Dayaw Zamboanga 2014 – for environment and peace PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 08 November 2014 00:00

For the first time in the history of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NNCA), the prime government agency for arts and culture, the annual and the 2014 NCCA Dayaw Celebration will be held at Zamboanga City also. In previous years, Dayaw was celebrated in one venue and in other places.

This year it will be held in three different venues in the three major islands of our country. In Luzon, it was held last October 22 to 23 at Baguio City. In Visayas, it will be at Bacolod City from November 10 to 11. And in Mindanao, it will be in Zamboanga City from November 21 and 22.

Dayaw has many interpretations in different dialects. In Waray, it means kapayapaan (peace). In Ilocano, respect.  Or in Tausug, it means generosity, kindness, or being refined. It imbibes positive outlook of life, according to NCCA Commissioner in Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts Al-Anwar Anzar. In a media forum last November 6 at Lotus of Grand Astoria, Anzar explained that the Dayaw Festival of NCCA is a recognition celebration of the different indigenous groups in our country.

For 2014, the Dayaw Festival will have the theme “Katutubong Filipino Para sa Kalikasan at Kapayapaan” (Indigenous Filipino for the Environment and Peace). The two-day festival will have an enriching and interesting array of activities such as traditional rituals, dances, songs, cuisine demos, games, arts and crafts among others. The event aims to highlight the importance and richness of indigenous cultures.

The Dayaw Zamboanga will bring in 27 different indigenous groups from Mindanao. But beyond the entertainment and performances we can witness, NCCA will conduct public forums to discuss current issues affecting indigenous people. In Zamboanga City, it will draw inputs and insights how indigenous way of life can help Mindanao’s face its challenges like environmental abuses and raging peace issues.  What is the stand of Mindanao’s indigenous people on the Bansangmoro Peace Agreement will be one of the interesting outcomes of this event.

Pep Talk learned and got frustrated that Senator Loren Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Cultural Communities, could not attend any of the 3 Dayaw activities. Senator Legarda seems to be quiet and out of the political limelight since the pork barrel and DAP issues. She used to come in our city regularly. Que pasa?

For details of Dayaw Zamboanga, contact Rene Sanchez Napeñas, head of the NCCA Public Affairs, at 0928-5081057 or visit their website

By Dante Corteza

Ecclesiastes 7:12 “For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money, and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it.”