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Ifugao Day held in Central, Hong Kong

| September 13, 2017

Ifugao Day 2017

September 10, 2017 was a red day for the Ifugao Association HK as it was their annual celebration of Ifugao Day.

With the theme: “IMMIPUGOS UNITE: TO PROMOTE AND PRESERVE OUR CULTURAL HERITAGES IN FOREIGN LAND,” the OFWs from the Province of Ifugao showcased their culture through a competition in Interpretative Native Songs which most songs are about their daily lives throughout the agricultural year.
The Municipality of Kiangan won the Interpretative Native Song.

The celebration was also the venue for the Search for Ms Ifugao – HK 2017. Ms Hingyon was crowned Ms Ifugao HK 2017 while Ms Alfonsolista was the 1st Runner-up and Ms Lagawe, 2nd Runner-up.

Speeches and messages punctuated the event with Honorable Robert D. Quintin, Vice Consul of PCG HK was the Guest Speaker where he stressed that Culture is very important in the lives of the Cordillerans, especially the Ifugaos. So much so that what the forefathers had built and defended, the oresent generation should do as well so that the culture of the Ifugaos will be passed on to the future Ifugaos.

Honorable Pablo M. Cuyahon, the Municipal Councilor of Hungduan thanked the Ifugao Association-HK for conceptualizing the need to bring and widen the spheres and knowledge on the importance of the promotion and conservation of the Ifugao Cultural Heritage in Hong Kong. He said that the Ifugao Culture is found to be one of the most interesting and loved in the world as proven by the declarations of the famous Rice Terraces as a World Heritage sites by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The “Hudhud,” famous Ifugao Epic and the exciting River Tugging Ritual called “Punnuk” in Hungduan are some of the cultural heritages of Ifugao that were declared as world heritages.
Councilor Cuyahon further said that the unity, cooperation and brotherhood he witnessed in this event is a manifestation of a more united family relationship that is typical to all Filipinos especially the Ifugaos.

The Chairperson of Cordillera Alliance HK, Luz Afidchao shared that the Land, the ancestral domain of the Ifugaos is a cultural heritage. She stated that land is considered as life. It is where a community came from and where the race of the Cordillerans, the Ifugaos sprung up. The Ifugao forefathers stalwartly guarded and defended the land for the future. And in so doing, the present should strongly do as well, for without the land, there will be no place to celebrate the unique culture. Ms. Afidchao took the chance to mention the “Defend Land, Life, Resources Coalition,” composed of Cordillera Alliance(CorAll), United Filipinos in Hong Kong (UNIFIL), Cervantes Organization and Suyo Ilocos Sur Association (SISA). A coalition against large scale mining and power energy projects of SN Aboitiz. In the Province of Ifugao, the Municipalities of Lagawe and Lamut are the most affected areas of the SN Aboitiz power energy projects. The municipality of Lamut stood firm in saying “NO” to the power energy  project. She invited the Ifugao Association to join and be further informed about the coalition this October 1 and October 15.

Guest performers such as the Singles & Doubles Group serenaded the audience with their song “Nan Layad en Sikhafan” (Love Can Wrench A Pain So Deep); the Pinatud A Saleng ti Umili(PSU) and CorAll sang “Tumurod, Tumured”(Be Brave and Be Strong ) while the Kalinga Province Workers’ Association (KHAPWA) showed their prowess in dancing their ethnic dance and was followed by a community dance. The NHTA HK, a taekwando group demonstrated their breathtaking stances, fighting postions and defense.

The event ended with a lively Ifugao ethnic dance. A dance thanking the Almighty God for the abundant blessings He bestowed upon the Ifugao people especially Ifugao Association-HK.


Editor’s Note: the article and phot was contributed by Ms. Luzia Rose Afidchao


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