September 30, 2023

The local government unit of Mayoyao is continuously working to impart its culture to the young generations and restore some abandoned rice terraces.
The Municipal Tourism Office sponsored a three-day training on gong beats and native dances for 22 pupils of the Mayoyao Elementary School through the School of Living Tradition (SLT) as part of cultural continuity.
Culture bearers shared their knowledge and skills to the participants on gong beating and how to perform the native dance or tajaw to preserve living traditions of the indigenous peoples particularly in Mayoyao.
The SLT is an education institution that is dedicated to indigenous arts, crafts and other traditions.
A memorandum of agreement was also signed between the municipal government and the Mapawoy rice field owners and administrators for the restoration of abandoned rice fields of the barangay.
The rice field owners agreed to restore and manage abandoned rice terraces under contract, use the abandoned rice terraces as a demo farm for the propagation and reproduction of the vanishing heirloom rice varieties, and use the restored rice field as a demo farm for growing-out of the endangered loach species.
The partnership is part of the LGU’s program on the restoration of abandoned rice terraces and the over-all maintenance of the heritage sites. – Marcelo Lihgawon