COMMUNITY: BIBAK Manitoba celebrates International Grand Cañao

Hundreds  joined  the members of   BIBAK  Association  of  Manitoba in the  first International Grand Cañao held at the Victoria  Hotel and Convention Centre this weekend.

Cañao   is a  popular  traditional feast  celebrated  in the Philippine Cordillera for good harvest and   progress  or for healing of the sick.

The event   showcased  live  cultural  and  traditional  performances that were   authentic  of  each of the group/tribe  comprising  the   entire Cordillera region–  Benguet,  Ifugao,  Bontoc, Kalinga and Apayao  (BIBAK).

BIBAK  President Virginia Gayot   said  their group  holds  Cañao  every year in Manitoba  but  this year was bigger.  Grand Cañao marks   their group’s  25th  anniversary.

“Our Grand Cañao was very memorable because   we invited other BIBAK  friends around the globe.   It  celebrates and  reinforces our commitment to  promote and show our  native culture to the community and to the world.   It also embodies the  unity of   us,  Cordillerans in  Manitoba,  to  preserve  and  pass  our  heritage  to the new generation.”



Dubbed  “Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow,”  the Grand Cañao  presented the following cultural dances:   Tallak and Bendian from Benguet;  Pagadout and Dinuy-A from Ifugao, Takik and Eagle from from Bontoc; Tadok and Talip from Apayao; and Banga from Kalinga.

Assistant Secretary lawyer Ana Marie Rafael  of  the Presidential Communications Operations Office  came all the way from the Philippines to grace the event.


Assistant Secretary Marie Rafael of the Presidential Communications Operations Office is an Australia Awards Scholar with Master of Laws degree at the Australian National University. Growing up in the Mountain Province, she speaks fluent Igorot and knows by heart all the tribal dances. The lawyer was former mayor of Natonin, Mountain Province.



Another highlight of the event was the recognition  of  the contribution of  BIBAK  pioneer   founders  and elders   in Manitoba.

Music  from some of   Winnipeg’s  local artists and  from talented members  of   BIBAK were also  presented.

There was  also   fashion show and  community dancing. Among those at  the dance floor were   Member of   Parliament  Robert Falcon Ouellette  and  Vickar Automotive Group’s  Toba Vickar.

Lord Vincent Novencido and Florence Ticzon served  as master of ceremonies.  There were door prizes, raffle draws and raffle prizes.

Following  the Grand Cañao held on July 6th,   the  association  also hosted a community picnic on July 7th  in  Pine Falls Manitoba.


Here’s a glimpse of some of the highlights of  the  colorful event in photos.  (Photo credit: Nelson Manalili)







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