CABARROGUIS, Quirino, Aug. 31 (PIA)–The Provincial Tourism Office here recently launched its newest cultural project aimed at preserving culture through creating and recreating cultural items that depict the natural and cultural bounty of the province.
Funded by the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the project, entitled Sarukod ni Apo: Creating Art Pieces and Hiking Poles Inspired by Traditional and Indigenous Art of Quirino was conceptualized in a bid to showcase the rich history of the 21 ethnic groups living in the province.
To jumpstart the project, series of workshops for both the modern and traditional artists and craftsmen were conducted to capacitate them in creating or recreating traditional cultural items such as kalaw or hornbill ornaments, musical instruments, miniature Bugkalot houses, beaded & woven accessories.
The project proponents said that the hiking poles can also be an interesting blank canvass- both a challenging and versatile medium. Artists can curve, burn, paint or inlay designs into the poles and they can even incorporate traditional beadwork, metal works, embroidery and weaving as straps as added decorations.
One specific item to be developed is hiking pole designed with distinct images of the province’s natural landscape, wildlife and culture. The idea came from a popular souvenir item in Mt Fuji where hikers can buy hiking stick at the trailhead and get it stamped at every rest station until the summit.
“This can be easily adapted in the province since many of our tourist sites and indigenous communities can only be reached through hiking because these are found in the upland or in protected areas,” the proponents said.
In the proposal to the NCCA, the tourism office said the province is now promoted as a province of nature, culture and adventure being the home of some 21 tribes enjoying the clean, swift rivers, soaring limestone cliffs, roaring waterfalls and lush forests.
“Quirino is blessed with a bounty of natural landscape, rich and diverse cultural background. However despite diversity and the rich history of the ethnic groups that lived in the province, there were no cultural programs yet to promote the traditional, visual arts and crafts,” the project proponents noted.
Further, the tourism office said that by creating the indigenous arts and crafts, they will be able to document the history or the special meaning of each item. The Kalaw headdress for example is worn only by Bugkalot warriors who had accomplished headhunting during the tribes dances, celebrations and ritual.
The project is envisioned to be a catalyst for future culture and arts programs through collaboration with various agencies to conceptualize and create unique designs that reflect the natural and cultural bounty of the province.
The hiking poles and other indigenous art objects will be showcased in all the tourist destinations all over the province. Also, arrangements with neighboring shopping malls DTI-sponsored trade fairs will be done to showcase the products all over the country. (MDCT/TCB/PIA 2-Quirino)
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