Sagay Arts Month kicked off last week with a series of performances by the Ata Indigenous Peoples group along Margaha Beach in Sagay City’s Barangay Old Sagay. The month-long observance is in line with the National Arts Month celebration.
In his address, Sagay City Mayor Alfredo Marañon III encouraged parents to help their children develop skills in the arts. Meanwhile, Negros Occidental second district Rep. Leo Rafael Cueva, applauded the performances by the indigenous group.
“Their culture is alive,” he said. “We need to support them to protect and preserve it for the next generations.”
Hundreds of local residents joined the event and took part in a foot parade; “Pinta Baruto,” or the painting of boats; “ArtKutso-Kutso,” a talk with artist Nunelucio Alvarado; “Lumba Baruto,” or boat race, “Pinta Sikad;” among other activities.
Singer Martin Miraveles also performed during the opening.
The celebration concludes on February 28./WDJ