The Sangguniang Bayan(SB) members here recently passed a resolution for the inclusion of Ifugao culture in the curriculum of public and private schools to ensure the preservation of the rich customs and traditions of the municipality.
Dubbed as ‘Ifugao Native dance, ethnic ensemble, hymn promotion and preservation Ordinance’, it mandates to impose upon all elementary and secondary, whether private or private schools, the singing of Lagawe hymn after the national anthem.
The SB chaired by vice mayor Martin Habawel Jr. also stated that teaching of Ifugao native dance and ethnic ensemble shall be incorporated in the Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health (MAPE) subjects in all schools within the municipality.
“ It is the policy of the municipal government to inculcate and preserve the values of the cultures of the forefathers to the young generations of Lagaweans through its inclusion in the curriculum of public and private schools in the municipality,” they added.
The local legislators further reiterated that Ifugao dances to be integrated in the school curriculum will include the ‘bitangnguk’, ‘dinuyya’, ‘futage’ and ethnic ensemble.
Bintangnguk is a wedding dance of wealthy people of Burnay, Lagawe. The costume that goes with it is the “gamit” (tolge) for the women with the inipul or attake (beads) while dinuyya is dance for common people of Lagawe.
“Futage’ is gong beating that provides music and accompaniment of the Ayangan dance of Lagawe while ethnic ensemble is a modern concept popularized by performing arts in the 1980s when alternative music was appreciated. Ethnic musical instrument are used to accompany the performance of the ritual.
Today, ethnic ensemble refers to the production of musicual sounds of different ethnic instruments in unison. The ensemble could be used to accompany ethnic songs/music performance with or without human vocal music.