BAGUIO CITY – Photos depicting the culture, attire, dances and musical instruments of the six provinces in Cordillera highlighted the “UC Saeng Ya Kasay” Cor de Mayo festival that opened on May 18 here.
Eros Goze, a Baguio-born photographer who finished Mass Communication at Saint Louis University, exhibited photos in “sepia” modeled by members of the UC Saeng Ya Kasay Ensemble, who were also present as live mannequins donning the indigenous attires of the six provinces of the Cordillera.
The photographs were shot during the visit of Goze from December 2016 to April 2017 and will be part of the collection that University of the Cordillera (UC) Cor de Mayo which they intend to bring on tour. He donated the photos to UC as part of the cultural preservation materials of the university.
Goze made a name in the high-end portrait photography in the Middle East while based in Dubai. He was chosen by Philippine Arts Music and Sports awards (PAMAS) as Photographer of the Year in 2013. He was also tagged by a magazine in Middle East as the Most influential Filipino photographer in Middle East. He did photography for Vogue Italia on-line magazine and photo supplier for Leo Burnett Advertising agency. He has done various shoots for Splash and Iconic clothing brands. He was also a fashion photographer of Twooneseven Studio. He also worked in three respectable fashion houses and worked as a fashion designer with the Farfalla Haute Couture.
Engr. Aloysius Mapalo, dean of Student Affairs of the University of the Cordillera said the Cor de Mayo is a Cordillera cultural festival during the month of May.
“In the lowlands, they have the Flores de Mayo, but since we do not have it here, we thought of having the Cor de Mayo which will feature the culture of the region,” he said.
The university, he said, carries the name of the region – Cordillera, and the Cor de Mayo is the institution’s contribution to the preservation of the unique culture.
Mapalo said the event resonates the vision of the university’s founder, Atty. Benjamin Romero Salvosa. “Our founder envisioned UC to be in the forefront of cultural preservation and we need to educate our students to learn to appreciate and respect it.”
The festival kicked off with the photo exhibit. A symposium-forum in partnership with the Cordillera News Agency (CNA) was held on May 18 with speakers Dr. Sonia Daoas, journalist Maria Elena Catajan and photojournalist and CNA president Dave Leprozo on topics relating to cultural sensitivity in the field of education and mass media.
”This is the first step to understanding the cultures of the Philippines,” said Daoas. Talking before Teacher Education and Communication students, she said that millennials must understand the value of respecting cultures as she cited the misrepresentation of cultures on social media.
Mapalo said that the event resonates the vision of the university’s founder Atty. Benjamin Romero Salvosa. “Our founder envisioned UC to be in the forefront of cultural preservation and we need to educate our students to learn to appreciate and respect it.”
A grand cultural show featuring the music and dances of the region is scheduled on May 20, 2017 at the UC Theater. LTA/PNA-northboundasia.com