100 foreigners to join `Budayaw’ in Gensan

ABOUT 100 foreign delegates have confirmed to join in the first Budayaw, a festival on culture and arts of Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines-East Asian Growth Area (Bimp-Eaga) in General Santos City and Sarangani Province next month.

 Nestor Horfilla, festival artistic director of National Commission for Culture and Arts-Budayaw, said yesterday in Wednesdays @ Habi at Kape in Abreeza Mall that there would be 40 delegates from Brunei, 35 from Indonesia and 50 from Malaysia.

 The festival, he said, is expected to gather about 400 artists, indigenous cultural masters, researchers, writers and teachers, who are mostly from Mindanao. He said they already tapped the local government of General Santos City to assure safety and security for the attendees.

 “We are expecting visitors from different embassies. So far, there is no problem on the accommodation,” Horfilla said.

 Budayaw, NCCA said, is a multi-dimensional and multi-disciplinary festival of arts and culture of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and Bimp-Eaga.

 “With the theme ‘Taking Pride in the Creative Diversity of the Bimp-Eaga Region,’ the festival will showcase the diversity of creative expressions of the region,” NCCA said in a statement.

 Horfilla said there would be also Budayaw Trade and Trade Fair and Budayaw Plus Tour in the festival. The Budayaw Plus Tour, for instance, offers tour packages to the delegates in tourist destinations in General Santos and Sarangani.

 The guests will be toured in the cultural villages at Lamlifaw and Lake Sebu.

 Adelina Suemith, chief of project monitoring and evaluation division of NCCA, said this is part of Bimp-Eaga’s efforts under the region’s socio-cultural pillar. The socio-cultural pillar was created in 2015 to promote the region’s culture and boost human resource development.

 “We agreed that in time for the 50th anniversary, the first Budayaw Festival has to be conducted in the Philippines,” Suemith said, citing that this is aimed to promote sense of belongingness in Bimp-Eaga.

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