January 23, 2012

Beyond Performance: A Discussion on Igorot Arts and Culture

Igorots are the peoples of Northern Luzon, Philippines, known amongst most Pilipinos forging the famed Banaue Rice Terraces, for historical acts of headhunting, intricate backstrap weaving, bead and jewelry making, pottery, metalwork, and centuries old methods of rice farming.

BIBAK is an international organization of Igorot people dedicated to educating and preserving the culture of its five tribes – Benguet, Ifugao, Bontoc, Apayao, and Kalinga.

Beyond Performance will highlight:

* who and what is BIBAK
* the significance of Igorot dances and rituals
* how the Pilipino Culture Night, intended to showcase the diverse cultures of the Philippines, has played a role in the understanding of Igorots
* the methods by which Igorot -American youth learn about their culture
* philosophies on teaching cultural dance in and outside of the Igorots culture

Saturday, January 28, 2012 – 11:30am – 2:00pm
Malcolm X Library and Performing Arts Center, Multipurpose Room
5148 Market Street
San Diego, CA

Our hopes are:

* attendees will gain a greater understanding of the Igorot experience
* to begin a dialogue between Igorots and other Pilipino people about teaching diverse Pilipino cultures

*This is a FREE event


Mike Wandag– Council of Elders, Igorot Global Organization; Director, Institute of Native Arts; Director, BIBAK Dance Ensemble

Mark Leo–Council of Elders, Igorot Global Organization; Public Relations Officer, BIBAK San Diego

Facilitator: Kirin Amiling Macapugay, Vice President, BIBAK San Diego; Director of Youth Affairs, Kalingas- North America Network

11:30 Registration and Welcome

11:45 Who and what is BIBAK?

11:50 Igorot Dance and Rituals, video and photo examples

12:40 The Pilipino Culture Night and its impact on the Igorot identity, teaching Igorot culture to Igorots and non-Igorots, history of Igorot in Pilipino society

1:20 Questions, Discussion

2:00 Conclusion

Please RSVP by Wednesday, 1/25/12 on this event page or to Kirin Amiling Macapugay, kirin568@gmail.com, 619.917.8412

**This will not be a dance workshop, but an educational forum and place for discourse. For us, as it is for many of you, dance is just part of how we celebrate our culture. It is just as important to know the culture, and all of its back story, as the dance moves themselves, hence “beyond performance.”

Like us on facebook: BIBAK Youth San Diego

Please note; parents are responsible for young children. The library does have a children section located away from the main room. There is ample free parking in the library parking lot and along Market Street. Thank you all ahead of time for your interest in learning about Igorots, from Igorots.


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