This lecture-workshop will feature the Panay Bukidnon’s music and dance in the context of their ideology called “sibod”. This is a body of concepts that translates to sunu (structure/basis), hampang (play), santu (synchronization),  salu (catch), and tayuyon (flow; mastery). These concepts underpin their binanog (hawk-eagle music dance tradition), which is expressed during courtship rituals, farming, fishing harvest, and other lifecycle events. Audio-video footages will be shown to support the examples.

Participation is encouraged in this session. There will be demonstrations and public try-outs of the rhythmic phrases that are connected to playing the gong, drum, and other percussion(s). These phrases are gendered (male or female) and serve as guide or mnemonic to their music-making and dancing.

Discussions will be opened later after the lecture-workshop. Topics may deal with the understanding of Indigenous Peoples (IP) cultural issues, the community’s effort to transmit not only the binanog but also their chanting, embroidery, and other traditional expressions to the next generation, The School of Living Tradition, and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP)’s intervention through their certification of ancestral land domains.  

This event takes place on unceded, unsurendered Coast Salish Territory. Home of the Musquem, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. It is the event organisers best wishes that you would aid us in making a donation to the Schools of Living Tradition (SLT) in Calinog and Tapaz. A portion of all proceeds raised from this event will be going to both institutions. 

About Maria Christine Muyco:

Music composer, Philippine Studies scholar, and ethnomusicologist (Ph.D. Philippine Studies, University of the Philippines; Alternate Studies in Ethnomusicology and Dance Theory at the University of California. Los Angeles (UCLA); M.Mus. Music Composition, University of British Columbia; B.M. Composition, University of the Philippines). She received the 2016 Fulbright scholarship, 2016 Japan Foundation Asia Center research grant, and her latest publications include SIBOD: Ideology and Expressivity in Binanog Dance, Music, and Folkwaysof the Panay Bukidnon. Q.C., Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University Press (listed as National Book Award finalist, 2017). She was the former chairperson of the Department of Composition and Theory, University of the Philippines, Diliman- College of Music and currently Associate Professor of the same department. Also, she served as the President of the Asian Composers League, Philippines Chapter from 2010-2015 and was the Festival Director of its 2015 international festival. Aside from scholarly work, she is active in assisting the Panay Bukidnon community on their Schools of Living Traditions and cultural activities.