The Autonomy Mascot of the Cordillera Regional Development Council (RDC-CAR) made its first Mountain Province appearance during the 13th Lang-ay Festival Civic Parade and Bontoc’s 50th founding anniversary last April 7, 2017. It embodies a gangsa, a musical instrument used traditionally in rituals and celebrations all over the region. Previously shown during Baguio City’s Panagbenga Festival and Abra’s Kawayan Festival, the mascot is one among many innovative Information, Education & Communication (IEC) methods used by the RDC to bolster autonomy awareness and support among stakeholders in the grassroots. The other CAR provinces are slated to receive an autonomy mascot before the celebration of Cordillera Month in July 2017.
by Carice Inna See, SPCAR