Well, isn’t this a bit of awesome timing? For those of you who want to experience hearing Filipino Epics performed live and old school, “Chanted Journeys: Discovering the Oral Traditions of the Cordillera” at the CCP will have renditions of the Ifugao epic “Hudhud hi Aliguyon” and a Kalinga Ullalim (not sure which one). The show, a part of Filipino Heritage Month 2010, takes place at 8p.m. on May 21 and 8p.m.on May 22, at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo, CCP. It will feature performances by The Community Chanters of Tungngod, Lagawe, Ifugao; and Manlilikha ng Bayan Alonzo Saclag with the Kalinga Budong Dance Troupe.
(Wow, they translate “Manlilikha ng Bayan” as “National Living Treasure”. That sounds head and shoulders above National Artist to me @_@)
I’ll be buying tickets this weekend, and I’m already excited. To whet your appetite, let me repost the descriptions of the Hudhud and Ullalim from our Myth List:
- Hudhud hi Aliguyon (Ifugao)
- The life of Aliguyon, dealing with his eight year war against Pumbakhayon, which results in the two adversaries gaining respect for each other, until at last peace is made between the two peoples.
- The Kalinga Ullalim
- The ullalims in the book (ullalim is a general term for ballads that “eulogize bravery”) deal with the Banna-Dulliyaw Cycle of Southern Kalinga. The first deals with how Banna is born (through the intercession of a piece of betel nut-his mother eats a slice which his father owned and magically conceives) and rescues his father. The second ullalim is the tale of the ordeals Banna has to undergo (several headhunting expeditions, village annihilations, giant exterminations – the typical mythical courtship) in order to win the hand of Laggunawa, who had been promised to Dungdungan.