NCIP Region 1 to hold photo exhibit, book launching on March 21

DAGUPAN CITY, Mar. 21 (PIA) – The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) in Region 1 is set to hold a photo exhibit and book launching of a project dubbed as "Epanaw" today, March 21 at the SM City Urdaneta Central here.

Dr. Enrique Delos Santos, provincial head of NCIP Pangasinan, said the project called "Epanaw," which means “journey” in the local Mindanaoan dialect, features the 101 Indigenous Cultural Communities or Indigenous Peoples in the country.

“The project, which is embodied in three coffee table books containing Indigenous Peoples (IP) Cultural Community Profiles, Rituals and Festivals and Tourism Destinations in the ancestral domains, will be opened for display at the SM City Urdaneta from March 21 to April 4, 2021,” Delos Santos said.

Regional Director Manuel Jaramilla said the launching is a nationwide activity of NCIP that will be conducted simultaneously at various SM malls on March 21.

Jaramilla disclosed that the three coffee table books are divided into three categories such as "Pagpapakilala," "Paggalang" and "Pagtaguyod."

“Layunin ng mga libro na mas lalong maipaintindi, maipaalam at mas mabigyang-halaga  ang mga IPs at kanilang ancestral domains (Pagpapakilala), bigyang respeto ang IPs' justice system, cultural integrity at kanilang way of life (Paggalang), at maipromote ang mga tourism destinations sa mga ancestral domains (Pagtaguyod),” Jaramilla said during the "Pantongtongan Tayo" radio program of PIA Pangasinan.

He said the proceeds that will be obtained from the books will be used to develop IPs' ancestral domain as well as provide livelihood and scholarship programs for IPs.

He said each book, which costs Php1,300.00 each, weighs about more or less four kilos and is very thick in size and contains very descriptive pictures. (JCR/AMB/EMSA/PIA Pangasinan)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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