Traditions celebrated

Event celebrates the ancestral roots of the Kalinga indigenous peoples of northern Philippines.

The celebration of Amung will honour and remember Kalinga pioneers who contributed to the preservation of the their culture. (Submitted)

Kalinga communities around the world will celebrate during Amung 2017, including in Vernon.

The three-day event will start Friday with an evening reception of the beating of the gongs, sampling binongor and inanchila, and the announcement of Little Miss KaNA.

Pre-registration was required, but an afternoon of Kalinga tradition will be presented on July 30, at Vernon’s Kin Beach at 2 p.m. for the public.

“The Kalingas-North America Network’s (KaNA) mission is to promote, preserve, and perpetuate the traditional arts of the Kalinga Indigenous people,” said Juliet Cheatle, president of KaNA Inc.

KaNA was organized in 2000 by Filipino-Americans and Canadians with ancestral roots from the Kalinga indigenous peoples of northern Philippines.

“This will also be a chance for the Kalingas to showcase their rich cultural heritage and to share it with the community of Vernon,” said Cheatle.

She described the cultural presentation as a spiritual performance of traditional beating of the gongs, dances, songs, and display of their colourful regalias.

“This show will be a glimpse of the Kalinga life and the values learned from the closeness to the land and the value they put in belonging to a community.”