubbed as less in communication, now it is our time to prove nabago na, we are evolving in the present time but of course we strive to preserve our culture.”

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