NCIP-10 launches 'Project Epanaw' in NorMin

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, March 23 (PIA)--The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP)-10 held its simultaneous nationwide launching of "Project Epanaw" at SM City Uptown here to celebrate, promote, and showcase Northern Mindanao's Indigenous Peoples (IP) culture through photo exhibit and book launching.

“If there was a bridge which could take us from the present to the past, it is our indigenous peoples, for they have lived and survived through time by way of their culture and race. The ‘Epanaw’ or ‘Journey’ of our indigenous people tells us of our lively, unique and rich culture,” NCIP-10 Regional Director Ana Burgos said during the project launching last March 21.

Photo Exhibition. In addition to the book launching, a photo exhibit which will last until April 4 at SM City Uptown showcases the beauty and richness of Northern Mindanao's IP communities. (VPSB/PIA10)

The project aims to bolster public understanding of Indigenous Cultural Communities (ICCs) and IP’s vital role in Philippine culture as featured in the three-book series - "PAGKILALA", "PAGGALANG and "PAGTAGUYOD" - putting emphasis on the importance of preserving ancestral domains, rituals, and festivals that are critical infrastructures to the identity of Filipinos.

In collaboration with the Department of Tourism (DOT)-10 and the Tourism Promotions Board Philippines, the coffee table books also serves as an ‘objet d'art’ on the country’s goal in building ecological sustainable tourism and having indigenous cultural communities as key stewards in the campaign.

According to Misamis Oriental Board Member and Chairman on Committee of Environment and Natural Resources, Gerardo "Boboy" Sabal III, they are fully acknowledging the sacrifices of the province’s indigenous communities and are one with the government’s initiatives in correcting and preventing future injustices from happening again.

By showcasing the country’s pre-colonization culture and correcting injustices brought by the colonization of the country, the NCIP hopes to bridge the gap between varying cultures and beliefs to attain a unified country that celebrates its roots and preserves its rich culture.

The exhibit will run from March 21 to April 4 at SM City Uptown, Cagayan De Oro. (VPSB/PIA10)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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