Musician builds village showcasing Kalinga culture

Angelyn Valencia, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 20 2016 12:54 AM

A musician from Kalinga helps preserve Kalinga culture through music and instruments.

Alonzo Saclag from Lubuagan, Kalinga is known for his talent in playing different Kalinga musical instruments. He has contributed a lot in preserving Kalinga culture through dances, music and customs. 

In 2000, The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) declared Saclag as a Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan Awardee (National Living Treasure).

After receiving the award, he continued his advocacy to promote culture. He bought hectares of land in Lubuagan and transformed it into a village called Awichon. 

It is a village where one can experience Kalinga’s rich culture. There are native houses at the village, collection of native instruments such as gong and bamboo flute. 

Visitors can also try Kalinga attire and an overnight stay at the village. Cultural performances are also presented when there are visitors.

In front of the village is a breathtaking view of Pasil and Lubuagan mountains, terraces and rivers, believed to be the route used by General Emilio Aguinaldo to escape.

Saclag also shared some stories about Aguinaldo and Kalinga natives.

"Dumaan siya ng Pasil, Lubuagan tapos tumakas siya papuntang Isabela, hindi alam ng marami na malaki ang naitulong ng mga taga-Kalinga sa kanya kasi for seventy two days dito siya natulog at kumain, free lahat," he said.

Saclag will continue to nurture and bequeath what he has learned from their elders to future generations.