THE National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), through Ethnographic Commissioner for Central Mindanao Bo-i Jennifer Pia Sibug-Las recently turned over its Project Epanaw’s three coffee table books (CTBs) to Consul General Neil Frank Ferrer in San Francisco, California, USA.
The CTB is divided into three: the first CTB is about “Pagkilala” (Recognize), the second expounds on “Paggalang” (Respect), and the third unveils “Pagtaguyod” (Promote).
This is the second Philippine Consulate in the US to have had officially received the set of CTBs which aim to promote awareness on the Indigenous Cultural Communities/Indigenous Peoples (ICCs/IPs), their cultures and traditions, and their ancestral domains in the Philippines.
The Project Epanaw seeks to pay tribute and memorialize the identities and rituals of the indigenous peoples as well as to highlight the importance of protecting their ancestral domains.
Consul General Ferrer and Consul Vanessa Bago-Llona also shared that San Francisco Bay Area is highly populated with Filipino Americans whose active participation is apparent during events that showcase the respective cultures and traditions of the Filipino people, especially during the Filipino-American History Month in October to commemorate the arrival of the first known Filipinos, then known as Indios Luzones, in the Americas.
The project is a brainchild of NCIP Chairperson, Secretary Allen Capuyan, who is very grateful for the opportunity given to the agency by the Philippine Consulates/Embassy in the US, with assistance from the Department of Foreign Affairs as the lead facilitator for coordination.