International and local traditional sports experts will lead the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) -supported 2021 Indigenous Sports and Games Webinar Series: Preserving and Promoting the Rich Cultural Heritage of Our Ancestors starting Thursday.
The four-part webinar series is in conjunction with the celebration of Indigenous Peoples Month which will bring together renowned speakers in the field.
Hungduan (Ifugao) Tourism Officer Haydee Hermosora will open the series with a lecture forum on “Punnuk”, a post-harvest thanksgiving ritual practiced and performed by the people of Hungduan and later classified as the one of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity by the United States. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2015.
Professor Jo-Ann Gimenez Grecia from the Department of Vocational Education at the University of East Manila will speak about “Teaching Filipino Games: A Non-Indigenous Physical Educator’s Perspective” on October 21.
Director Ferdausi Cerna of the Office of Education, Culture and Health of the National Commission of Indigenous Peoples will explain “cultural sensitivity” on October 28.
To crown the series, Professor Pere Lavega, President of the European Association of Traditional Sports and Games, will present on 5 November “Traditional and indigenous games as intangible cultural heritage”.
PSC Commissioner Charles Raymond Maxey, responsible for overseeing the Indigenous Peoples Games program, said he expects meaningful feedback from keynote speakers.
“We believe that these honored keynote speakers will further encourage not only indigenous peoples, but all Filipinos to promote and showcase our traditional games,” said Maxey.
Some 1,000 participants are expected to attend the four sessions, which will begin online at 1 pm. The webinar is organized in collaboration with NCIP and Pocari Sweat.