The mission to promote Filipino indigenous culture and heritage goes on for the award-winning documentary series Dayaw with the launch of its eleventh season on ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel, this August.
A production of ANC and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Dayaw has been documenting the lifeways, traditions, practices, and culture of the different Indigenous Peoples groups since 2015.
Still leading the way for Dayaw on its eleventh season is its host, three-term senator, and now House deputy speaker and Antique congresswoman, Loren Legarda, who conceptualized the program.
“It has always been Dayaw's mission to document as many aspects of Filipino culture and knowledge systems as possible. We can only save these from extinction by continuing to instill their importance in the younger generation, and let them practice and learn these treasures,” Legarda said.
“With the theme ‘Kakaibang Sigla,’ Dayaw Season 11 allows us to look at the different ways in which our energy, competitiveness and sportsmanship are mainstreamed in the traditional societies and knowledge systems,” Legarda added.
After featuring traditional Filipino children’s games such as patintero, sipa, and luksong tinik in the first episode, followed by a two-part special on the Punnuk, a show of physical strength that ends the Ifugao’s harvest season, Dayaw will then focus on Filipino martial arts such as arnis, silat, and eskrima in its next two episodes, starting today at 6:00 p.m. on ANC and the ANC Facebook.
The season will wrap up on Sept. 3 with “Sayawang Pinoy,” an episode highlighting how grace and fluidity of movements of Filipinos express our energy, discipline and joy as a people.
Despite the pandemic, “Dayaw” has been able to launch new seasons, with Season 12 already in the works. Titled "Kakaibang Sigla: Our Vital Energy Part 2," it will explore love, courtship, marriage, and the cycles of life featuring the Gaddang, Tboli, and Sama Dilaut.
Dayaw Season 11 airs every Thursday on ANC on cable and the ANC Facebook page.