Pag-inambitay sa Bulan sa Gugma!

iEmergence, Swito Designs and Balik Bukid Farm and Kitchen, in partnership with the Ata Community in Paquibato District, Davao City, are organizing a fund-raising event on February 28, 2017, 5:30 PM-9:00 PM at Balik Bukid Farm and Kitchen (Sandawa Plaza, Quimpo Boulevard, Davao City). The event, dubbed as Pag-inambitay sa Bulan sa Gugma, will be an evening of music, food and stories with the Indigenous People of Mindanao.

Pag-inambitay, the Cebuano word for “sharing” was conceived out of the desire of iEmergence and its partners to create a space where people can freely share their stories, while contributing to a great cause. The proceeds of this fundraising event will be donated to the Ata community’s Panuluanan (Ata for “place of learning”) in Paquibato District, Davao City.

Today, the Ata community, like many Indigenous communities in the world, is facing a great challenge to keep their way of life amidst environmental, economic and social changes, especially among the younger generations. Panuluanan, from the word “panulu” which means “to learn” in Ata, is a place where elders can intentionally pass on their Indigenous knowledge, values and practices to the younger generations. It began when the elders of Sitio Sorayan in Paquibato, made a collective decision to build a tribal village where the Ata tribe can reclaim and preserve their culture, as well as strengthen their community relationship. Through Panuluanan, the community hopes to achieve this dream of cultural regeneration.

Last October 2016, the community was able to construct the initial structure for Panuluanan and has already designed the whole tribal village. This year, the community, together with iEmergence and Swito Designs, non-governmental organizations working alongside Indigenous communities in Mindanao, hopes to build five other structures, two other learning areas for natural farming and traditional water rafting, and an open space for cultural presentations.

We are inviting every one to join us in creating this space of learning by taking part in Pag-inambitay sa Bulan sa Gugma! In this month of giving and receiving love, let’s build a future together! This February 28, enjoy sumptuous meals prepared by Balik Bukid Farm and Kitchen, watch local artists perform and hear stories from the Ata tribe. For more information, contact Faith at 09173017312 or check out iEmergence in Facebook. Tickets are sold at Php600 per head.