FIRST PERSON: Building a symbol of living tradition: the Bukidnon Daraghuyan Tulugan
By Ma. Easterluna Canoy
DALWANGAN, Malaybalay City (08 May 2021) Celebrating 14th anniversary today-(April 26) of the Mt. Kitanglad Cultural and Heritage Center of the Bukidnon-Daraghuyan Tribe of Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park.
It is a place to practice sacred rites and traditions and to conduct rituals of acceptance of outsiders wanting to help the tribes.
Our gratitude to the World Bank Small Grants for IPs for the construction; the Broederlijk Delen (Belgium) for and Oxfam Hong Kong from 2005-2007 for community capacity building and trainings, mobilization, livelihoods and application for certificate of ancestral domain title (CADT).
Construction would not be possible if not for a conceptual design by Archt. Anna Maria Gonzales and then UP Diliman Senior Architect (Arki) students in Paolo Aguila and Jhun Fabre who held two-day community design workshop and a day of immersion to the forest to sense how the nature spirits and surrounding environment would welcome a new manmade structure into the landscape of cultured space.
The CEO of Fastbooks better known as Dr. Mary Jean Netario-Cruz, N.D. also sponsored the architects' roundtrip plane fare tickets from Manila to Cagayan de Oro City and vice versa just for the trip to Bukidnon.
Thank you also to the 189 volunteers (I counted names in the logbook), about 80% from the community members under the leadership of Bae Inatlawan, Datu Dumapal and Datu Doms Aligpulos.
These volunteers include elders (our super lolas prayer warriors, parents for example the fathers and sons who helped in carpentry and in transporting of construction materials from Damitan jump off point and each one carried what's bearable piece while walking uphill rain or shine for 20-30 minutes to the site. Grateful also for the mothers who gathered root crops and vegetables to cook for snacks and lunch; the women were the formidable kitchen team, servers and washers; little grandchildren, the kids who helped their Apo Dumapal in mixing cement and soil; and the tribal youths and children who provide songs and dances when everyone was tired and resting.
The construction was also guided by local expert chief carpenter and a mason.
As to the rest of the world, around 20% of manpower included KIN volunteers, “exposurists”, friends and Kitanglad Guard Volunteer allies from Kaatuan, Lantapan who helped build this magnificent cultural heritage structure. The Mt. Kitanglad Cultural Heritage Center, the tribal hall Tulugan of the Daraghuyan-Bukidnon Indigenous Peoples--is a symbol of living culture in Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park.
(Ma. Easterluna Canoy is Executive Director of Kitanglad Integrated NGOs. FIRST PERSON is a section in the BukidnonNews.Net website dedicated to select statements, speeches, comments and other views on public matters. If you want to contribute to FIRST PERSON, email your piece, contact details and bio profile to email@example.com.)
IN PHOTO: The facade of the Heritage Center, Tribal Hall, Tulugan/Photos courtesy of Kitanglad Integrated NGOs