holds Mangyan cultural presentation
September 26, De La Salle University-Manila will be treated
to a cultural presentation by Alangan Mangyans at the William
Shaw Little Theater.
Sponsored by the College of Science- Social Action Program,
student organizations, and in cooperation with the Center
for Social Concern and Action, the one-hour “dula-awit-sayaw”
program will highlight the native dances depicting the culture
of our indigenous brothers and sisters.
Titled, “Banilad, Saan Ka Patungo?” the show will lead the
audience to the struggle of Banilad, an Alangan Mangyan community
at the foot of Mt. Halcon, to be emancipated from the bondage
of illiteracy. A short video clip will also be shown on the
cultural practices of the Alangan Mangyans.
Proceeds from this presentation will go to the San Lorenzo
Ruiz Formation and Learning Center, a newly established school
for the Alangan Mangyans. Founded by Rosalina Melendres in
1992, the school serves 300 students with programs including
education for all, home and nutrition, health care, research,
livelihood, and community organization.
The Alangan ethnic group belong to the Mangyan indigenous
people inhabiting the hinterlands of Mindoro Island. Despite
modern times, the Alangans have maintained a unique culture
and still rely on the forest for their livelihood.
The program will start at 1 p.m. for the matinee show and
5:30 p.m. for the gala show.