Tuesday, October 16, 2018 12:49 AM    Views : 914by:Jenny Leigh A. Daquioag

Arts and science are two different, but complementary modes of understanding the self, nature, and society. Dr. Jose S. Buenconsejo

The National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) will once again demonstrate the fusion of science and arts in Tawi-Tawi, Philippines - where a study was done to document enduring traditional Philippine music and dance in their cultural and historical contexts. This initiative falls under the Inclusive Nation-Building or ATIN Program which is the second priority area under NRCP's National Integrated Basic Research Agenda (NIBRA) in support to the promotion of arts, history, and culture in the Philippines.

In cooperation with the Provincial Government of Tawi Tawi, and the Mindanao State University-Tawi-Tawi College of Technology and Oceanography (MSU-TCTO), NRCP will hold a forum on the Fusion of Science and Arts V.2 @ Tawi-Tawi: The Music at the Margins and the Seven Dances of Life on October 16, 2018 at the MSU-TCTO, Sanga-Sanga, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi.

This forum, a post National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) Celebration, tackles the NRCP funded study entitled "Resilient Music at the Margins: Traditional Music of Mindanao, Sulu, and Palawan" conducted by Dr. Jose S. Buenconsejo, NRCP Division of Humanities member and Dean, UP College of Music. The research-based film project is meant to document the state of traditional Filipino music and dance in the peripheral regions of the country. The three areas chosen for the study were: Lake Sebu in South Cotabato for indigenous groups such as Manobo Dulangan, T'boli, and Tagaka-olo; Pataraza, Palawan; and Bongao, Tabawan, and Tawi-Tawi.

The study confirmed that traditional music remains resilient in these areas because the social meanings and functions of the artistic, cultural expressions are still intact. Dr. Buenconsejo made documentaries that walk through the deepest significance of indigenous music rooted in the culture of the Manobo Dulangan, T'boli, Obo, and the Tagakaolo communities in the Southern Mindanao. "It's beyond beauty of music and dances, it showcases the rituals of Filipinos about their dedication to their family and community which cannot be measured or numbered", he said.

Dr. Buenconsejo was able to preserve resilient music of Mindanao through the following copyrighted documentaries: Nature's Presences, Seven Dances of Life, and Sound Tenderness. These documentaries are available at the UP College of Music.

The Seven Dances of Life was a nominee in the 41st Gawad Urian for Best Documentary.

This forum is in line with the current administration's 10-point agenda in Promoting S&T and Creative Arts to Enhance Innovative Capacity and in celebration of the National Indigenous Peoples Month every October. Dr. Buenconsejo will present Resilient Music at the Margins while Mr. Omarjan Ibrahim Jahuran, co-researcher and Librarian, Office of the Governor Provincial Government of Tawi-Tawi will present the Seven Dances of Life.

NRCP President Ramon A. Razal will officially open the event. MSU-TCTO Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension Kaberl O. Hajilan, DOST-ARMM Regional Secretary Myra B. Mankabung and Tawi-Tawi Governor Rashidin H. Matba, Governor of Tawi-Tawi will also grace the event. Other attendees will include representatives from government agencies and people's groups from Region XI and ARMM.

Version 1 of this forum was held on July 21, 2018 during the celebration of the 2018 NSTW at the World Trade Center, Manila.

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