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Collage Artwork (Anoy Catague)

Last week's celebration of Kadayawan 2008 is truly unforgettable and nostalgic. the festivity brought so many vivid memories of my childhood days. My short immersion and interaction with the different lumad tribes was remarkable. the scar of animosity was there and the excitement even runned down from the depth of my veins as I mingle with them and knowing that from these veins thrive a portion of a Mandayan blood within me. Every single breath coming from my lungs and every sweat coming from my skin was nothing because of the thrill and eagerness to be in the events relevant to the celebration.

One unforgettable experience I have is when I got the sheer chance to visit Museo Dabawenyo situated along Magallanes Street. Upon entering the said haven, I was in awe and excitement, the feeling I had that time was like Harry Potter in his first yeat at Hogwarts whose innocence and naivity brought him to an unlikely adventure inside the magical school. While inside the museum I happened to enter a room filled with paintings from a man who devote himself in creating invaluable indigenous work of art. The man was Anoy Amar Catague. Weaving together this body of artwork is his depiction of lumad people in Mindanao and are the original inhabitants of the place. The Obras above are immortalized through the lumad's instruments of expression- Agong, Dabakan, Heglong,S'ludoy, Kulintang and Kubing among others. Muck Like the lumads, Anoy creates his work in complete harmony with the temporal and earthlyactivities of daily life.


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