Tau SOX: Festival of the First Peoples organized by the Department of Tourism-12 was successfully launched this week in various places around the region. It was a lovely and very enriching experience as we were able to learn the culture, history, customs, and traditional ways of life of the different indigenous peoples of SOCCSKSARGEN.

Different activities were held around the region for Tau SOX: Festival of the First Peoples which is also in celebration of the National Indigenous Peoples Month. The week-long event which aims to generate awareness and deeper understanding and appreciation of the cultural heritage of the different indigenous peoples in the region commenced at the Old City Hall in Cotabato City on October 26 with cultural performances by the different indigenous peoples of SOCCSKSARGEN including the Teduray, Manobo, Blaan, Tboli, and Maguindanao tribes. A forum on different traditional dances and rituals was also held.
Tau SOX: Festival of the First Peoples

Tau SOX: Festival of the First Peoples
DOT-12 Nelly Nita N. Dillera lead the opening of the interactive and living culture exhibit at Veranza, General Santos City. Curated by Leonardo Cariño, it will run until October 31, 2016.
On October 27, a one of a kind exhibit was formally opened at the Activity Center of Veranza in General Santos City. The interactive and living culture exhibit showcased the different indigenous peoples of the region. Dancers from different tribes in their colorful costumes wowed spectators as they once again performed traditional dances and rituals. Highlighted in the exhibit are the traditional houses with living artisans who demonstrated their crafts including tabih weaving of the Blaans, kudlong making by the Manobos, biton making and mat weaving by the Tedurays, embroidered garment making by the Tbolis and brassware-making by the Maguindanao tribe. A forum with interesting topics including the historic Maitum jars and Kulaman burial jars followed.
Tau SOX: Festival of the First Peoples


In the afternoon, it was tribal food overload in Koronadal City where an exhibition of traditional foods and a cook fest was held at the City Hall Lobby.  Guests and visitors learned and tasted different tribal foods of the Blaan, Tboli, Maguindanao, Manobo and Teduray tribes.

Performers from Cotabato City showcased traditional dances of the Maguindanao tribe during Tau SOX: Festival of the First Peoples
On October 28, different traditional games was showcased in Tacurong City. Attendees including LGU employees, students and some senior citizens learned from the Manobo, Manguindanao, Tboli and Teduray tribes some tribal games. There were also cultural performances by the different tribes.

Truly, Tau SOX: Festival of the First Peoples is another event to look forward to in SOCCSKSARGEN Region next year!

MORE PICTURES from Tau SOX: Festival of the First Peoples
Tau SOX: Festival of the First Peoples

Tau SOX: Festival of the First Peoples

Tau SOX: Festival of the First Peoples
Various musical instruments of the different tribes of SOX also on display at the Tau SOX interactive and living culture exhibit at Veranza in General Santos City

Tau SOX: Festival of the First Peoples

Tau SOX: Festival of the First Peoples

Tau SOX: Festival of the First Peoples

Tau SOX: Festival of the First Peoples

Tau SOX: Festival of the First Peoples

Tau SOX: Festival of the First Peoples
Gono, the traditional house of the Tboli tribe

Tau SOX: Festival of the First Peoples
Gumne, traditional house of the Blaan tribe

Tau SOX: Festival of the First Peoples

Tau SOX: Festival of the First Peoples





Tau SOX: Festival of the First Peoples

Tau SOX: Festival of the First Peoples
The Tedurays of Sultan Kudarat Province also joined Tau SOX: Festival of the First Peoples

Performers from the Monobo tribe from North Cotabato performed one of their rituals during Tau SOX: Festivals of the First Peoples

Tedurays from Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat with their traditional instruments showcased
their tribal dances

Blaan performers from Lamlifew Tribal Community in Malungon, Sarangani also participated in Tau SOX: Festival of the First Peoples

Performers from Lake Sebu, South Cotabato showcased tribal dances, chants and music of the Tboli tribe in Tau SOX: Festival of the First Peoples

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