February 28, 2024

The vibrant sound and rhythm of gongs – a cultural article that hold significance in the history and traditions of the Cordillera region – will echo in Baguio City in celebration of Indigenous Peoples Month.

Along with the IP Month celebration, Mayor Benjamin Magalong issued Executive Order 135, s. 2023 declaring October as the Baguio Gong Festival month.

This year will be the 11th year of the Gong Festival, which aims to bring together people from diverse backgrounds to appreciate and participate in the festivities, fostering a sense of unity and cultural pride.

The Gong Festival will commence today, Oct. 8, with a parade at 8 a.m. from Session Road to Harrison and will culminate at the Melvin Jones field followed by an opening program and ceremony.

Activities for the month include a mural making at E. Jacinto Street, busking and other entertainment activities called Salimsim live performances will also take place at E. Jacinto Street on Oct. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 29 and 29 or every Saturday and Sunday of October from 2 p.m. onwards.

An online art exhibit will be running through the month to provide an extended period for virtual visitors to explore and appreciate a diverse collection of artworks in Baguio being a melting pot of culture.

Indigenous games will be conducted on Oct. 15 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Carantes Street offering an opportunity for participants to engage in and celebrate the cultural heritage of traditional sports and activities.

Culminating activity will be on Oct. 29 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. along E. Jacinto Street to be concluded with live performances by Mingor Chi Kultura and Joey Ayala at ang Bagong Lumad. – Jessa Mardy P. Samidan