67th Anniversary Of Hinilawod Recordings
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67th Anniversary Of Hinilawod Recordings

Cultural Treasures preserved for the future generation

Jul 2, 2024, 2:05 AM
Kurt Reed True

Kurt Reed True


On June 23, 2024, the 67th anniversary of Hugan-an's Hinilawod Recordings was celebrated, recognizing the work of anthropologist Felipe Landa Jocano. This event held special significance as the recordings were recently added to the UNESCO Memory of the World Asia Pacific Register, highlighting the cultural importance of Hinilawod, an epic that preserves the rich oral traditions of Panay Island.

The celebration honored not only Hugan-an but also the late Narcisa Lingaya, known as Iyay Inar, and Ulang Udig, another chanter who made significant contributions to Jocano’s work.

The commemoration brought together the families of these cultural icons from various towns, including Brgy. Wright in Tapaz, Capiz, and Calinog and Lambunao in Iloilo.

This event was made possible through collaborations between the public and private sectors. Key supporters included the UNESCO Memory of the World National Committee, UP Center for Ethnomusicology, Office of Senator Loren Legarda, National Museum of the Philippines, Province of Iloilo, LGU Lambunao, Sangguniang Barangay of Wright, Green Papaya Art Projects, the family of Dr. Felipe Landa Jocano, and the descendants of Hugan-an and Ulang Udig, along with volunteers.

Common Heritage

Ms. Anna Razel Limoso-Ramirez, in her introduction to the Epics of Panay, explained that the chanters of Hinilawod and Suguidanon Epics are relatives from the mountains of Lambunao, Calinog, and Tapaz. 

Despite political boundaries, these communities share a common heritage and cultural background. The variations in the chants reflect the oral tradition, showcasing the rich, dynamic nature of these narratives.

Recognizing and celebrating Hinilawod is vital for preserving cultural heritage. These oral epics are not just stories but are crucial for understanding the identity and history of the indigenous communities of Panay. 

The inclusion in the UNESCO register helps ensure that these important cultural treasures are preserved for future generations.

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