Ritual ceremonies officiated by leaders and elders of the seven indigenous tribal groups of Bukidnon started the program during the launch of the Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Project (INREMP) in Bukidnon. INREMP is a seven-year project funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). It is implemented in the four provinces in the Philippines, namely: Bohol, Bukidnon, Cagayan Valley, and Lanao del Sur.
The IP ritual ceremonies during the INREM project launch aim to appease the spirit deities in a rite which involves prayers, offerings of betel nut and other stuff, and the slaughter of pig and chickens. In this activity, the IP ritualists call the “Magbabaya” (God and spirit deities) to give blessings for the success and sustainability of the project. Pictures below highlight the said ceremonies:
The “Bais” prepare the ritual table by putting symbolic instruments like coins, ginger, betel nut and other stuff.
Governor Jose Ma. R. Zubiri, Jr. offers a coin and watches the “Bais” as they prepare the ritual table.
The IP ritualists offer prayers before they butcher a pig as an offering. The IP elders and “Bais” join the ceremonies.
The “panampulot” is taking part of the offered food, and which implies acceptance of the blessings. It signals the end of the “Ritual”. It also signifies unity and communion in prayers to the “Magbabaya” for the success of the project. Most of the guests and participants take part in the“Panampulot”.
Wine toss grounded the commitment of all stakeholders during the IRNEM project launch. It also aimed to encourage the stakeholders to get involved and participate in the project activities. Inviting all participants for a wine toss are (from right to left ): Hon. Governor Jose Maria R. Zubiri, Jr., RED Ruth M. Tawantawan of DENR Region 10, Undersecretary for Policy and Planning and Foreign Assisted Programs of DENR, the Hon. Manuel D. Gerochi, Datu ‘Migketay’ Victorino Saway, and Dr. Urooj S. Malik, the International Special Adviser for the province of Bukidnon on all environment and watershed conservation projects.