Students from Christian Legacy Academy perform the play (left) which was critiqued by a panel of reactors that included NEDA-CAR Asst. Director Jedidia Aquino (right). Photos courtesy of Carlito Dar of PIA-CAR.
BAGUIO CITY – The Cordillera Philippine Information Agency (PIA-CAR), in cooperation with private school Christian Legacy Academy (CLA), launched a short play on Cordillera autonomy at the PIA-CAR Grounds in the last quarter of last year.
The play, entitled “Mga Ginto Sa Kabundukan ng Kordilyera: Ang Paglalakbay Patungo Sa Asam Na Awtonomiya”, tells the story of Armando, a curious Cordilleran youth who, being fascinated with the beauty of his mountainous homeland, yearns to know more about the Cordilleras. An unexpected visit to the home of Neri, his school teacher, becomes an eye-opening experience as he discovers more about the region, its unique culture and history, and its continuing bid for self-determination. He also learns of the plight of the heroes Macli-ing Dulag and Conrado Balweg, and their struggle for regional autonomy which ultimately lead to their tragic deaths.
The play supports the current campaign for regional autonomy. PIA-CAR developed the script while CLA portrayed the 25-minute play.
Representatives from several agencies shared their insights and reactions to improve the play. NEDA-CAR Asst. Director Jedidia Aquino, who served as one of the panel, praised the story’s plot and the message it sought to convey.
She reiterated the three main benefits of pursuing autonomy for the region: (1) enhanced Cordillera identity; (2) responsive policies for the region, and; (3) progress for all.
On the other hand, Marissa Cabato of NEDA-CAR recommended that the script be shared with schools in the region so this could be performed as an Information, Education and Communication (IEC) tool. She called on interested parties to submit project proposals for IEC activities in support of the autonomy advocacy through the Social Preparation of CAR into an Autonomous Region (SPCAR) Program of NEDA.
by Jared Jeric B. dela Cruz, NEDA- SPCAR