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OTHER LUZON INDIGENOUS PEOPLES JOIN IN. A big delegation of Ilongot (Bugkalot), Ayta/Dumagat, and settler Igorots from Aurora province join the Cordillera Day celebration. Their territory straddles the Caraballo-Sierra Madre mountain ranges, which is adjacent to the Cordillera. At left, the Aurora delegation performs a cultural presentation, ending in a militant war whoop.  

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In the news: Groups Continue the Legacy of Macliing Dulag

Veterans of the Abra indigenous peoples' struggle against the Cellophil project in the late 1970's and early 1980's hold a workshop to share their experiences and lessons with the younger generations.   Leaders of Cordillera peasant organizations conduct another workshop on the adverse impact of the GATT-WTO on local agriculture. A number of other workshops are held on the morning and afternoon of April 23, distributed throughout the grounds.   Farmer-activists go beyond mere lectures and discussions. They bring with them, not just for display but for exchange, stocks of indigenous rice and other crop varieties.
More dancing from the Ifugao delegation.   Cultural activists of the Dap-ayan ti Kultura ti Kordilyera (DKK) present in dramatic form the historical highlights of the Cordillera peoples' struggle. Above, they reenact the infamous Beew massacre perpetrated by Phil Army troops.   A Mtn. Province cultural troupe, composed mostly of high school kids, show their elders their deep grasp of the problem of tribal war -- its roots in the past, impact on the present, and prospects for solution. The M16 replica might made of soft carton, but the youthful determination to stop tribal wars is real.
At dusk of April 24, the closing ceremony features a turnover ritual between the veterans and pioneers of the Cordillera people's struggle and the younger generation of leaders and activists. Torches are lit, symbolically passed from the older to the younger generation.
But then, again, every Cordillera Day has its lighter, celebratory, sometimes even hilariously funny moments. The delegation of Taiwan indigenous peoples sing popular songs.   Above center, the audience enjoys quite a round of hearty laughs as the Metro Baguio delegation presents a spoof on the vagaries of urban (not necessarily urbane) living in a pushcart economy.   Finally, as the celebration goes deep into the night and wee hours of the morning, some delegates from Western countries (above, right) learn some steps of indigenous Cordillera dances.
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