‘Dayaw’ marks tenth season with stories of Filipino culture

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    Rep. LOREN LEGARDA

    Award-winning documentary series “Dayaw” enters its tenth season with six new episodes focusing on the lives and struggles of Filipino culture bearers.

    Hosted by Antique Representative Loren Legarda, “Dayaw” airs every Thursday on ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel, and the ANC Facebook page starting March 18.

    With the theme “Salinlahi: Legacies for a Changed World,” “Dayaw Season 10” will go in-depth into the stories of Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan (GAMABA) awardees, as well as the students and protégés they are mentoring to carry indigenous Filipino traditions into the new world.

    Legarda said the series will give a realistic view of the challenges faced by our National Living Treasures.

    “Our very first season aired in 2015 talked about the natural elements that shaped traditional life. This tenth season talks about current, very real problems that affect the lives of our indigenous people,” she shared. “The GAMABA awardees face the same problems all Filipinos face – poverty, lack of economic prospects, growing old and being gradually displaced. Yet, they continue to create and teach,” she added.

    Shot before the pandemic, “Dayaw Season 10” will take viewers all over the Philippines to explore and appreciate indigenous traditions that should be valued and preserved for the next generations of Filipinos. After all, Loren shared that they have always envisioned “Dayaw” to be an archive for the future.

    “More than content for broadcast or for the internet, this archive is a record for future generations,” she said.

    The first episode follows Alonzo Saclag, who passes on the way of the baglan, the warrior-headhunter of the Kalinga, through the dances and chants he teaches to young Kalinga men and women. Episode two is about Teofilo Garcia of Abra, who has devoted his life to making the tabungaw, a beautiful and functional hat that is a product of combining agriculture and ecology. The third episode is about Eduardo Mutuc and his sons’ quest to keep the legacy of pinukpuk alive.

    In the remaining episodes, “Dayaw” will feature two legendary weavers, the late Lang Dulay, the T’boli dreamweaver known for her 100 patterns and designs; and Bai Yabing Masalon Dulo, who mentored young women in South Cotabato before she passed away. It will also listen to the voices of the young artisans, craftsmen, and technical workers of Escuela Taller, a training center for vocational skills especially for the poor, out-of-school youth.

    “Dayaw,” a production of ANC and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, was conceptualized by then Senator Loren Legarda, NCCA’s Dangal ng Haraya Patron of Arts and Culture awardee.