The Mountain Province State Polytechnic College (MPSPC) and the Benguet State University (BSU) are these year’s grand winners of the Cordillera Got Talent competition which was held on July 27, 2017 at the Hotel Supreme in Baguio City.

Now on its second season, the Cordillera Got Talent is one of the activities lined up for the 30th Cordillera Month Celebration. Participating were grantees of the Expanded Students’ Grants-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA) currently enrolled in the region’s six SUCs which include BSU,  MPSPC, Institute of Science and Technology (ASIST), Apayao State College (ASC), Ifugao State University (IFSU), and Kalinga State University (KSU).

Winning the first prize in the individual category was MPSPC’s Jocelyn Domogen.  She performed a piece where she sang, declaimed and performed an indigenous dance. Mr. Danuel Angyatao of BSU and Ms. Kate Jansen Piedad of ASIST, who made skillful renditions of an indigenous and modern song, respectively, were first and second runners-up.

In the group category, BSU clinched the grand prize through its meaningful albeit entertaining play depicting the journey of a young lad towards uniting the Cordillera tribes.  KSU and ASIST who also performed riveting plays were the first and second runners-up.

In his Inspirational Message, Mr. Rafael Tallocoy, representing RDC Chairman and Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan, commended the DSWD-CAR, headed by its Director, Janet P. Armas, for organizing the activity.  He said that activities like this are an effective way of involving the youth in Cordillera Month celebrations and the region’s pursuit of autonomy.  He also encouraged the Cordillera youth to show-off their God-given and locally-honed talents if only to prove how talented the Cordillera youth are while also showcasing the richness and beauty of our indigenous and evolving culture.

This year’s Cordillera Month Celebration, with the theme “CAR@30:  A celebration of unity”, was coordinated by the RDC Committee on Indigenous People’s Concerns (RDC-CAR CIPC) headed by NCIP-CAR Director Roland Calde.  It is hosted by the Provincial Government of Benguet headed by Governor Crescencio Pacalso.

by Joseph Joshua Sibaen, DRD