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Igorot dance, gong lessons

Posted on: July 27, 2009

http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/igorot-dance-gong-lessons

THE YMCA of Baguio has reset its lessons in basic Cordillera ethnic dance, music and culture to Saturdays, in response to the request of enrollees who find difficulty adjusting to the original week-day schedule from 4 to 6 p.m.

The Saturday sessions will be from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and from 1 to 4 p.m., according to YMCA director Philian Weygan who was tasked as point person of the cultural training for children and adults.

The Y chapter headed by newsman Eliral Refuerzo launched the project last summer as part of the focus on indigenous cultural appreciation and understanding laid out by the World Alliance of YMCAs in its “Challenge 21″ program adopted in 1999.

In two weeks time, the initial class was able to present the “tayaw” and “bendian” dances of Benguet at the closing of the annual Youth Summer Camp, another regular program of the YMCA chapter.

Weygan noted the enthusiasm of parents in having their children learn the basic movements of ethnic dances and identify and play the musical instruments of the Cordillera.

“It’s in answer to the common yearning of people who trace their roots to the Cordillera to know part of their heritage,” Refuerzo said.

People of all ages who would like to enroll may get in touch with chapter OIC- general secretary Aida Aquino at 442-4766 or program administrator Robert Vinluan at 446-5774. They may also visit the YMCA at the top of Session Rd.

Y membership and minimal registration fees will be charged to cover the honorarium of volunteer teachers who have had years teaching the subject.

Meanwhile, the YMCA is into reactivating, organizing and strengthening school-based chapters under the Red Triangle (elementary), Hi-Y (high school) and College Y clubs.

Refuerzo recently met advisers of existing and to-be-established school clubs to discuss their organization as part of the “Movement Strengthening” of the international Christian community service and youth development association.

Refuerzo called on the school chapters’ participation in the city level of the “National Youth Olympics” set on August 22 to select Baguio’s entries to the regional level of competitions.

Events to be contested, according to Y youth director Maan Cacdac are: Red Triangle – draw and tell, quiz bee (team), Bible quiz (individual), “tula”, “awi” (vocal solo) and modern dance (hip-hop); Hi-Y – “awit”, vocal duet (English), on-the-spot drawing, quiz bee (team), Bible quiz (ind.), folk dance (occupational).

Oration, extemporaneous speech and essay writing (English); College Y – vocal solo, duet, on-the-spot drawing, oration, extemporaneous speech, quiz bee (team), Bible quiz (ind.), ballroom dance (tango and jive) and essay writing (Eng.).

The academic olympics is a flagship project of the Y federation now headed by judge Edilberto Claravall who previously served as president of the YMCA of Baguio.

Meanwhile, five school advisers will be chosen as delegates to the “Movement Strengthening” set by the Philippine Federation of YMCAs on July 16 to 17 in Manila.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 9, 2009.

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