By lovely a. carillo
About 500 visitors are expected to join the first-ever Budayaw: BIMP-EAGA Festival of Culture and the Arts slated in General Santos City from September 20-24, this year.
“As of today we have confirmed participants from Brunei (40), Indonesia (35) and Malaysia (50),” artist Nestor Horfilla, head of the Festival Organizing Team, said at Wednesday’s Habi@Kape Media Forum held at Abreeza Mall.
He said the rest of the participants will be coming from Palawan and the different regions in Mindanao including Tawi-Tawi, Zamboanga, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and Basilan.
Horfilla said the participants have already requested assistance for their accommodation in General Santos City.
Budayaw aims to showcase the diversity of creative expressions of cultural masters and artists in the Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines-East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA).
The festival will feature different lectures, workshops, performances, shows, exhibits and other activities and events. Visitors will be able to view iconic landscapes, and cultural markers of the BIMP-EAGA.
“Hope it will spark interest to look into the role of culture, promote cultural exchanges and allow is to know more about our common roots and diversity,” he said.
Horfilla said six Mindanao-based cultural groups will interpret the Philippine Ramayana, the Maharaja Rawana. Artists will also be interacting with the communities in Maitum, Malungon, Malapatan and Alabel.