by: Dejemark Serrera Campoamor
October 2020 — In celebration of the Indigenous Peoples’ (IP) Month amidst pandemic, Kolehiyo ng Pantukan took the headship of dressing down in IP costumes every Monday of the Month to give significance and recognition to our indigenous peoples dwelling still in the lands and seashores of Pantukan. This activity was spearheaded by Dr. Jocelyn Hijada-Hua . “Wearing indigenous clothes does not only signify the importance of our ancestors and forefathers, it is like embodying them and bringing back our ancient roots to life” said Dr. Hua.
All KNP faculty and non-teaching personnel actively participated in the activity. All wearing authentic indigenous peoples’ dresses seamed using authentic clothes and design pattern including but not limited to Mansaka, Mandaya, Bagobo, Ifugao, Kalagan/Kagan textiles. “This is an opportunity to showcase who we really are and what culture we actually have since most of the IPs are being marginalized in a globalized society” stressed Mr. Carlos Benzhar G. Sawer Jr., a proud faculty member of Kolehiyo ng Pantukan and a proud Kagan.
As a culmination of this one month activity, KNP conducted Lyurot festival where the exotic cultural foods of Mansakas were being showcased. With this, Kolehiyo ng Pantukan is now venturing on programs that will highlight the IPs and their community.