22 October 2022 | NCIP LAUNCHED PILAK AND GAYAK TO CELEBRATE ITS 25th YEAR ANNIVERSARY
SM North EDSA Skydome, Quezon City
In its silver anniversary, the NCIP conducted the PILAK: Indigenous Cultural Communities/Indigenous Peoples (ICCs/IPs) Photo Exhibits and GAYAK: Runway Show of Contemporary and Traditional Indigenous Peoples Attires at SM North EDSA Skydome, Quezon City on 22 October 2022 from 1:30 to 6:00PM, which aimed to promote the rich culture of the ICCs/IPs and to enhance public awareness and sustain initiatives done for the implementation of the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act (IPRA). This is one of the highlights of the month-long activity in celebrating the 2022 IP Month and the 25th Year IPRA Commemoration with the theme, “25 Years: Fulfilling the Indigenous Peoples Rights and Bridging the Gaps through ICCs/IPs Convergence with Partners and Stakeholders to Ensure Economic Sustainability and Security in Ancestral Domains”. To reach more audience, it was streamed live via NCIP Facebook Page.
NCIP Chairperson Allen A. Capuyan led the simultaneous cutting of the ribbon for the PILAK Photo Exhibits with twenty-six (26) venues in different SM Malls and other locations in thirteen (13) Regions. He was joined by distinguished guests coming from the Nigerian and South African Embassies, National Government Agencies (NGAs), Academe, private sector, and other organizations.
Forty (40) Indigenous Peoples flaunted three kinds of wear during the GAYAK: Runway Show – the casual and daily wear, the contemporary designed clothes using IP fabrics by designer Dave Ocampo, and the showcasing of traditional attires of the respective IP groups of the models. This shows how IPs are adapting in diverse situations maintaining their beauty, identity, and integrity as Filipino IPs. The show ended with a festive cultural dance on stage by the models and guests with the live performance of Ms. Bayang Barrios and her band, Ang Naliyagan.
More than three hundred (300) guests joined the event and were amazed on the IPs’ unique tangible culture revealed during the show to promote the advocacy of “cultural sensitivity” as a big consideration in the world of creative industry.