BAGUIO CITY – Igorot Global Organization (IGO), an international association of Igorots, launched Cordillera-wide Folklore Documentation Contest purposely to record and preserve unpublished Cordilleran folklores and to inspire young Cordillerans to value the importance of such documentaries and to pass on the same to the future generations.
Said project focuses on the theme “Cordillera Folklore: Igorot treasures for the worldwide to see.”
In his invitation letter distributed to all secondary schools in the region, Dr. Gaston P. Kibiten, chairperson of the board of trustees of IGO scholarship program, said that the contest is open to all grades nine and ten high school students in the Cordillera region for them to be able to have a chance to document valuable unpublished and untold stories from the different parts of the region and to the different tribes where they belong.
Interested participants will gather folk stories of any kind (legends, fables, tales, stories for entertainment or during funerals) including pomes, riddles, songs, etc. by transcribing oral literature from storytellers in their communities.
Entries must be written in the vernacular and translated in English in collaboration with a teacher in order for the participants to be able to have a grasp of the wit and talents of storytellers from the different parts of the region.
The students may work individually or in group in documenting and writing the story and they may submit up to three entries, the letter further explained.
Kibiten emphasized, “All entries must be original and previously unpublished.”
All entries can be sent thru mail anytime until January 30, 2016 and shall be addressed to Dr. Gaston P. Kibiten, Research and Extension Office, Saint Louis University, Baguio City.
Edwin B. Marino