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CCCA launches books on Panay culture and heritage

The UP Visayas Chancellor’s Committee for Culture and the Arts launched three books on Panay culture and heritage on June 28, 2016 at the UPV Gallery lobby, UP Visayas, Iloilo City campus.

Prof. Martin Genodepa introduced the books and their authors. These are Kalampay, the fifth in the series of 13 titles of the Suguidanon of Panay published by the University of the Philippines Press and Sibod and Mumunting Tinig by Dr. Christine Muyco.

Kalampay tells the story of a Matan-ayon (Ayon), the beautiful wife of Labaw Donggon (Abaw) who was lured to go to the protruding back of the Kalampay (crab) which posed as a little island with inviting ripe betel nut trees. Kalampay was chanted by Federico Caballero and was researched more than 20 years ago by anthropologist and UP Professor Emeritus, Dr. Alicia Magos and her associate researcher, Anna Razel L. Ramirez in the hinterlands of Central Panay. The book published the epic chants which were translated into the nearest Kinaray-a, Filipino and English. Dr. Magos is Professor Emeritus of UP Visayas and Anna Razel L. Ramirez is Publication Circulation Officer at the Information and Publications Office at UPV.

Sibod is an ideology and is expressed in binanog dance, music, and folkways of the Panay Bukidnon. In this book, Dr. Christine Muyco provides the magic key to enter a remarkable world where music, dance, and gesture are woven together to create a fabric of human meaning. It is a must-read for the people in Philippine culture and arts according to Elena Rivera Mirano, Professor, University of the Philippines, Diliman. The book was published by the Ateneo de Manila University Press.

Mumunting Tinig, which is authored by Dr. Christine Muyco and different composers, provides children’s choirs in the Philippines and abroad a broad range of experiences in musical and vocal styles. The pieces found in the book promote the Filipino culture as these feature Filipino works as well as themes that reflect the culture, nature, and life of the islands and its people… The pieces in Mumunting Tinig present different approaches toward creative interpretation, expression and musical excellence. Its publication was supported by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

Dr. Muyco is a professor at the College of Music in UP Diliman and is an Ilongga.

Panay Bukidnon Gawad Manlilikha ng Bayan Awardee Federico Caballero was present during the event and chanted excerpts from the Kalampay Epic. Dr. Ricardo E. Babaran, UPV Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development expressed the support of the University for such a noteworthy undertaking in culture and the arts. Cultural enthusiasts, culture bearers as well as representatives from various schools and cultural establishments also attended the event.

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