Iloko-Bago cultures highlighted in La Union festival
MANILA, Philippines—Tawid Taoid, a showcase of Iloko-Bago performances, was celebrated in La Union as part of the National Arts Month in Februrary.
The travelling performance and exhibit showcased various arts mastered by the students of the Tawid Taoid partner schools such as La Union National High School (LUNHS), La Union Special School for Culture and Arts in Santol, La Union, and Saint Louis College.
The opening ceremony of Tawid Taoid was held at the Santol Town Auditorium on Feb. 17. Another set of performances was mounted at LUNHS Don Pacoy Ortega Auditorium on Feb. 18. The event closed at the Saint Louis College (SLC) Gymnasium on Feb. 20.
From the Tagalog term “tawid” and the Ilokano term for heritage, “taoid,” Tawid Taoid in La Union showecased the diversity of cultures in La Union, featuring Bago dances, songs and oral tradition, and Ilokano folk dances, chants and dramas.
Classic Iloko folk songs like the “Pamulinawen,” “Manang Biday” and “Ti Ayat Ti Maysa Nga Ubing” were rendered by the SLC Chorale.
A travelling exhibit featured metal sculptures and paintings by architecture students of SLC and other schools.
Tawid Taoid is one of the 12 project grants for the celebration of National Arts Month. As mandated by Presidential Proclamation 683, National Arts Month is annually celebrated and spearheaded by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.