By Tara Yap
Iloilo City—A book recently launched is highlighting the indigenous knowledge of Panay and Guimaras Islands.
Aptly titled From the Seas to the Mountain: Panay-Guimaras Traditional Knowledge Systems, the book attempts to preserve intangible cultural practices in the context of a digital age while fostering a culturally resilient-people to work harmoniously with nature for sustainable development.
Funded by Senator Loren Legarda, the Western Visayas office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) tapped experts from state colleges and universities (SUCs) led by University of the Philippines (UP Visayas) to document the various indigenous practices.
DENR-6 Regional Director Jim Sampulna earlier explained to Manila Bulletin that the book supplements DENR’s mandate for protection and conservation in Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, and Iloilo provinces by giving due credit to traditional knowledge.
“It (traditional knowledge and systems) serves as a balance for our socio-economy,” Sampulna said.
Led by anthropologist Alicia Magos and project coordinator Anna Razel Ramirez, experts from Aklan State University, Capiz State University, West Visayas State University, University of Antique, and UP Visayas dabbled on five major themes: Agriculture; Arts and Crafts; Fishery; Forestry; and Literature and Rituals.
The book also contains photos taken by Ramon Ramirez in all five provinces.