Jewels of Eaga (Dance Performances)

Madayaw Cultural Ensemble

In December 1998, feast day of the Immaculate Conception, a group of elementary students were asked to create a group for a performance in barrio fiesta in our Brgy. Buhangin Davao city. Since then until now, Madayaw Cultural Ensemble of Davao city, is a group of young professionals performing Mindananoan cultural dances and other Philippine folk dances in continuing to advocate and promote our own cultural identity as Filipinos. Madayaw cultural ensemble joined various competitions in local, National and international events. Truly a hall of fame Champion dance group in Davao city of sayaw kadayawan and in Tacurong of talacudong festival, and a national winner in traditional music in national musical competition for young artist, cultural center of the Philippines. Through this we can encourage our young Filipinos to love our own cultural heritage, influences, and diversity because it is where we integrate our norms and values. Hence, we the Madayaw Cultural Ensemble, understands the past to live the present and prepare for our future as we make a difference through cultural music and arts.

Madayaw Cultural Ensemble Participants for Budayaw 2019

  1. Bryan Ellorimo, Davao City
  2. Melvin Pagara, Davao City
  3. Jenifer Mapalo, Davao City
  4. Clark Jonardvil Villarreiz, Davao City
  5. Antoniette Bangot, Island Garden City Of Samal
  6. Cenia Mari Salvaleon, Davao City
  7. Cherry Ann Jalit, Davao City
  8. Kate Barbara Anne Simoy, Davao City
  9. Roselyn Bender, Davao City
  10. Phoebe Ritz Jimenez, Davao City
  1. Kent Earl Ramayrat, Davao City
  2. John Lorenze Damiar, Davao City
  3. Aljoe Dumaog, Davao City
  4. Jesrael Quiban, Davao City
  5. Jeoffry Quiban, Davao City
  6. Jerald Quiban, Davao City
  7. Jean Mikko Wanal, Davao City
  8. Lelynvil Socorro Villarreiz, Davao City
  9. Lovelia Jimenez, Davao City
  10. Effren Bangot III, Island Garden City Of Samal

Voices Rising for Peace and Harmony (Youth Choral)
8va Vocal Ensemble

The Frank Englis and the 8va Vocal Ensemble is composed of select alumni from different batches of the Octava Choral Society, which was originally named 8va when ethnomusicologist, musical director, and choral conductor, Prof. Francisco Englis founded it in 1978. Long before the name changes to Octava Choral Society and becoming the official resident choir of MSU-IIT, the original 8va, whose members were a mix of MSU-IIT faculty, staff, students and non-MSU-IIT professionals, has already gone on numerous concert tours in Mindanao and the Visayas. Eventually, the professionals in the group gave way to MSU-IIT students, and proceeded to win the 1982 NAMCYA college choir category, then subsequently represented the Philippines in the 3rd International Choral Festival held in Manila in 1983. Upon his retirement from MSU-IIT, Prof. Englis decided to revive the 8va in its original form in 2018, with a membership open to anyone from all walks of life who shares the same love and passion for choral music. Now known as Frank Englis and the 8va Vocal Ensemble, the group started with only six members, and was reintroduced in a performance at the Deus Caritas Village Youth Rondalla benefit concert in Iligan in January 2018. The group has since doubled its roster, all of whom are professionals in a variety of fields. Since its revival, Frank Englis and the 8va Vocal Ensemble has been building and performing a repertoire that includes folk songs, sacred music, popular local and international songs, Broadway showstoppers, and Mindanaoan ethnic pieces.

8va Ensemble Participants for Budayaw 2019

  1. Francisco Englis, Iligan City
  2. Percelie Dahili, Davao City
  3. Reynabeth Dialing, Iligan City
  4. Marlou Flores, Iligan City
  5. Aldren Galano, Iligan City
  6. Astrid Gimena, Iligan City
  7. Chloe Adrianne Gimena, Iligan City
  1. Eric Michael Jungao, Iligan City
  2. Jelli Grace Luzano, Iligan City
  3. Nathan Kim Mosot, Iligan City
  4. Jaro Navales, Davao City
  5. Lua Navales, Davao City
  6. Jane Paglinawan, Iligan City
  7. Domshell John Cahiles, Bukidnon

Celebrating Cultural Diversity (Photography)

FROILAN GALLARDO visualizes the colourful Mindanao regional landscape through an image making practice. These photographs are created in the midst of tri-people communities, as a local traversing the heart of strife and celebration, and finding communal strength in beliefs and daily existence in Southern Philippines. Gallardo is a Cagayan-de-Oro-based veteran reporter and photographer who works with MindaNews. He is one of the awardees of the European Union Peace Award (2015), won honours for his writing and photos by the International Committee of the Red Cross (2013 & 2012), and was a Fellow of Southeast Asian Presse Alliance (2011) in Bangkok. His photographs have been exhibited in Handuraw Marawi: A Mission Exhibit (2018) in Cagayan de Oro, and recently at the First Mindanao Art Fair (2019) in Davao City.


While contemporary artist ABRAHAM GARCIA JR’s photographic works are initially created in urban and provincial areas of the Mindanao region. He uses photographic images as material to highlight communal sites of interaction and mobility. He further incorporates upholstery materials on his vinyl prints to encourage the viewers to remember their locale through remembering and physical touch. He depicts peripheral sites and spaces of convergence and public transportation (not the jeepneys), where ordinary Mindanawons have etched their DNAs without being aware about it, through colour, forms and patterns. He is currently Brisbane-based pursuing his PhD studies in the visual arts and exhibited his photographic series works in Oases (2019).

Under One Sky (Visual Arts)

Multi-disciplinary Gen. Santos-based artist AL-NEZZAR ALI’s set of digital works open the viewers to the way evolving traditional culture are viewed in Mindanao. Though he is known for his paintings, installation pieces, and a purveyor of Moro artistic performances, his recent series reflect contemporary trends and changes that emerged from technological developments that transform the ways of cultural transmissions. Ali’s digital works will attempt to create discussions on the issue, as well as bringing forth new insight into where the place of cultural and traditional values lead into the future generations. He is an active cultural worker, who espouses in strengthening the arts for peace initiatives with partner national and Mindanao-based cultural institutions with the UNICEF and USAID youth programs in the arts.

Finally, Davao-based visual artist MARIANO “ANOY” CATAGUE celebrates the living heritage of the first peoples and culture-bearers of Mindanao—the Lumads and with the recent socio-environmental condition of their ancestral lands. His initial personal and communal interaction with the Matigsalog tribe has made him an advocate to the invaluable contribution of indigenous communities to the resurgence and bounty of the land. His recent acrylic works feature the agong, a musical instrument that is relevant in the life cycle rituals of the Lumad communities during rice planting and harvest seasons and warding off evil spirits. Catague was honoured as the Most Outstanding Visual Artist (2018) in his hometown, Butuan City. He is a consistent awardee of national art competitions and has held 10 solo exhibitions in more than two decades of art practice in the Philippines.

INTERTWINING DREAMS (Master Weaver Showcase)

Theme: Harmony Weave Showcasing weavers from BIMP Region with their weaving skills and portray the similarities among BIMP region.

IN the spirit of portraying Similarities among the region, the Philippine participation will be showcasing its Mandaya and Tboli Ikat traditions. The Philippine Masters maintain several Ikat traditions from the cordilleras to Mindanao. Ikat, a resist dyeing weaving technique is quite old, the oldest evidence in southeast Asia was found in a coffin in Banton Romblon. Within SE Asia, Ikat weaving tradition is found in Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. In Mindanao five cultural communities have produced exceptional ikat for centuries- The Bagobo (Inabal), the Tboli (Tnalak) Blaan (Mabal Tabih) and the Mandaya (Dagmay) have masters maintaining the age-old tradition. Unfortunately for the Subanen (pulaw) the tradition died out when the knowledge was not transferred to the next generation.

For Budayaw’s Intertwining Dreams in Kuching, the Philippines brings two Mandaya weavers (a master and an apprentice) of the dagmay and and a Tboli Tnalak master to do a demo of craft. The Philippine participation shall also feature Ikat textiles from private collections.

The Mandayas live in the areas of what is now Compostela valley and Davao oriental. Their dagmay technology is similar to how tnalak is made except that dagmay is coarser as the Mandayas don’t burnish the finished cloth with wax. Tnalak, like the Blaan mabal tabih and the Bagobo inabal is softer nad has a shiny look. The Tbolis on the other hand are live in the mountains of South Cotabato. Tnalak weaving however is only found among the Tbolis of Lake Sebu.

Mindanao ikat is similar to that of its neighbors in the BIMP the only difference is that in the tnalak and dagmay Abaca (Manila Hemp) is the fibers used while Counterparts in Indonesia and Malaysia use spun cotton



Leonardo Rey (Bing) Carino is an educator, curator and collector of Philippine textiles and other material culture artifacts. He finished his Interior design degree from the University of the Philippines and is currently taking his Masters in Culture and Arts studies from the Mindanao state university in Iligan City. He is an independent curator and was the curator of the Ikat Pavilion in the 1st Budayaw festival of Cultures.


JULIE FANULAN (Tboli Weaver)

Julie Fanulan is the youngest active Tnalak dream weaver of the Tboli people od Lake Sebu in South Cotabato, Philippines.


GINA B. ILIGAN (Mandaya weaver)

Gina iligan at 25 years old is already an accomplished weaver of the Dagmay


DALOPE A. AMODAYON (Mandaya Weaver)

Dalope is a master of the Dagmay weaving process. She is from Compostela Valley in Davao Province.

Narratives of Earth Music (Showcase of Indigenous Music)

Halim G. Tabi Jr. a Sangir – Blaan by tribe is a Muslim youth that lives in the Island called, Sarangani, which is situated in the Province of Davao Occidental. The island is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean. Its neighbor were the islands of Indonesia. Historically, the Sangir tribe were from the Sangihe Island of Indonesia and it explains that the ancestors of Tabi himself, we’re the Indonesians and the Malay – Polynesian Blaans. Tabi is a cultural performer. During his university days, he performed a lot around the country as a Pangalay dancer and instrumentalist to Kulintang, Dabakan, Flute, Kulitong and Kubing, together with the Kabpapagariya Ensemble, the performing arts arm of the Mindanao State University – General Santos City. He is proud of his roots and he advocates for peace through fostering cultural sensitivity and appreciation to performing arts.


Edgar Sabang, a native from Lake Sebu, South Cotabato is a T’boli by tribe. Sabang is a well-rounded performer who can dance, chant and play different instruments such as tinonggong, kubing, flute and other bamboo related instruments. He has been into many different places together with Helobung, a cultural group based in Lake Cebu. They have performed in several places around the Philippines and internationally.


Jeharry Mag-aso, grew up in Zamboanga del Sur and is a Subanen by tribe. He was well taught by his ancestors to preserve their local music traditions hence, he can play multiple instruments such as soling, tumpong, tanggab, kumbing, tambobok, khutet, kutapi and gong.

Budayaw Fashion Show


Emi-Alexander Englis Luxe Couture 


Emi Englis is an Artisanal Heritage Fashion Designer, Creative Entrepreneur and Educator. He has represented the Philippines in Paris, France to the International Competition of Young Fashion 

Designers and eventually as a MEGA YDC Ambassador of the Shape of the New Future. He was previously a fellow of the British Council Creative Innovators Program as one of the 15 global ambassadors of the country’s Creative Industries. He chairs Philippine Women’s College of Davao’s BFA Fashion Design Program and heads its  Center for Innovation and Social Ventures. He is also one of the founding members and currently Secretary of the Davao Fashion and Design Council. 


Toping Zamora 

Toping Zamora is a fashion designer and social entrepreneur based in Davao City Philippines. Having worked with different ethnolinguistic groups in Philippines, he takes pride in showcasing not only Philippine’s rich heritage and culture, but also collaborative innovations with the indigenous high-artisans.  

A graduate of BS Business Management from Ateneo de Davao University and BFA Fashion Design from Philippine Women’s College of Davao, Toping Zamora puts together his organic aesthetics and business acumen into a sustainable social enterprise that highlights the diverse material and cultural heritage of both Lumads and Islamized groups through wearable, retailable and curated fashion apparel and fashion accessories.

Interestingly, his efforts are well recognized locally having been awarded the Grand Prix in Kadayawan Ball 2018 and as Designer of the Year at the Stellar Mindanao Heritage Fashion Design Competition 2019. 

Currently, he is sharing his knowledge and exposures to young fashion students as a mentor-instructor at PWC of Davao.  He has been inspiring them to innovate further and strengthen Mindanaoan pride and identity in their designs.  He strongly believes that as a Mindanaoan And Filipino designer, our diverse culture is our brand.