IRIGA CITY – To promote the distinct culture, traditions and beliefs of the Agtas of Bicol region, a painting contest will be held on Nov. 26 at the Minnie T. Arroyo Center for Indigenous Peoples, Highway 1, San Nicolas, Iriga City.
The Agta is the major tribal ethnic group in Bicol among other groups commonly referred to as the Indigenous Peoples (IP), whose cultural traits are differentiated from the majority of Filipinos because of their resistance to political, social and cultural colonization.
Bicol region has an estimated IP population of 213,311. Of this number, only a fraction of them are officially registered with government agencies. They receive meager support and limited political intervention, thus, they continue to be the poorest and most marginalized sector in the region.
Participants in the painting contest will paint pictures that reflect any or combinations of the Agtas’ way of life, culture, tradition and practices. They may choose any medium, use their own painting implements, paints and brushes and work on the 18 x 24 inches sketch pads or canvasses.
The “On the Spot Painting Contest” is divided into two categories: the Junior Category which is open to amateur artists age 13 to 19, while the Senior Category is to be participated in by amateur artists age 20 and above.
The first place winners in both categories will receive a cash prize of P5,000 each, P2,500 each for the second placers, and P1,000 each for the third placers.
All participants will receive a certificate of participation and all paintings and creations during the contest shall become the exclusive properties of the NCIP Bicol office.
The painting contest will showcase the Agtas in Bicol during the nationwide celebration of the Indigenous Peoples Week and will be a part of the continued efforts of the NCIP leadership to form linkages and establish network with different agencies, institutions and the academe as partners in addressing some basic needs of the Agtas.
Interested artists and participants should register at the NCIP Regional Office at Highway 1, San Nicolas, Iriga City, from 9:00 a.m. of Nov. 5 till 4:00 p.m. of Nov. 23, 2010 or may contact the said office at telephone number (054) 2992752, cell numbers 09264554004 or 09184602791.