Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Imbayah Festival to be celebrated annually

Click here for the Schedule of Imbayah 2015.

Banaue, Ifugao has made some changes in the celebration of Imbayah Festival, which will now be celebrated annually. 



According to Banaue Mayor Jerry Dalipug, the bid for the change is to keep the rich culture alive among Banaue constituents and have more chances for tourists to understand their customs and traditions.

Dalipog said this special occasion will rekindle the community spirit and show the younger generations the importance of their Ifugao culture. “It is also a moment for us to be with our special visitors as we strengthen camaraderie with other cities, municipalities, government agencies and other non-government sectors,” said Dalipog.

Imbayah comes from the word “bayah”, meaning rice wine. “Bumayah” or “ Imbayah” connotes nobility or abundance – an occasion were it is said that wine overflows from heirloom jars and the feast set for mortals and gods. Imbayah was celebrated every three years in Banaue since 1979.

The 12th Imbayah as a traditional community festival highlights with Ethnic Parade, Cultural Dances and Music, Local Skills presentations, Agro-industrial Fair, contested Ethnic Games and various cultural events that portray the way of life of the locals.

The wooden scooter race is one of the popular events where spectators line the streets to watch men in G-string speed down the zigzag roads with their wooden scooters.

The scooters first drew attention in 2005 when residents decided to race these makeshift vehicles, which they put together using old wood and twine, much like the prototype used in the 1960s by a local official to ferry wood and crops.



Competitions highlighting the cultural way of life of the locals will be presented through epic poetry called “hudhud” and cultural dances like the “chinuyya”, “hinggatut” and “ubaya”.

Click here for the Schedule of Imbayah 2015.

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Imbayah 2015 Schedule of Activities

Imbayah 2015 Theme – “CELEBRATING IMBAYAH’S BEST: Upholding Banaue’s Ingenuity,  Identity and progress”

APRIL 26 (Sunday)
·       Arrival of Barangay Delegations, Participants, Guests and Visitors.
·       IMBAYAH TREKKING PRODUCTS: “Exploring the Trekking Routes of a
                                                       Heritage Site”                         
- Batad Amphitheatre Trek (Full Day Guided Tour)
- Bannawor Trail Trek (Four Hours Guided Tour)
***Visit the Municipal Tourism Center for more details of the tours.

APRIL 27 (Monday)
            MORNING ACTIVITIES
·       ETHNIC PARADE
Assembly Time & Venue   : 7:00 A.M., ICS Gym
Start of Parade    : 7:30 A.M.
Parade Route      : ICS Gym to Imbayah Stage
·       OPENING PROGRAM
·       PRESENTATION OF THE LONGEST MANUAL RICE MILLING “Munbayu”
Time & Venue     : 11:00 A.M., Trade Center 2 to Paypayan 
·       HICHA (Public Lunch)
             
            AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES
                             Time      : 1:00 P.M.
·       IMBAYAH RITUAL
·       Opening of the following:
- AGRO-INDUSTRIAL FAIR
- LOCAL ORGANIC FOOD DISPLAY
- BEAUTY CARE AND MASSAGE
- JOBS FAIR
·       Opening of Local Skills Presentations:
Time      : 1:30 P.M.
- MUNAVOR (Backstrap Weaving)
- MUNLAGA (Basketry)
- MUNPAOT (Wood Carving)
- MUNTALAID
- MUNPIHHIW
- MUN-UCHIS (Blacksmith)
- MUN-AMMA VU’UNG ( Bronze smith)
·       MUSICAL CONTEST (Solo, Duet and Chorus)
Time and Venue : 3:30 P.M., Imbayah Stage
EVENING ACTIVITY
·       PRE-PAGEANT     : Search for Mr. & Ms. Imbayah 2015
Time & Venue     : 7:00 P.M., ICS Gym

APRIL 28 (Tuesday)
            MORNING ACTIVITIES
·       MUNVATAWER RACE – Men in G-String
Assembly Time & Venue   : 7:00 A.M., Ilob Village Inn, Bocos
Start of Race                      : 7:30 A.M.
Race Route                        : Ilob to Town Center (finish Line) 
·       STREET DANCING COMPETITION
Assembly Time & Venue   : 7:00 A.M., RTC Branch 34, Ilogue
Start of Parade                  : 8:00 A.M.
Parade Route                    : Ilogue to Town Center 
·       OPENING PROGRAM
·       WOODEN SCOOTER and “TALLAKAN” PRESENTATION and DISPLAY   
Assembly Time & venue   : 11:00 A.M., Banaue Viewpoint
Starting Time                     : 11:15 A.M.
Route                                 : Viewpoint to Town Center(Finish Line)  
Display Area                      : Municipal Tourism Center           
           
AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES
Time      : 1:00 P.M. Onwards
·       ETHNIC GAMES COMPETITION
a.] Games for children
              - BINNAWOT
              - AKKAD (stilts)
              - AB-ABBA (human burden)
b.] Games for adults (body, feet and hands wrestling games)
              - BANGNGUNAN
              - KAKKAIT
              - HANGGOR
·       GUYYUCHAN (tug of war)
- Men
- Women
- Visitor v/s Locals – exhibition game
·       Tradition method of settling dispute
- UGGUB
- BULTONG

EVENING ACTIVITY
·       BATTLE OF THE BAND
Time and Venue : 6:00 P.M., Imbayah Stage
·       CORONATION NIGHT : Search for Mr. & Ms. Imbayah 2015
Time and Venue : 7:00 P.M., ICS Gym
APRIL 29 (Wednesday)

            MORNING ACTIVITIES
· MARATHON MEN(in-String) and MARATHON WOMEN
       Assembly Time                  : 6:30 A.M.          
       Place of Assembly             : Batching Lugo( Welcome Arch)
       Race Route                        : Batching, Lugo to Town Center(Finish                                                     Line)  
· COMMUNITY PARADE
       Assembly Time & Venue   : 8:00 A.M., RTC Ilogue to Town Center       
       Start of parade    : 9:00 A.M.
       Route                   : RTC Ilogue to Town Center
· NATIVE DANCES AND MUSICAL PRESENTATIONS
                             1.] NATIVE DANCES
A. UBAYA DANCE
               - Adults
        B. HINGGATUT DANCE
               - Adults
               - Children
        C. CHINUYYA DANCE
               - Adults
               - Children
2.] CREATIVE ETHNIC ENSEMBLE
               - Children
3.] HUDHUD
               - Adults
               - Children
                                          
            AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES
              Time      : 1:00 P.M.
· CATCHING THE GREASY NATIVE PIG
· MANGIHA
· VOLLEYBALL— Men in G-String
· AWARDING OF PRIZES
· CLOSING PROGRAM