Two years following the inaugural hosting of the Philippines, the City of Kuching in Sarawak, Malaysia, hosted the Budayaw Culture and Arts Festival of the Brunei Darrusalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines – East Asia Growth Area or BIMP-EAGA. As expected, it was a showcase of the diverse cultural traditions and artistic expressions of the many indigenous groups in the region.
For a week, Kuching’s Plaza Merdeka Mall and the Old Courthouse located at the city’s historical core became a performing arts haven and venue of scholarly exchanges as participants from member countries banner their traditional dances, music, culinary heritage, and traditional attires, and share researches and expertise on culture and heritage.
With the theme “Beauty in cultural diversity,” the event promoted unity and understanding between the multi-ethnic, multi-cultural groups of the BIMP-EAGA member countries.
Notes on the built environment of Kuching, Sarawak in Malaysian Borneo
Edgar Allan M. Sembrano
is a retired professor of sociology and humanities at the Mindanao State University – Maguindanao. She earned her Ph.D. in Peace and Development at Notre Dame Univertsity, in 2015. She is also teaching in the Graduate School of Mindanao State University – Maguindanao handling Peace and Development subjects specifically Ethnicity and Cultural Solidarity and Conflict management and conflict resolution, and other Peace and development subjects.
She is also a part-time professor at Cotabato City State Polytechnic College (at the Graduate School) handling Intercultural Solidarity, Values Education toward Peace and Development, and conflict Management, Resolution and Transformation.
She is also into research with interest on the Tri- people groups of Maguindanao, and intercultural solidarity.
She has also presented a research paper in Thailand at the Mahidol University during the 4th International Conference on International Relations and Development (Bangkok, Thailand, July 9-10, 2015).
Recently, she was hired as Dean of the Graduate School of the Gani L. Abpi College, Incorporated, a private school in Datu Piang, Maguindanao.
earned her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, cum laude in 1973. She worked with different NGOs for 20 years starting in 1974, including the academe and cultural institutions, mostly doing cultural research and participatory process in community-based programs in the different communities of Mindanao, including Maguindanao, Manobo and Settler rural communities.
She pursued further studies in Anthropology (Xavier University), Management (Asian Institute of Management), Business Economics (University of Asia and the Pacific) and some units in Health Care Financing in University of Heidelberg, Germany. She was also an exchange artist of Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia.