BAGUO CITY, Aug. 4 (PIA) -- The second season of the Cordillera Got Talent showcased the different abilities of the Cordillera students in presenting unity towards achieving autonomy and development in the region last July 29 as part of the 30th Cordillera Month celebration.
Jocelyn Domogen, a third year education student of the Mountain Province State Polytechnic College (MPSPC) , won first prize in the individual category with her declamation piece calling on her fellow Cordillera students to understand and support the Cordillera regional autonomy which is their future.
The 19-year old native of Bontoc, Mountain Province also rendered a native song and danced the ‘sagne’ or the traditional dance of women in the province.
Danuel Angyatao of Benguet State University (BSU) and Kate Jansen Piedad of the Abra State Institute of Science and Technology (ASIST) made skilful renditions of indigenous and modern songs landing them in second and third places, respectively.
In the group category, BSU students clinched the grand prize through their meaningful but entertaining play depicting the journey of a young Benguet lad towards uniting the Cordillera tribes.
They portrayed the story of a traveler set by Kabunian to the different provinces of the Cordillera to learn, share and unite the different tribes with varied cultures and traditions.Along the way, he faces hindrances and difficulties but with the blessing and guidance of Kabunian he achieves his task of uniting the different tribes, cultures and traditions and achieves his goal of one Cordillera for regional autonomy. It presents that with ‘Binnadang’ (solidarity), success is attained.
During the presentation, dances of the different provinces were performed such as the Pagaddot dance of Ifugao, Sakuting of Mountain Province, Torayan of Kalinga, Tayaw of Benguet, the tadok of Apayao and the unity and ragragsakan dances.
The Kalinga State University (KSU), last year’s champion, won second place. ASIST performers got third place.
Department of Social Welfare and Development-CAR Regional Director Janet Armas said that the Cordillera Got Talent competition was participated by grantees of the Expanded Students’ Grants-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA) currently enrolled in the region’s state universities namely BSU, MPSPC, ASIST, KSU, Apayao State College (ASC) and the Ifugao State University (IFSU).
This is one way of encouraging students to showcase their talents and at the same time impart in them the theme of this year’s Cordillera Month celebration, CAR@30: A Celebration of Unity, she said
In his inspirational message, Rafael Tallocoy, representing Regional Development Council Chairman and Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan, commended the DSWD-CAR for organizing the activity. He said this is an effective way of involving the youth in Cordillera Month celebrations and the region’s pursuit of autonomy.
Tallocoy, a cultural performer himself in his younger days, encouraged the Cordillera youth to show off their God-given and locally-honed talents. The performances of the youth also showcase the richness and beauty of the indigenous and evolving culture of the Cordillerans, he added. (JDP/ RMC & R. Garcia & D. Valencia-PIA CAR/ UC Interns)