It was 19 years ago when Lopes Nauyac and Kidlat Tahimik decided to revive the Punnok, an Ifugao festival celebrating the harvest. At the first celebration, only 30 people came, none of them wore their traditional dress. Now, 19 years later, the festival is fully attended by the barangays of Hapao, Nungulunan, and Ba-ang as well as visitors. Nearly everyone is dressed in their beautiful bahag and tapis.
There is a spirit of fun, good natured ” Kanchawan”, a feeling of oneness. The municipality has officially adopted the festival.The children who attended the first Punnok are now young men and women. A whole generation has grown up celebrating and enjoying it.
The festival is a symbol of Ifugao’s vibrant culture, to participate is to know what it feels like to be in the community’s warm embrace.
About the Author:
Lissa Romero De Guia is a former actor at Cameron Mackintosh Ltd. She studied acting at HB Studio, New York and is a freelance writer, editor, and voiceover artist.