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LOOK | The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples celebrates the 2023 IP Month and 26th Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act (IPRA) commemoration at the Presidential Management Staff (PMS) in the City of Manila on October 2, 2023.
“The month-long observance is an avenue to promote reconciliation and understanding between our IP brothers and sisters and non-IPs that they may be able to overcome the barriers of discrimination and be able to actively participate in nation building with their perspectives taken into account,” NCIP Chairperson Jennifer Pia Sibug-Las underscored in her message.
Among the activities during the celebration’s opening program were, the Ipitik, a solemn act of offering the first drops of a newly opened indigenous wine to Kabunian, the highest-ranking deity of the Mountain Province; Pamaas, a thanksgiving ritual as sign of gratitude among indigenous peoples to the heavenly creator and the spirits of our ancestors; and a community dance, with the playing of gongs, symbolizing unity among indigenous peoples across the country.
The celebration aligns with the administration’s brand of governance and leadership – Bagong Pilipinas, calling for a deep and fundamental transformations in all sectors of society and government, reinforced by unified institutions of society, whose common objective is to realize the goals and aspirations of every Filipino.
The event also was an opportunity to provide the PMS copies of NCIP’s of Project Epanaw’s Three Coffee Table Books namely, “Pagkilala”, “Paggalang”, and “Pagtaguyod”.
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