“Popular Indigenous Games of the Mandaya and the Mansaka” book by UP-Min professor launched

POPULAR Indigenous Games of the Mandaya and the Mansaka, a research publication from UP Mindanao was launched in two locations by researcher and book-author Genevieve Jorolan-Quintero, an associate professor of the Dept. of Humanities.

"POPULAR Indigenous Games of the Mandaya and the Mansaka" book cover

“POPULAR Indigenous Games of the Mandaya and the Mansaka” book cover

The first book-launch was on November 24 in Barangay LibayLibay, Maco, Compostela Valley Province, with co-researcher Emmanuel Nabayra, for the Mansáka tribe. “Pangayam”, a hunting game that uses a spear called “palidok”, the game “Sumpitan” that uses a hollow bamboo tube named “kamili”, and the “Busog”, an archery game using the “tambuang” bow-and-arrow, were among the hunting games and the games of strength featured in the book.

BOOK Launch of "Popular Indigenous Games of the Mandaya and the Mansaka" by researchers Emmanuel Nabayra (seated, beside display) and Gen Quintero (seated, front) with the Mansaka indigenous people in Bgy. LibayLibay, Maco, Compostela Valley

BOOK Launch of “Popular Indigenous Games of the Mandaya and the Mansaka” by researchers Emmanuel Nabayra (seated, beside display) and Gen Quintero (seated, front) with the Mansaka indigenous people in Bgy. LibayLibay, Maco, Compostela Valley

INTER-DISCIPLINARY book launch with Dept. of Human Kinetics faculty (left-right) Armando Salazar, Albert Ramos, author Gen Quintero, Jezreel Abarca, and University Library representative Raymund Diaz

INTER-DISCIPLINARY book launch with Dept. of Human Kinetics faculty (left-right) Armando Salazar, Albert Ramos, author Gen Quintero, Jezreel Abarca, and University Library representative Raymund Diaz

The games of the Mandayá  were sourced from Barangay Don Salvador Lopez in Mati, Davao Oriental with the help of the late former barangay chairman Marino Bauyot. One of the Mandayá games of strength shown was the “Sugkudan”, a game that uses a length of bamboo called the “sugkud” that is gripped on each end by two players who both endeavor to push the other into a trench that is dug on the ground behind him. Other games of strength described were the “Ligid”, the “Bungot”, and the “Dumog”, and the hunting games.

STUDENTS line up for complimentary copies of the book "Popular Indigenous Games of the Mandaya and the Mansaka" from Assoc. Prof. Gen Jorolan-Quintero (right)

STUDENTS line up for complimentary copies of the book “Popular Indigenous Games of the Mandaya and the Mansaka” from Assoc. Prof. Gen Jorolan-Quintero (right)

According to Prof. Quintero, the games show the affinities between the two tribes in lifestyle, tradition, and the common occupation of hunting. However, she observed that “the spirit of competition does not overcome the spirit of camaraderie. The fun they get from the games is priceless”.

ASSOC. Prof. Genevieve Jorolan-Quintero and the book "Popular Indigenous Games of the Mandaya and the Mansaka"

ASSOC. Prof. Genevieve Jorolan-Quintero and the book “Popular Indigenous Games of the Mandaya and the Mansaka”

The book is a product of inter-disciplinary research among three academic departments. On November 27, Prof. Quintero also held a book launch in UP-Mindanao with the participation of the Dept. of Human Kinetics, looking at the book  using the elements of sports and recreation. The book cover and illustrations were done by Asst. Prof. Teody “Bong” Perez. PR

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