DUNGOG: Indigenous Peoples Festival 2009

October 2-6, 2009 – Villareal Stadium, Roxas City

Dungog: Indigenous Peoples Festival 2009

Roxas City, Philippines – Capiz Provincial Government through the leadership of Governor Victor A. Tanco, Sr., en masse with National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Subcommission on Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts will hold DUNGOG: Indigenous Peoples (IP) Festival 2009 at Villareal Stadium, Roxas City Philippines on October 2-6, 2009. 

DUNGOG, is a local Hiligaynon term means dignity and to the other communities as to listen, is the IP celebration that will brings together 110 ethno-linguistic groups nationwide in which the vividness of tradition, customs and cultural practices will be featured. 

Indigenous cultural communities that are expected to attend  are Gaddang, Kankana-ey, Ifugao, Kalinga, Jama Mapun, Palawani and Molbog, Pala’wan, mangyan, Agta/Ita, Lineyte/Samarnon, Panay Bukidnon, Ati, Akeanon/Hiligaynon/Kinaray-a, Bagobo, Subanen, Tausug and Sama. These IP’s are descendants of the original inhabitants of this archipelago who have somehow managed to resist centuries of colonization and in the process have retained their own customs, traditions and ways of life.
To aid this once in a life time event for Capiz,  the NCCA allocated budgets of 6 million pesos while the Province of Capiz came up with 2.1 million pesos as counterpart fund. 

The festival starts on October 2 with  the Dungog Tumandok: a solidarity parade headed by the elders of the different participating IP’s group, this parade is symbolic of the union of the IP’s in their celebration of peace and their solidarity in declaring the unique colors of their heritage as seen through their traditional clothing, Bungad/Umpisa:Opening Program and Ritual will highlight short performance pieces in the form of chants, songs, dances and movements descriptive to the groups’ cultural ways and tradition , Dayon! welcoming the guests and

A replica of an Ifugao House which  considered as one of the most perfect forms of pre-Spanish handcraft architecture

A replica of an Ifugao House which is considered as one of the most perfect forms of pre-Spanish handcraft architecture

 participants to the Indigenous Peoples’ Traditional Houses as part of their efforts advocating cultural exchange and traditional arts and cultural preservation. After these, Tagbuanay an interactive demonstrations in IP houses and their ways of living will be presented and followed by Hinun-anon I, a forum on eco-cultural tourism and its impact on Heritage Preservation and Ancestral Land Protection.

       On October 3, a traditional games exhibition called Palumbaanay will be held and cultural performances of the IP’s group and this will be open to all at the Capiz gym. Scheduled on the next day, is the Panglugayawon, an eco-cultural tour and community interaction for IP participants. This activity will enable the participants to educate themselves the role of culture in sustainable development so they can share how their arts and culture can be sustained while fostering respect in other cultures.

       On October 5, Eaha – an interactive workshops and cooking demonstration will be held to make the participants knowledgeable of the different traditional culinary arts.

Republic Act 8371 known as Indigenous Peoples Rights Act of 1997 (IPRA) authored by Senator Juan M. Flavier embodies the rights and aspirations of the Indigenous Peoples, which are: 

  • Right to Ancestral Domain
  • Right to Self-Governance
  • Social Justice & Human Rights
  • Cultural Integrity

 The estimated population of the Philippine’s indigenous people has reached 14,184,645 people which constitutes to 15.76% of the total population of the country according to the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP).

Dungog IP Festival 2009 Logo designed by John Alaban
Dungog IP Festival 2009 Logo designed by John Alaban


Panay Bukidnon Cultural Community of Tapaz, Capiz

Panay Bukidnon Cultural Community of Tapaz, Capiz with NCCA Executive Director Cecile Guidote-Alvarez

Capiz has its own recognized IPs: The Panay Bukidnon (Sulodnon/Tumandok) of Tapaz, Capiz-Calinog, Iloilo and Ati in Dumarao, Capiz. Panay Bukidnon ethnic group is well known of their “Binukot” or kept maidens that are considered as good chanters , “Panubok” the traditional embroidery and “Binanog” the cultural dance tradition of Sulodnon that embodies an ideology/expression called “sibud.” Sibud as projected by the binanog indicates ‘flow,’ regulating the workability of music-dance performance through the play of structures and synchronizations that imitates a hawk. 


Governor Victor Tanco with Bo Bediones and Col. Angan during the Dungog IP Festival Press Conference

Governor Victor Tanco with Bo Bediones and Col. Angan during the Dungog IP Festival Press Conference

One reason why Province of Capiz was chosen to host this year’s IP Festival is that Capiz received the award as a Friendly-Culture LGU during the 2009 World Theater Week Celebration held in Malacañang Palace last March 27, 2009.

The festival coincides with the province’s hosting of the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Forum of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) which will be attended by 60 to 80 delegates from various ASEAN countries .

The upcoming events are opportunity for the province to showcase its tourism potentials and uplift the Capiz tourism industry.

With these, being CAPISNON… let us all unite to be involved in this event, a once in a life time. Let us also be part of the history, encourage one another to watch and take part in showing hospitality to the visitors, give them a good impression that will last forever.

Map of Roxas City


Dungog Secretariat Office
Stall #1, Commercial Stalls,
Villareal Stadium, Roxas City, Capiz

Tel No. +63.36.6212.935
Mobile: +63.929.115.6258

Email: dungog.secretariat@gmail.com
Website: http://dungog.ning.com


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4 responses to “DUNGOG: Indigenous Peoples Festival 2009

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  4. Ethel Patino

    hi!, good day! Im Ethel from Manila, I am a student taking up my thesis, i seek help for the survey of my proposed project, a cultural center in Panay, and I need some views from Capiznons, my province is Antique and Iloilo and I dont really know that much in Capiz so i was hoping you could help me, thank you and God Bless!

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