Want to appreciate Mindanao better?
Codes: K3 C6
Source: Mindanao Times
Date Published: 04/08/02
Starting Page: internet edition
WANT to have a better appreciation of Mindanao in just three days? Attend the 24th National Conference of the Ugnayang Pang-Aghamtao (UGAT) or Anthropological Association of the Philippines at the Paradise Island Beach Resort from Monday to Wednesday and listen to scholars speak about the distribution of archaeological sites in Mindanao from the Paleolithic age to the present by island and provinces; the origin of Monkayo; the Higaonon decline in Northern Mindanao; the implications of the Butuan archaeological find on Asian linkages; how a T'boli epic singer and a Manila-based diva relate with Lake Sebu; a Manobo feminist practice in the oral epic Agyu; the subjectivity in the Agusan Manobo's ted-em (song).
Learn about the Tudbulul, the song of the old T'boli man; the indigenous concepts of power and the artisan's muse among the Tagabawa Bagobo in Sibulan, Davao del Sur; the bio-diversity conservation program in Lopez Jaena, Misamis Occidental; the shifting anchorage and violence in the lives of the Badjao; the survival of Sama-Dilaut in an urban setting; the Iranun historiograpical contours of the Subpangan principality and the Pulangui River-Illana Bay Corridor from 1515 to 1765.
Under the conference theme, "Rootwork and Network: Weaving Mindanao Anthology," four panels have been created to tackle archaeology, history,ecology; indigenous art, music and rituals; Asia-Pacific perspectives on Mindanao; and cultures of peace, violence and development.
Ever wondered how Indonesians view Mindanao and the Mindanawons? Find out from Herry Yogasawara of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences. Floor Quibuyen of the University of the Philippines in the Visayas will tackle wayfinding, a "disappeared" knowledge in Philippine pre-history and anthropology; Gus Miclat, executive director of the Initiatives for International Dialogue will talk on solidarity and the Mindanao struggle; while Aurora Roxas-Lim of the University of the Philippines' Asian Centerwill deliver an overview of the East Asean Growth Area. Panel 4 on the Cultures of Peace, Violence and Development will have Cynthia Neri Zayas of UP Diliman speak on "Shifting Anchorage and Violence in the lives of the Badjao;" Anthony R. Balisi also of UP Diliman will talk on "Panandayuhan at Pang-aangkop: Ang Usapi ng mga Badjao ng Mindanao;" Nimfa Bracamonte of the Mindanao State University in Iligan will tackle survival in an urban setting among the Sama Dilaut; Vel J. Suminguit, Ma. Easterluna S. Canoy and Merlyne M. Paunlagui will present a paper on creating space for local forest management; Prof. Rudy Rodil of MSU Iligan will speak