Indigenous culture, tradition celebrated in Indigenous People’s day

The UST Simbahayan Community Development Office (UST SIMBAHAYAN), in partnership with the Students Tourism Society of the College of Tourism and Hospitality Management, and the College of Education, organized the Araw ng Katutubo 2017 (Indigenous People’s day) at the Dapdap Multipurpose Gymnasium in Bamban, Tarlac.

The annual event which started in 2003 is a continuing joint activity of
the UST SIMBAHAYAN and Ayta para-teachers and learners of the UST
Distance Education Program.

Araw ng Katutubo aimed to showcase and preserve the culture and
heritage of the University’s partner indigenous people (IP) communities.
This year’s event showcased cultural presentations, traditional bamboo
cooking contest, poster and slogan making contest, nutrition caravan,
forum on cultural pride and preservation, and tribal games.
Selected Dumagat IP community leaders from Sitio Mainit, Antipolo,
Rizal and children of Salugpungan Lumad IP School in Mindanao
also participated to show solidarity with the Aytas from Sitios Malasa,
Mabilog, San Martin, Santa Rosa, and Buok Bamban, Tarlac.

Over 300
participants and volunteers participated in this year’s celebration. This
year’s theme was “Katutubo at Ako: Salinlahi ng Kultura at Tradisyong

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