Lake Sebu honors the ‘National Living Treasures’


Lake Sebu honors the ‘National Living Treasures’

Lake Sebu, South Cotabato – To give honor to the country’s Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan (GAMABA) or National Living Treasures, the Local Government of Lake Sebu opened the ‘Manlilikha ng Bayan’ exhibit at the municipality's Tau Sbu Park on Thursday, May 30, 2024.

This exhibit was a key feature of the 28th Helobung Festival, showcasing the works of the 25 National Living Treasures of the Philippines. The exhibit placed special emphasis on the four GAMABA awardees from the Lake Sebu: the late Lang Dulay for Tboli weaving (represented by her daughter-in-law Boi Sebulan Dulay), Boi Rosie Sula for Tboli chanting, Datu Bundos Fara for Tboli Brass Casting, and Boi Barbara Ofong for Tboli Weaving.

"This exhibition serves as a platform to honor the exceptional skills and contributions of these esteemed artists who have been recognized by the Philippine government as bearers of intangible and tangible cultural heritage,” NCCA Commissioner Reden Ulo said.

"By highlighting the works of the four Tboli National Living Treasures, the exhibition aims to raise awareness about the unique artistic traditions, techniques, and cultural significance inherent to Tboli craftsmanship," Commissioner Ulo continued.

Lake Sebu honors the ‘National Living Treasures’

Ulo expressed his belief that featuring the GAMABA awardees and their works would inspire young members of the Tboli community to learn and perpetuate these time-honored traditions, ensuring their survival and vibrancy for future generations.

The opening ceremony of the Manlilikha ng Bayan exhibit was led by Mayor Remie Unggol with other municipal officials. It was also graced by the presence of NCCA Commissioners Arvin Manuel Villalon, Ivan Henares, Carlo Ebeo, and Reden Ulo, as well as the Director-General of the National Museum of the Philippines, Jeremy Barns.

This year, the town has decided to separate the celebration of its founding anniversary from the cultural festival. The Helobung Festival was held from May 29 to 31, 2024. (photos contributed by PIA South Cotabato MIO Lake Sebu)


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