Baguio: Festival sa Hapao, Ifugao

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Isinagawa kamakailan ang Punnuk isang palaro ng mga katutubong I-Hapo ng Hungduan, Ifugao bilang pagtatapos ng pag aani ng palay sa mga Barangay ng Hapao,Baang at Nunggulunan.

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Ang Punnuk ay isang palaro na pinagsama ang Guyyudan o Tug of war o hilalan sa Pilipino at Bulong or wrestling na isinasagawa sa mga ilog sa nasabing probinsiya.

Bago isagawa ang Palaro ,isang Mumbaki o isang paring katutubo ang nagsagawa ng isang ritual na kung tawagin ay -Howah na kinabibilangan baki o isang panalangin  at ang pag inum ng katutubong alak.

Ang mga sumasali ay nakasuot ng katutubong kasuotan upang maging makulay ang nasabing palaro.

Pinaniniwalaan ng mga taga roon na ang magwawagi ay  makabibigay sa mga magsasaka ng masaganang pag aani ng palay sa mga susunod na panahon  sa probinsiya ng Ifugao.

THE WATERBENDERS OF YUMADAM-OH

Punnuk is the last stage of the Howah, the ritual which marks the end of the harvest period among the Tuwali of Hungduan in Ifugao. Now, it is mostly performed by the I-Hapo, people in the villages of Hapao, Baang and Nunggulunan.

Mumbaki (ritualist) Gano said the old name of Hapao is Yumadam-oh.

Before the punnuk, the “inum” (drinking) and “baki” (prayer/offering) are performed at the home of the dumupag, the community appointed guide in their annual rice agriculture cycle.

Only when the dumupag has started to plant his/her first set of rice bundles can the community follow. Monalisa Bimuyag is the dumupag of the I-Hapo.

Punnuk is an annual Olympics of sort since villagers meet to compete by the Ibulao River in water games — guyyudan (tug-of-war), bultong (wrestling), and who can hold his breath underwater longest.

Now, the competition includes the best-looking kina-ag, human figures woven from vines, and the longest pakid, a long tree with a hook. Both are used in the tug-of-war.

Taunting and teasing between teams are part of the games. Upon reaching the river, each of the village’s elder/mumbaki will shout a ‘goppah,’ a prayer imploring the Unseen for blessings and strength to defeat the other villages.

Being declared punnuk champion is believed to ensure better lasting alang (rice granaries) than the other villages.

At the end of the games, the kina-ag are thrown into the river. This signals the people downstream that the harvest season of the I-Hapo has ended.

This is according to the I-Yumadam-oh.

Here are some of my takes during this year’s punnuk.

Other photos and stories may be found at the community museum in Hapao which will be opened soon.

THIS DAY we express our respect and recognition for our courageous forerunners who selflessly shed sweat and blood to bring freedom in our respected land against its oppressors.

The past 77 years since the mark of our liberation from the Japanese forces have brought us numerous challenges, many of which are unprecedented, which truly tested our resilience and unity. But despite all those, the culture and values that we learned and acquired from our ancestors have kept us through the various hurdles. Not only did our WWII heroes pave the way for our self-determination, but they also gave us these precious gifts in the form of intangible heritage such as our culture of binnadang and many other values that are keeping us resilient and responsive in times of difficulties.

These values, culture, and practices including our ancestral domains are what make up our true identity which our ancestors fought and died for. This liberation day anniversary celebration, therefore, is not only a simple Memorial Day, but definitely a day we sincerely express our respect and gratitude by renewing our commitment to preserve and protect this land and the values and culture that abound in it.

“As we add numbers to the 77 fruitful years, may we put on this identity that our forebears have safeguarded and have passed on through the generations before us as we also pass them on to our future nation-builders. With unity and compassion, we will sustain our land free from divisiveness and hindrances against progress; thus, keeping a land “where peace and love reign forever.”

“As we aim at strengthening our precious identity, I hope we will always be inspired with the heroic stories of our WWII soldiers. A snappy salute to our heroes!” Melchor Daguines Diclas said.

Isang paggunita sa pagpapalaya ng probinsiya ng Benguet mula sa mananakop sa Hapon noong ikalawang pandaigdig na digmaan ang isagawa sa La Trinidad kamakailan lamang.

Pinapurihan ng Benguet governor Melchor Daguines Diclas ang kabayanihang ipinamalas ng mga sundalong Pinoy at mga guerilla noong nasabing digmaan.

Idinagdag ni Diclas na sana ay manitili ang kapayapaan at pag-ibig magpakailan man sa buong bansa sa panahon ng Kalayaan.

Isang pagpupugay din ang iniaalay ni Diclas sa mga namayapa at nananatiling buhay na mga betaranong ng nakaraang digmaan.

Samantala, ang mga mamamayan kabilang ang mga naulila ng mga betarano na dumalo sa nasabing pagtitipon ay nagpalasamat sa kabayanihang kanilang ipinakita upang matamo ang kalayaang tinatamasa ng sambayanang Pilipino ngayon.

BLOOD GALLONERS CLUB

Mayor Benjamin Magalong and Councilor Peter Fianza were formally conferred by the Philippine Red Cross Baguio City Chapter as members of the “Blood Galloners Club” for donating more than One Gallon of blood to the Red Cross Blood Services. The certificate is formally given by chairman Erdolfo Balajadia of the Phil. Red Cross Baguio City Chapter during the last Monday flag raising ceremony.

Ginarawaran sila Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong at City Councilor Peter Fianza bilang kasapi ng Blood Galloners Club ng Philippine National Red Cross Baguio City Chapter dahil sa donasyon nila ng mahigit isang Gallong dugo sa Red Cross Blood Services ng nasabing local PNRC chapter.

Ang paggawad ay ibinigay ni Philippine National Red Cross Baguio City Chapter Chairman Erdolfo Balajadia sa isang Flag raising ceremony sa City Hall ground noong Lunes ng Umaga.

Ayon kay Balajadia, ninanais nilang mapataas ang Blood Donation Drive upang makalikom ng sapat or sobra pang dugo para sa kanilang mga cliente sa dito Baguio.

Idinagdag ni Balajadia na ang paglikom ng dugo ay nakakatulong upang makapagdugtong ng buhay sa mga nangangailangan nito. (Joel Cervantes, photo courtesy of PIO Baguio)

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