By Lito Delos Reyes
The defending champion Ata Manobo Tribe garnered 53 points to retain their over-all title in the second Davao Indigenous Tribal Games for Peace held at the People’s Park in Davao City on Thursday.
The Ata tribes folk led by former Indigenous People and Muslim Representative and now Ata coordinator of Davao City DatuBermino Mambo-o won four of the 14 games against four other tribes.
They ruled the popano (bow & arrow), bibinayo (rice pounding), dagan (run) and the sisibow (siatong) for women. They made good use of their 15 minutes to produce the best and cleanest rice in bibinayo to earn five points.
In addition, this tribal group also finished a strong second in the osoroy (tug-of-war), sisibow for men, totaringki (fire making), sosakoro (bamboo water fetching), kokasing’skarambola and best time worth four points each.
Obu-Manovu tallied 44 points to place first runner-up followed by Matigsalog with 41 points. Tagabawa and Klata collected 37 and 33 points, respectively to finish third and fourth runners-up.
The Atas went home with the top cash prize of P55,000 and a trophy while the Obu-Manuvo pocketed P45,000 and a trophy. Matigsalog got P35,000 while Tagabawa and Klata both earned P20,000 each.
“We just tried our best to defend out title,” said Mambo-o, who bared that they had prepared for it early this year. The troika of Lorenzo Bayawan (2.5), Quezon Badan (2.0) and Andres Libran (1.5) powered the Atas for 50 points in topping the popano.
Obu-Manovu, on the other hand, dominated the solopot, sosakoro and sisiklot (sticks) while Matigsalog topped the sisibow for men, bubontog (spear) and kokasing (best time).
Tagabawa won totaringki (topspin) while Klata topped the osoroy by beating all four tribes and also won the aakow (stilts).
Councilor HalilaSudagar, current IPMR in the City Council and ImsaveObial , who represented Sports Development Division-City Mayor’s Office OIC Butch Ramirez also awarded the medals to the individual winners.
At least 250 IPs from the five different tribes of Davao competed for one-day to show their unity and camaraderie in celebration of the 30th KadayawansaDabaw Festival.
“It’s more of a camaraderie and not really for competition,” said Datu Rudy Mande of Matigsalog.
CMO’s chief of staff Neil Dalumpines welcomed the tribes while Tourism Assistant Secretary Art Boncato gave the message. “The Davao Tribal Games is one of the programs of Mayor RodyDuterte to encourage the Indigenous People of Davao to show and preserve their culture including the own traditional games,” said event chairman Tommy Inigo of SDD-CMO.
The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is observed on August to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population. It also recognizes the achievements and contributors that indigenous people make to improve world issues such as environmental protection.
It was first pronounced by the General Assembly of the United Nations in December 1994, marking the day of the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the Subcommission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights. (LDR/ SDD-CMO)