The flash mob happens in two venues in Metro Manila participated in by about 50 indigenous performers as well as youth participants. The flash mob will happen at 10 A.M. at the dancing fountain area of the Rizal Park, Manila, then it will move to the Bay Area of the SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City, at 5 P.M.
Participating in the flash mob are the Keheligal Cultural Dance Troupe, a Tboli performing group from Lake Sebu, South Cotabato; the Mamayog group from Maguindanao; and the Sindaw Philippines Performing Arts Guild from Pasig, which will present Cordilleran and Visayan dances.
Presidential Proclamation 1906, signed in 2009, declares October as Indigenous Peoples Month, “the month of people’s participation in the celebration and preservation of Indigenous Cultural Communities as part of the Life of the Nation.”
The biggest gathering of indigenous peoples of the country, Dayaw 2013 will showcase an enriching and interesting array of activities including performances, film showings, a fashion show of authentic indigenous wear, a food festival and cooking demo. Other activities include an exhibit of vernacular architecture, rituals, forums, traditional games, arts and crafts exhibit and cultural tours, among others.
Dayaw aims to highlight the importance and richness of indigenous cultures, discuss the issues that the indigenous peoples face today and allow interaction with other indigenous groups. It also aims to give importance to traditional knowledge as well as draw inspiration and insight from indigenous ways of life.
Expected to participate are the Gaddang, Isinay, Tinggian, Itneg, Ibanag, Yogad, Itawit, Malaweg, Ivatan, Bugkalot, Isnag, Kalinga, Ifugao, Ibaloi, Kankanaey, Balangao, Bontok, Applai, Ayta, Mangyan, Palawani, Molbog, Jama Mapun, Tagbanua, Pala’wan, Batak, Cuyunon, Agta, Ati, Panay Bukidnon, Waray, Abaknon, Yakan, Subanen, Manobo, Higaonon, Bagobo, Mandaya, Mansaka, B’laan, Sangir, Ata Manobo, T’boli, Teduray, Arumanen, Mamanwa, Maranao, Magindanao, Iranun and Tausug.