National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) – Regional Office 5 partnered with Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges (CSPC) for the launching of the former’s coffee table books under Project “Epanaw” and photo exhibit on March 21 and 29, 2021 at SM City Legazpi and SM City Naga, respectively.
Project “Epanaw,” or “Journey,” was initiated by NCIP to feature the culture and heritage of indigenous cultural communities (ICCs) and indigenous peoples (IPs).
The first coffee table book, “Pagkilala” (Recognize), showcases the profiles of each ICC and IP including their history, location, and overview of their social and daily lives.
The second one, “Paggalang” (Respect) features festivals and rituals that the ICC and IPs practice in relation to important events such as birth and death, agricultural cycle, and the sacred and profane.
Finally, the third book called “Pagtaguyod” (Promote), contains travel destinations in ancestral domains for eco-tourism.
Under the said partnership, CSPC through the Center for Rinconada Culture and the Arts (CRCA) provided 20 panel boards that were utilized in the exhibit. Moreover, CRCA staff were tapped to curate photos and IP artifacts in the launching site.