Press Release
February 28, 2023

Legarda launches docu-series on Panay cultural heritage in Senate

Senate President Pro Tempore Loren Legarda is launching today a series of documentaries on the intangible cultural heritage of Panay Island in the Senate as part of celebrating National Arts Month.

The 'Maaram, Isla ng Panay' features the lives and communities of Panay and tackles the performative traditions of the komedya and the taltal, the Visayan counterpart of the Tagalog senakulo; the exquisite craft of weaving, including the procurement and circulation of raw materials; the Hudas-Hudas ritual, a tradition unique to the province of Antique as it exists alongside the intense veneration of saints during the Semana Santa; and the binanog, the ritual dance of the Panay Bukidnon.

The docu-series, a project of the Philippine Studies Association, in partnership with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the office of Legarda, was formally launched on February 22, 2023, at the University of the Philippines (UP) Visayas in Iloilo City.

It is through Legarda's initiative that 'Maaram' is brought to the Senate, where she currently chairs the Committee on Culture and the Arts.

"Maaram tells the stories of our people in many far-flung regions, where creative expressions have a life-enhancing function and where culture bearers and masters are exercising all possible deeds to make these traditions alive in the face of modernity," Legarda said.

"Embedded in the intangible cultural heritage of Panay is the expression of important values such as resilience, diligence, dignity, and integrity -- virtues that should form the weft and warp of our moral fabric as a people," she added.

As a staunch advocate of preserving and promoting Philippine culture, Legarda has filed various legislations, such as SB 241 or the proposed Philippine Handloom Weaving Industry Development Act of 2022, which aims to continuously empower Filipino weavers and to mainstream government programs in developing our local textile industry; SB 622 amending RA 10066 or the National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009 with the integration of cultural mapping at all levels of government; and SB 836 or the Philippine Music Industry Act of 2022 that aims to boost the music industry's contributions to Philippine cultural landscape, societal development, and economic growth.

"Through my office, I promise you proactive legislative action in the area of art, culture, and heritage promotion. I hope to strengthen the position of intangible cultural heritage in national policy formulation," said Legarda.

The 'Maaram' project's outputs, which include the USBs of the documentaries and the 'Maaram' Teachers' Resource Manual, are expected to complement the teaching of core subjects in the senior high school program, particularly the subjects of Contemporary Philippine Arts in the Region (CPAR), Understanding Culture, Society and Politics, and Media and Information Literacy.


Legarda inilunsad ang docu-series tampok ang cultural heritage ng Panay sa Senado

Bilang bahagi ng pagdiriwang sa National Arts Month, inilunsad ni Senate President Pro Tempore Loren Legarda ang isang serye ng dokumentaryo tungkol sa intangible cultural heritage ng Isla ng Panay sa Senado ngayong araw.

Tampok sa 'Maaram, Isla ng Panay' ang buhay at mga komunidad ng Panay, gayundin ang mga tradisyon ng komedya at taltal, na halintulad sa senakulong Tagalog; ang sining ng paghahabi; ang ritwal na Hudas-Hudas, isang tradisyong natatangi sa lalawigan ng Antique na isinasagawa tuwing Semana Santa; at ang binanog, ang ritwal na sayaw ng Panay Bukidnon.

Ang docu-series na ito na proyekto ng Philippine Studies Association, sa pakikipagtulungan sa National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) at sa tanggapan ni Legarda, ay pormal na inilunsad noong February 22, 2023, sa University of the Philippines (UP) Visayas sa Iloilo City.

Ang pagpapalabas nito sa Senado ay mula sa inisyatiba ni Legarda na kasalukuyang namumuno sa Committee on Culture and the Arts.

"Maaram tells the stories of our people in many far-flung regions, where creative expressions have a life-enhancing function and where culture bearers and masters are exercising all possible deeds to make these traditions alive in the face of modernity," sabi ni Legarda.

"Embedded in the intangible cultural heritage of Panay is the expression of important values such as resilience, diligence, dignity, and integrity -- virtues that should form the weft and warp of our moral fabric as a people," dagdag pa niya.

Bilang tagapagtaguyod ng pangangalaga at pagsusulong sa kulturang Pilipino, iba't ibang panukalang batas ang inihain ni Legarda tulad ng SB 241 o ang Philippine Handloom Weaving Industry Development Act of 2022, na naglalayong lalong palakasin ang industriya ng paghahabi at local textile sa bansa; ang SB 622 na mag-aamyenda sa RA 10066 o National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009 at magmamandato sa pagsasagawa ng cultural mapping sa lahat ng antas ng gobyerno; at SB 836 o Philippine Music Industry Act of 2022 na naglalayong pagyamanin ang kontribusyon ng industriya ng musika sa kultura ng Pilipinas, pag-unlad ng lipunan at paglago ng ekonomiya ng bansa.

"Through my office, I promise you proactive legislative action in the area of art, culture, and heritage promotion. I hope to strengthen the position of intangible cultural heritage in national policy formulation," ani Legarda.

Ang mga output ng proyektong 'Maaram', kabilang ang mga USB na naglalaman ng mga dokumentaryo at ang 'Maaram' Teachers' Resource Manual, ay inaasahang makatutulong sa pagtuturo ng mga pangunahing asignatura sa senior high school, partikular ang mga paksa ng Contemporary Philippine Arts in the Region (CPAR), Understanding Culture, Society and Politics, and Media and Information Literacy.

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