Vol. 1 Issue No. 6, JUNE 2016 … page 14
Although not perfectly fine-tuned, their performances surely left a big impact both for the audience and the stars of the show in a night of cultural awakening.
Members of the different tribes of Flora competed in the Indigenous People Got Talent during the cultural night on June 21, one of the main highlights of the 2016 Kabinnulig Festival.
The usual performances included traditional dances, the use of home-made instruments and colorful costumes.
A group of Kalinga performers got an average of 90.6 percent from the judges to emerge champion. They went home with the top prize of P5,000.
All the other group contestants (Tingguian, Ybanag, Isnag, Kankanaey and Agta) received consolation prizes of P1,000 each.
Tingguian got 89.4 percent for second place while Ybanag 87 percent for third.
Meanwhile, no less than President Rodrigo R. Duterte gave his assurance that his administration will give equal opportunity for the Indigenous People.
Mentioning this in his inaugural speech at Malacanang Palace on June could mean a lot for the country’s so-called cultural minorities.
With massive poverty, lack of employment opportunities and the right to basic education prevailing in the countryside, the indigenous people might have a big hope from a newly-installed administration for these social problems to be properly addressed.