TABUK CITY, Kalinga (PIA) - The celebration of the Kalinga’s 19th founding anniversary and Ullalim Festival in February next year may be highlighted with the simultaneous playing of a thousand gongs.
Said proposal, which was adopted in a resolution by the Kapehan sa Kapitolyo body composed of the various provincial government department and national line agency heads, was presented by a civil society group headed by Dr. Amelia Miranda. It aims to put the name of the province in the world map through their unique and beautiful gong playing.
Miranda, who is also known for being an advocate of culture, said the proposed project is called “Awong di gangsa” or “The call of a thousand gong” proposal.
As a cultural community, the people of Kalinga find pride in their gongs which are only played during special occasions, festivities and celebrations. She said that the Kalingas have complete sets of gongs unlike the other cultural communities in the country. Governor Jocel Baac called on the group and the concerned members of the body to look into the mechanics and proper preparations of the event. This he said could also be conceptualized as a possible attempt for a Guinness World Record for the province. **Geraldine G. Dumallig/Guru Press – Aug. 5, 2013