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Agusan del Sur - School for Living Traditions


The Agusan del Sur-School for Living Traditions is a non-formal learning center where Cultural Masters from different Agusan del Sur municipalities transmit to the young their knowledge of 1) language and performing arts (chant and storytelling, musical instruments-making and playing, and dance); 2) arts and crafts (weaving, embroidery, basketry, beadwork, grass-paper making, pottery, traditional house-building and boat-building); 3) health/ healing, environment, and spirituality; and 4) history, governance, gender, customary law, mediation and peace-making. The August 2017 Opening Ritual, Program, Orientation was preceded by a June 2016 Launching and a series of Consultations and Meetings to develop the SLT's vision-mission, program content, methodology, logistics and schedules. 

Local Coordinating Team
Local Coordinator/Administrator: Dr. Rhodora Toyong
Community Consultant/Program Director: Bae Lucy Rico 
Researchers/Documentors/Staff: Rose Toyong, JP Camino, Mark Jay Jamboy, Robilyn Floro 

Agusan del Sur Cultural Masters/Practitioners (partial list):

NAME
BASE
SPECIALIZATION
Datu Manlinog-linog
Loreto
Language, wine-making, bark garment-making 
Bae Lucy Rico
Esperanza
Language, gender, mediation/peace-making 
Benito Pandi
Bunawan
Musical instruments-making and performance 
Datu Lagnasan
Trento
Musical instruments-making and performance and dance 
Datu Makalipay
Esperanza
Spirituality, territory, governance and structure, customary law 
Datu Ugyam
Bayugan
Chant, spirituality, territory, governance and structure, customary law 
Bae Suyam
Esperanza
Embroidery and beadwork 
Bae Balabag
Prosperidad
Spirituality 
Datu Makahupay
Prosperidad
Spirituality 
Bae Katipunan
Bunawan
Dance 
Datu Hanginan
Sibagat
Martial arts 
Daisy Mantalaba
Bunawan
Grass paper-making
Lilia Ongliben
Bunawan
Tikog-mat weaving
Arthur Sitoza and Nora Antimano
Bunawan
Pottery
Imelda Abamongga
Esperanza
Beadwork and baloy mat-making 
Datu Boyet
Loreto
Spirituality, environment and boat-building 
Datu Duko
Esperanza
Spirituality and house-building 
Papa Impil
Esperanza
Basketry 
Aylo Tawede
La Paz
House-building, chant and dance 
Ebeng Coguit
La Paz
Embroidery and basketry 
Lita and Kilya
La Paz
Weaving 
Robilyn Coguit
La Paz
Embroidery 
Jeanne Gonzales
Bunawan
Hilot and plant medicines 
Datu Mandahuyog
Veruela
Cuisine 


SLT Strategic Planning Seminar1
Strategic Planning Seminar2
Strategic Planning Seminar with Baylan Boyet Reyes and Prof. Dazzle Rivera
Strategic Planning Seminar with Robilyn Coguit
Visit to Datu Duko and Inday Lidanhog
Visit to Bae Angela Placido
Visit Datu Lagnasan Alejandro and Mrs. Campos together with Dr. Rhodora Toyong
Visit to Benito Pandi
Discussions with Bae Becky Barrios and Bae Lucy Rico, Manobo women leaders
Datu Duko, Higaonon Cultural Master (L), and Datu Lagnasan, Manobo Cultural Master (R) during the Agusan del Sur – School of Living Traditions Launching Ceremony in June 2016
Agusan del Sur – School of living Traditions Launching Ceremony in June 2016
Agusan del Sur – School of living Traditions Launching Ceremony in June 2016
Agusan del Sur – School of living Traditions Launching Ceremony in June 2016
Agusan del Sur – School of living Traditions Launching Ceremony in June 2016
Agusan del Sur – School of living Traditions Launching Ceremony in June 2016 with Bae Katipinan
Agusan del Sur – School of living Traditions Launching Ceremony in June 2016 with Barangay Captain Charlito Rensulat
Agusan del Sur – School of living Traditions Launching Ceremony in June 2016 with Department of Education and Alternative Learning Systems Representatives
Agusan del Sur – School of Living Traditions is a partnership between lumad and dagatnon Cultural Masters, the Tao Foundation for Culture and Arts, and the National Commission for Culture and Arts
Curriculum Planning and Consultation with Bae Lucy Rico (L), Datu Ugyam, Datu Makalipay, Datu Manlinoglinog, and Datu Mandauyog (R)
Curriculum Planning and Consultation facilitated by Bae Lucy Rico, Manobo woman leader and peacemaker
The embroidery of Bae Suyam, Manobo Cultural Master
Curriculum Planning and Consultation with lumad and dumagat Cultural Masters
Meeting with Indigebous Peoples Mandatory Representative Crispin Barrios
Meeting with DepEd XIII Regional IPEd Focal Person Ms. Hilizabeth M. Ysulan, Bae Lucy Rico and Dr. Rhodora Toyong
Bae Lucy Rico addresses the different School of Living Traditions representatives at the National Commission for Culture and Arts
Meeting with different School of Living Traditions representatives at the National Commission for Culture and Arts



PAMATI: Listen to Bodies, Songs and Waters


PAMATI (Cebuano-Visayan for “listen” [v.] and “feeling” [n.]) is an intergenerational, intersectional, transnational, intercultural and interfaith gathering of a small group of Philippine Elders—ritualists, healers, storytellers, musicians, dancers, martial artists, peacemakers and community leaders—and an equally small group of Philippine and Philippine descended younger generation scholars, artists, religious, holistic healing practitioners, peace advocates, sustainable agriculture advocates, gender activists, environment and social justice worker who are interested in reclaiming Philippine ancestral ways. PAMATI promotes mutual listening that privileges the voices of Elders, the socially-marginalized and the practitioners of indigenous spiritual traditions who are often not heard in society. PAMATI seeks to contribute to dialogue and the bridging of alienation between older and younger generations, the unschooled and the professionals, the indigenous and settler, rural and urban, homeland and diaspora, World Religions and Indigenous Traditions, and the various classes, genders, ethnicities, races, forms of education, and religious and political persuasions. PAMATI is also a venue for Philippine Elders to directly transmit specific embodied knowledges (that they are allowed to share with others) including the indigenous understandings of these knowledges to younger generation Filipinos and Filipino descendants. Related to this, the ethics, protocols, and appropriate methodologies of transmitting of ancestral knowledges across ethnicities and social locations are taken up in PAMATI.

PAMATI first took place in July 2015 in Balay Agusan, Bunawan, Agusan del Sur, immediately following the center’s rebuilding after its 2012 destruction by super typhoon Pablo. PAMATI 2015 began with the building of a Tinandasan (traditional house) by Manobo master house-builders. It proceeded as prayer, storytelling and chant circles; a visit to the sacred lake Kanimbaylan in the Agusan marsh, and to the public school of Agusan del Sur State College of Agriculture and Technology. PAMATI 2015 was co-convened by the Tao Foundation for Culture and Arts, the Center for Babaylan Studies, GINHAWA, and the Institute of Spirituality in Asia.

Two years after PAMATI 2015, PAMATI 2017 was mounted again, but this time, in Luzon due to terrorist attacks and the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao. PAMATI 2017 in the new venue of Sakahang Lilok in Tanay, Rizal, proceeded as prayer, chant and storytelling circles and the transmission of the embodied knowledges of gongs, chants, dances, martial arts, hilot and plant medicines. The participants also visited a lagoon in Rizal and the sacred mountains of Banahaw in Quezon and Makiling in Laguna. In the latter they engaged with students and teachers of the Philippine High School for the Arts.  PAMATI 2017 was co-convened by the Tao Foundation, the Center for Babaylan Studies, GINHAWA, the Institute of Spirituality in Asia, and Jung Circle Center.


Manobo Pastor Aylo Tawede leads a team of traditional housebuilders
Manobo Pastor Aylo Tawede leads a team of traditional housebuilders
Manobo Pastor Aylo Tawede leads a team of traditional housebuilders
Manobo Pastor Aylo carves the traditional house centerpiece
Manobo Pastor Aylo carves the traditional house centerpiece
Manobo Pastor Aylo carves the traditional house centerpiece
Baylan Undin Potenciano (R) and Juliana Tawede (L) perform the housebuilding ritual
Roofing the traditional house with anahaw leaves
The traditional house centerpiece
Ifugao mumbaki Mamerto Tindongan in prayer
Young Maguindanao patutunong Faisal Monal in prayer
Kalinga andadawak Gannay Ammakiw address the PAMATI Circle
Manobo baylan Undin Potenciano address the PAMATI Circle
Manobo baylan Juliana Tawede, Manobo baylan Undin Potenciano, and Panay-Bukidnon babaylan Epiphania Depalubos
The GINHAWA Co-convenors led by Leah Tolentino and Mini Gavino (3rd and 4th from L), with Fr. Dr. Albert Alejo, S.J., Kadaclan healer Dr. Arlene Natocyad (2nd from the R), and Obo Manobo baylan-called Beatriz Colmo
Fr. Gerry Sabado, O. Carm. with Fr. Dr. Rico Ponce, O. Carm on his left assists with simultaneous and multiple-level translations in the PAMATI Circle
Kalinga elder, son of an andadawak Ernesto Tumapang addresses the PAMATI Circle
Panay-Bukidnon babaylan Epiphania Depalubos addresses the PAMATI Circle
Subanen balian Juanito Baoc (R) and Fernandita Baoc (center) at the PAMATI Circle
Young Maguindanao patutunong Faisal Mondal (L) and Abraham Abdullah (R) at the PAMATI Circle
Young Manobo woman leader Robilyn Coguit addresses the PAMATI Circle with Manobo baylan Undin Potenciano (R) and Manobo baylan Juliana Tawede (L)
Dr. Alice Magos (R) addresses the PAMATI Circle with Panay-Bukidnon babaylan Epiphania Depalubos (L)
T'boli elder Myrna Pula offering a dance at the PAMATI Circle
Students and teachers at the public school visited by the PAMATI Circle
Students and teachers at the public school visited by the PAMATI Circle
T'boli Tau M'ton bu Maban Kulan offers music to the students and teachers of the public school visited by the PAMATI Circle
The PAMATI Circle travels to the Agusan Marsh
Approaching Lake Kanimbaylan
Manobo baylan Boyet Reyes welcoming the PAMATI Circle at the Lake Kanimbaylan
Lake Kanimbaylan at dusk
Fr. Gerry Sabado, O. Carm, and son of a baylan Dodong at Lake Kanaimbaylan
Subanen balian Juanito Baoc and Maguindanao patutunong Abraham Abdullah at Lake Kanimbaylan
Manobo baylan Boyet Reyes (2nd from the L), Manobo Pastor Aylo Tawede (center) and Kalinga elder Ernesto Tumapang (R) and other elders at Lake Kanimbaylan
The PAMATI Circle under the mango tree
PAMATI Closing Ceremonies
Fr. Joseph Audiencia, SVD at the PAMATI Closing Ceremonies
Manobo baylan Undin Potenciano (L) assisted by young woman leader Robilyn Coguit perform the housebuilding closing ritual
T'boli elder Danilo Kasaw addesses the PAMATI Circle
T'boli tau m'ton bu Maban Kulan at the PAMATI Closing Ceremonies
Obo Manobo - baylan called Beatriz Colmo
Ifugao mumbaki Mamerto Tindongan (l), Dr. Lily Mendoza (center) and Dr. Alice Magos (R) at the PAMATI Closing Ceremonies
Tao Foundation head Dr. Grace Nono offering a chant at the PAMATI Closing Ceremonies
Community dance led by Kadaclan healer Dr. Arlene Natocyad at the PAMATI Closing Ceremonies

Kalinga elder and son of an andadawak Ernesto Tumapang (L), Tao Foundation head Dr. Grace Nono (center), and Ifugao mumbaki Mamerto Tindongan (R) after the PAMATI Closing Ceremonies

The Center for Babaylan Studies Co-Convenors led by Dr. Lily Mendoza (R) and Dr. Mila Anguluan (center)



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