The mission to promote Filipino indigenous culture and heritage goes on for the award-winning documentary series Dayaw with the launch of its 11th season on ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel.
A production of ANC and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Dayaw has been documenting the lifeways, traditions, practices and culture of the different indigenous peoples since 2015.
Still leading the way for Dayaw is its host, three-term senator, and now House deputy speaker and Antique congresswoman, Loren Legarda, who conceptualized the program.
“It has always been Dayaw’s mission to document as many aspects of Filipino culture and knowledge systems as possible. We can only save these from extinction by continuing to instill their importance in the younger generation, and let them practice and learn these treasures.
With the theme “Kakaibang Sigla,” Dayaw Season 11 allows us to look at the different ways in which our energy, competitiveness and sportsmanship are mainstreamed in the traditional societies and knowledge systems,” Legarda said.
Already featured are traditional Filipino children’s games such as patintero, sipa and luksong tinik in the first episode, followed by a two-part special on the punnuk, a show of physical strength that ends the Ifugao’s harvest season. Dayaw then focused on Filipino martial arts such as arnis, silat and eskrima in its next two episodes.
The season wraps up tomorrow, 3 September with “Sayawang Pinoy,” an episode highlighting how grace and fluidity of movements of Filipinos express our energy, discipline and joy as a people.
Despite the pandemic, Dayaw has been able to launch new seasons, with the 12th season already in the works. “Kaka-ibang Sigla: Our Vital Energy Part 2,” will explore love, courtship, marriage and the cycles of life featuring the Gaddang, T’boli and Sama Dilaut.
Dayaw Season 11 airs every Thursday at 6 p.m. on ANC on cable and the ANC Facebook page. For news, follow @ANCalerts on Facebook and Twitter or visit news.abs-cbn.com/anc online or via the ABS-CBN News App. Watch ANC online via iWantTFC.