to this year's Kulintang Arts Lab will spend nine great days in July this
year learning about the history, music, dances and craft of the Maranao,
Maguindanao, Tausug and other peoples of the Autonomous Region in Muslim
KulArts, Inc. and the Mindanao State University Cultural Affairs Office
through the Sining Kambayoka Ensemble are hosting a Cultural Exchange and
Exposure Journey dubbed as "Kulintang Arts Lab" from July 1 to 9 in Marawi
City, Lumba Bayabao and other venues in Lanao del Sur.
"Kulintang Arts Lab" is a newly-opened program that explores traditional
artistic expressions centered on Kulintang music and related fields of
peoples in the ARMM.
The multi-disciplinary research and development programme in theatre,
traditional dance and music of Maranao, Maguindanaoan, Tausug, Samala and
other Moro communities, will include components on visual arts, films and
rituals curated by Moro contemporary artists.
The program will have classes, workshop explorations and interactive
"This laboratory, the first with such extensive scope and continuity looks
at the different creative strategies of individual artists, both traditional
and contemporary, through the recognition of differences and similarities
between the many Moro communities in Mindanao," the program's press
It added: "the focal point is on cultural negotiation and exploring process
in cultural work - the heart of managing diversities in Mindanao, aided by
this clash of time/space through the dynamic interaction between the
traditional performers, Moro and Non-Moro contemporary artists and the Fil-American
community from San Francisco, California in view of the development of
artist in a more dynamic muscularity, understanding one's roots and
advancing the Filipino expressions towards a common ground."
Day 1 of the arts lab will have Sining Pananadem, an all-Maranao traditional
performing group welcoming the participants.
Day 2 will feature lectures on Maranao Culture and Maranao Dance and Music
by Prof. Minang Shariff. Shariff will discuss Maranao historical perspective
and Sultanate genealogy, traditional practices in the morning and will
conduct a workshop on Maranao dance in the afternoon with the members of the
Sining Pananadem or Kambayoka.
Shariff will also conduct a basic conversational Maranao lecture in the
Day 3 will feature lectures on Maguindanaon historical background and
genealogy of the sultanats, Maguindanaon cultural tradition, beliefs and
practices and Maguindanao legends and folklores by Faisal Monal.
In the afternoon, the Maguindanaon Musical Ensemble will conduct and
interactive demonstration with Amal Lomontod on the kulintang, Datuan
Kalanduyan on agong an d gandingan, Datuan on kudyapi, Noraisa on dabakan,
Datuan Kalanduyan on tumpong (flute), Akmad Siao on babendil.
An interactive demonstration on Maguindanaon dances will also be conducted
by Noraisa Kalanduyan and Akmad Siao.
Day 4 will bring participants to Sulu and Tawi-tawi, at least through these
provinces dances and music.
An inter-active demonstration will be held on the dance and music of the
Sulu archipelago and Tawi-tawi, as well as lectures on Samal, Tausug, Badjaw
and the Jama Mapuns by Taalao Manandaw, director of the MSU Cultural Affairs
in Bongao, Tawi-tawi and Saki Nur Ayin Delasas, director of the Tambuli
Cultural Troupe also from MSU in Tawi-tawi.
A film showing will be held in the evening featuring "House Under the
Crescent Moon" by Teng Mangansakan. The film was adjudged the Best Video
Documentary and won the 2001 Gawad CCP for Independent Film and Video
Mangansakan will also be the main speaker in the forum on "The Bangsamoro
struggle for self-determination" while Geejay Arriola of Earth Music
Foundation, who conceptualized and directed "Salima," a multi-media concert
theatre presentation on the evacuees of Mindanao from the point of view of a
child, will lecture on Peace and Development.
Day 5 will have the participants visiting Togaya for the brass casters,
Maranao sculptures, (treasure) chest makers, lunch in the Marawi market,
travel to Tuka to visit weavers and visit the Maranao market in Marawi City.
In the evening, a film showing will again be held, this time, featuring
Mangansakan's "A boat in deep waters" on the history of the Bangsamoro women
in the last 100 years through the lens of the memory of Bai Tinomimbang
Pendatun-Matalam, wife of Datu Udtog Matalam, founder of the Muslim
"Daud," a video-essay installation portraying a child mujahideen's thoughts
on peace a nd war will also be presented by Mangansakan.
Day 6 will feature lectures by Teng Mangansakan on "The life of Tao sa Laya"
or People of the Upper Valley and Philipp P. Matalam's "The living legacy of
the Sultanate of Buayan."
An interactive demonstration and continuation of Sama-Tausug workshop will
also be held.
In the afternoon, Matalam will conduct a lecture demonstration on the usage
of the Maguindanaon malong, designs and patterns of Maguindanaon Inaul (malong)
and Maguindanaon hairstyling and accessories.
A workshop on the Kambayoka theatre form will also be held in the evening.
Day 7 will have participants traveling to Lumba Bayabao, home of traditional
Maranao artists. An interactive demonstration with Maranao traditional
artists will be held prior to a Pagana Maranao at noon. A workshop on music
and dance follows.
Day 8 will feature dance and music intensives through small group workshops.
In the afternoon, Sister Delia Coronel will lecture on the Darangan epic
followed by Alleluia Panis' overview of post modern Filipino American
Day 9 will have participants visiting Aga Khan Museum at the Mindanao State
University campus. In the afternoon, they will observe how to prepare a
Pagana Maranao, facilitated by Cecil Mambuay.
A Pagana Maranao will start at 6 p.m followed by the closing ceremonies,
which will feature a performance showcase of "Two Rivers: Mindeping a
Pulangui" written by Mangansakan, curated by Carlo Ebeo and Geejay Arriola
with set design by Cris Rollo.
Registration Fees are P15,000 for Manila-based Filipinos and P8,000 for
Mindanao-based Filipinos. The fees are inclusive of food, accommodation,
translations, and inland travel in Lanao del Sur only.
Kularts, is a Bay Area community-based arts organization whose mission is to
inform and expand the understanding of American Pilipino culture through
works that address contemporary issues in our community and Mindanao.
Sining Kambayoka Ensemble
(http://www.kambayoka.com/theater_arts.htm) is the resident theater company
of the Mindanao State University (MSU) in Marawi City. Primarily a folk
theater ensemble that draws its materials from the rich indigenous cultures
of Mindanao, particularly the Maranaos of Lanao, it adapts folklore,
customs, and folkways which include both oral and written literary
traditions, visual arts and music for theatrical presentations.