BAGUIO CITY, May 17(PIA) — The University of the Cordilleras is inviting the public to experience the rich culture and tradition of the Cordilleras in the “COR de MAYO” festival set on May 17 to 20 at the UC in Baguio City.
This is part of its commitment to uphold the vision of its founder, Atty. Benjamin Romero Salvosa – who envisioned UC to be in the forefront of the preservation and promotion of Filipino culture .
Its initial offering of activities will focus on the relaunching of the university’s flagship performing arts group. Formerly and popularly known as the “Hapiyoh Mi Cultural Group,” they are now performing under the name “UC Saeng ya Kasay Cultural Ensemble.” “Saeng ya Kasay” translates as “Torch and Shield” in the local dialect which resonates the group’s role in sharing and preserving the rich Cordilleran heritage.
The festival kicks off on May 17 with a photo exhibit by Eros Goze, an international photographer from Baguio City, featuring members of the Saeng ya Kasay garbed in traditional attires of the six provinces of the Cordillera region.This is accompanied by a live mannequin display and Cordilleran-themed refreshments prepared by the UC’s College of Hospitality and Tourism students.
On May 18, the College of Teacher Education, in partnership with Cordillera News Agency (CNA) Foundation, will host a lecture symposium on cultural sensitivity at 9:30 AM at the UC Auditorium.
Sonia Daoas, a former UC Vice President for Administration and an advocate of culture , with former member of the National Committee on Culture and the Arts Committee on Gallery Malen Catajan will talk on the perception of the younger generation towards indigenous cultural tradition and heritage in the modern age.
On May 20 at 3PM will be a pre-show featuring contemporary performances by the UC Chorale, Orchestra and UC Senior High School Dance Club.
The festival will culminate with a grand cultural show headlined by the Saeng ya Kasay Cultural Ensemble. They will render theatrical presentations of the music and dances of the six provinces of the Cordilleras.
The COR de MAYO festival which is intended to become an annual event every month of May coincides with the National Heritage Month celebration in recognition of the need to create among the people a consciousness, respect, and love for the legacies of Filipino cultural history.
Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 439 s. 2003, the month of May of every year is National Heritage Month. This year’s theme is “Malasakit Para Sa Pamana” (Care for Heritage). (JDP/RMC-PIA CAR & SLU Interns)