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Official Poster 8th Sunrise Fest

By Lapu-Lapu Maharlika

THE 8TH SUNRISE FESTIVAL WITH THE THEME: ILOILO BUGAL KO, KULTURA KO, DUNGOG KO was celebrated on November 25-27 in Iloilo City. The festival began with the Butlak Photo Exhibit at Amigo Hotel on Nov. 16, 2011. This was organized by the president of the Association of Iloilo Photographers (AIP) Mr. Ramon “Sukhavdeva” Tenia Jr.

Followed by a Digital Art Exhibit at SM Malls and Fashionably Loud at Robinson Malls, the 8th MAWF festival showcased Indigenous Fashion Wear. In collaboration with the Provincial Tourism,  thousands witness the events. Live music was provided by Maharlikang Bahandi Ethno.

Florence Cinco

Also featured was Aum Duena art workds dubbed as the “Sunshine Girl” of Iloilo. Her works displayed at the front gate of Robinson Malls her paintings attracted people from different walks of life. Aum Duenas was only five year-old when she first exhibited her paintings at the launching of the 1st Sunrise Festival in Cebu City in 2004.

The Opening Ceremony of the Visual Art exhibit in Robinson Malls was participated by artist from all over the Region. It was curated the Pinoy Icon PG “Pranakrsna” Zoluaga.  The Visual Art Exhibit at the 8th Sunrise Festival is the biggest gathering of visual artists in the Western Visayas Region. The art exhibited more than 300 art works to promote MAHARLIKA as the THE NATIVE NAME OF THE PHILIPPINES. Thousands of people visited the Art Exhibit that lasted for seven days.

Terry Flores on the Butlak Art Exhibit

Around 150 delegates and representatives from all over country arrived on Nov. 24, 2011. They came as far as Davao City, Manila City, Caloocan City, Quezon City, Laguna, Pampanga, Bacolod City, Kalibo, Boracay, Cebu City, Calbayog City, Tacloban City, Nueva Ecija, Baguio City, Bicol, Tarlac and Maharlika volunteers stationed from Palawan and other parts of the country. Foreign guests from London, Czech Republic, Australia, Italy, India, America, Sweden, Canada and New Zealand also arrived that day.

Delegates and guests were hosted by the Provincial Government in Iloilo Sports Complex Covered Gym in a full air-conditioned rooms. Honorable Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. thru the Provincial Government sponsored the accommodation and food of the delegates and participants. Vegetarian food were serve through out the three – day festival.
On the first Day of the Festival proper, Nov. 25, 2011, MAWF organizers and delegates assembled in Iloilo Sports Complex Covered Gym with the participation of the West Visayas State University, University of the Philippines in the Visayas and St. Paul University, Central Philippine University (CPU) and other NGOs and groups such as the Federation of Panay Bastoneros, Maharlika Social Service Volunters and Ang KaSaMa Cadres, etc. MAWF started the 2 kms march/parade down to the Capitol (Governor’s Office).

MAWF President Momo Dalisay

It was roughly estimated that thousands have join the parade, mainly students, youths, artists, GOs , NGOs and the Private Sectors. The march spearheaded by MAWF was organized as follows: The mobile patrol and the police motor cycles on the front, the cadets and reserve officers of WVSU as Marshalls followed by a huge streamers : MAHARLIKA THE NATIVE NAME OF THE PHILLIPINES, then the AKSM (Ang KaSaMa) Flags and Cadres , foreign delegates, the Hari Krsna delegates, then the Federation of Panay Bastoneros, Battalion of ROTC (Reserve Officers) from WVSU, followed by other schools mainly elementary, high schools, Colleges and Universities, NGos. Etc.

At the Opening Ceremony, the MAWF President Momo Dalisay welcomed the local, national and international guests and delegates. An Aeta (Aborigine) from the island of Guimaras conducted the NationaL Anthem and Invocation followed by the performances of Panay Bukidnon Tribe. City Mayor Ted Mabilog delivered an inspiring speech.

Maestro Heber Bartolome sing his masterpiece “Tayo’y Maharlikans” and Joyshna and Kavita sing the song “I Love “This Tiny Green Island.” There were courageous and cultural performances from the Batoneros (Arnis) Federation of Panay headed by Art “Ananta” Guanes.

Massive Wall Size Paintings

Photojournalist and Executive Director of the 8th Sunrise Festival Guijo “Gagandeva” Duenas discussed the 8th Sunrise Festival program.

The Governor formally opened the 8th Sunrise Festival and finally Dada Sumitananda, a monk from Ananda Marga concluded the Opening Ceremony with a spiritual flavor reminding the role of the artists in the society by pointing out that “Art is for Service and Blessedness.”

Museo IloIlo

Throughout the three-day festivity there were simultaneous interactive workshops on film making by Kidlat Tahimik at Central Philippine University, Allan Cabalfin film making workshop and lecture at the West Visayan State University, Lecture on Kapwa Psychology by Katrin de Guia at Iloilo Sports Complex Covered Gym, MAWF power point presentation in the University of the Philippines by Mawf National Coordinator, Wrtings and Poetry by Rex Hidalgo and Atty. Malini and Waray Arts and Literature by Dr. Victor Sugbo and Professor Dulce Cuna at the Session Hall of the office of the Vice Governor .

8th MAWF Press Conference

One of the main highlights of the festival was the chalk mural painting along the 2.5 kilometers Trenas Boulevard. Around 1000 children participated from 20 schools in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd). A total of 120 volunteers supported this event from the University of the Philiippines in the Visayas, West Visayas University and St. Paul University.

The Cultural nights was highlighted by Banyuhay ni Heber and the Philippine Cultural Workers Society (PCWS)headed by Ms. Fely Reviera. The night events was participated by the Philippine National Police Band from Iloilo, Viplava from Manila with band leader Jess Gayatao, Anak Kalinaw of Davao City headed by Cecille Villarente, Artists from Boracay and Kalibo, the newly organized Waray Tupong Samaj, Worshopper ni Heber, Usbong Band with Mel ‘Maheshvar” Araneta and the Maligno group from Bacolod, the Hari Krsna or ISKCON cultural group coming from Manila, the Aetas from Guimaras , the Panay Bukidnon Tribes, the local bands and musicians of Iloilo City and Maestro Ysagani “Yatu” Ybarra.

THE HONOUR OF MAHARLIKA AWARD trophy (crafted and donated by Florence Cinco) was awarded to the Sunrise Child of the Year, Posthumous Award to artist Donde Ledesma, Mayor Sebastian Serag for Ilonggo Literature, Posthumous Timoteo Jumayao for Sculpture and to Guijo Duenas as “Executive Director thru the Years”.

On the final day, Nov 27th morning, artists and spiritualists welcomed the Rising of the Sun from the Eastern Horizon with the chanting of BABANAM KEVALAM and gracefully ended up with meditation.


MAWF is equally grateful to the Philippine National Police (PNP), to the Honorable Governor and Vice Governor Richard Garin for donating 200 fruit bearing seedlings and P20,000 to TAGA ATON SAMAJ Farm in Sta. New Lucena, Iloilo.

More Art Works

A heartfelt gratitude to sister Liilavati for allowing us to utilize her truck and vehicle for the event’s mobilization. MAWF is thankful to the EMCEEs from GMA TV NET, to Terry Flores, and Momo Dalisay.

To Freddie Doce, Momo Dalisat and Carlos Bayani for jointly organizing at least 60 local bands.

A heartfelt gratitude to Bro. Abhijiit Monilla and to our kitchen staffs from Sta. Barabara and San Joaquin, Lawigan for taking care of the kitchen (food) which is one of the main ingredients of this success!

MAWF EXTEND ITS SINCERE AKNOWLEDGEMENT ON THE UNWAVERING EFFORTS OF OUR Secretariat: Bros Ragendra (Province of Antique) and Charanjiit (Dumaguete City).

TO THE MSSV VOLUNTEERS FROM LUZON: Nityam, Gopesh, Krsnadeva, Harideva, Purusa, Ganesh, Amrita and Muktishvar.

MAWF Interview

To MAWF Official Documentation Committee Head, Haresh Tanodra and to Proutist Univesal (Manila)representative Ismael “Ishvar” Delarosa and to Jun Del Cano Jr (Jagapal) in facilitating and mobilizing the volunteers from Luzon to the 8th Sunfest in Iloilo City.

MAWf highly acknowledge the presence of Ananda Marga Acharyas: Dada Sumitananda, Dada Dharmavedananda, Dada Atmacetananda, Dada Devapriyananda, Dada Ratnendrananda, Dada Lokamitrananda, Didi Anandashubra, Dada Chandrakantha Brc Dada Pratul Brc. and to the Moral support of Dada Anishananda and Dada Sarvabodhananda.

To The Margis from Iloilo, Cebu and Davao for their inspiration and encouragement: Maetriya. Subinaya, Jai, Jayendra, Chandra, Jaykrsna, Citprakash, Mahesh, Nirguna, Shivanath, Caetanya, Karun, Jyotirmaya, Sukhadeva, Pranav, Rasaraj, Arjun, Visnudeva, Ishvar, Malini, Jivaprema, Krpadevi, Devanath, Indrani, Savitri, Mira, Anuraga, Dipali, Radhika, Liilavati and Shivani .

Art Exhibit

Most of All to the dedication of the Organizing Committee headed by the Executive Director of the 8th Sunrise Festival Guijo Duenas, Momo Dalisay Terry Flores, Freedie Doce, Reniel Sarmiento, Rex Hidalgo, Ipel Duenas and Deo Palma.

Finally, Ang KaSaMa President Lt. Col. Ipel Duenas and MAWF Cadres welcomed the Global Rep. of Proutist Universal from Copenhagen Mr. Troed Overland of Sweden for conducting interviews on the effort of propagating the applied side of PROUT (Progressive Utilization Theory propounded by P.R. Sarkar in 1959) with the Samaj Leaders (Proutist in Action) in MAHARLIKA.

Lt. Col Ipel Duenas

Momo Dalisay

Rex Hidalgo

Edwin Monilla

Prem Doce

Terry Flores

Florence Cinco

Sonny Bugnosen

Rogel Marzan

Joel Belinan

Indrani Ruiz

Rolando Serilo


*Reposted with the permission of Lapu-Lapu Maharlika.


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Reminiscing the 7th Sunrise Fest! and Hey! the 8th Sunrise Fest is here!

The  8th Maharlika Artists and Writers Federation (MAWF) Sunrise Festival will be celebrated in the Province of IloIlo. I’m sure the national coordinating council and local organizers are preparing for the best Sunrise Festival to date.  I expect more ethnic vibes, positive thoughts, spirituality and creativity flourishing in the horizon.  With our Ilonggo brothers taking the lead, the BUTLAK celebration will, like the previous Sunrises, again capture our soaring imaginations and like wildfires ignite the supramental and subliminal layers of our mind.   I offer my positive vibes and good intentions to all the organizers of the 8th MAWF Sunrise Fest IloIlo!

But before I write more on the 8th Sunrise fest, allow me to write a couple of notes on the 7th Sunrise Fest.

The 7th Sunrise Festival dubbed as Ylocosining: Hidden Treasures of the North was celebrated in the province of Ilocos Norte last year. From Nov. 24-28,   the fest was staged in five different venues  namely the municipalities of Badoc, San Nicolas, Pagudpud and the cities of Laoag and Batac.

The fest partnered with more or less 50 organizations (local, national and international).

Positively endorsed by the Regional Development Council and the National Economic Development Authority of Region 1,  the provinces of La Union, Pangasinan and Ilocos Sur  supported the holding of the festival in the Ilocos region. Similarly, the Regional Department of Tourism and Department of Environment and Natural Resources endorsed the same to the Local Government Units.

Governor Imee Marcos. 2010

The 7th Sunrise festival partnered with Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, the Provincial Tourism Office then headed by Mr. Jogie Jimenez and the Ilocos Norte Investment Center. The Laoag City Tourism Development Council headed by Hon. Chevylee Farinas and Mayor Michael Farinas of the City Government of Laoag provided substantial assistance to the success of the five-day arts and music festival.

Mayor Jeffrey Jubal Nalupta of the City of Batac, Mayor Arlene Torralba and Vice-Mayor Tom Torralba of the municipality of Badoc, Mayor Alfredo Valdez Jr. of the Municipality of San Nicolas and Mayor Matilda Sales of the municipality of Pagudpud  lend a hand by sponsoring events in their respective ‘municipios’ and hosted the 400 creatives- festival participants.

Higher Education Institutions like Northwestern University, Divine Word of College of Laoag, Northern Christian College and Mariano Marcos State University, the University of Northern Phillipines also extended significant support  and sponsored university based, school arts, music and dance workshops.

Sunrise Festival Launch at the Juan Luna Shrine, Badoc . Photo by Raul Roco Jr. 2010

The Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur headed by Governor Luis Chavit Singson, a former National Security Adviser, Governor Amado Espino Jr. of the Provincial Government of Pangasinan and Governor Teodoro Baguilat Jr. of the Provincial Government of Ifugao supported the 7th Sunrise Fest by sending a combined delegation of 150 artists, cultural workers, professors, students and tourism officers. The Provincial Government of Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya and Cagayan initially confirmed their participation by sending a minimum of 60 delegates per province but later cancelled due to the Typhoon Pepeng aftermath.

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts sponsored Palawan based artists. The Office of Congresswoman and former First Lady Imelda Marcos also supported the event. The support of the municipal government of Paoay through Mayor Bonifacio Clemente Jr. was also considerable.

The Mariano Marcos State University, a premier agricultural and development center institution of the North hosted the Poetry Night and sponsored the sleeping quarters of delegates coming from the Province of Ifugao and Baguio City

Non-government organizations such as the SILNAG Arts Guild and  The Ilocandia Photographic Society helped us in the visual arts and photography exhibit at the Laoag City Auditorium.

Katribu ng Palawan at the Sunrise Festival Art Exhibit Launch at the Laoag City Auditorium. Photo by Janet Balbarona 2010

The local media’s participation like DZJC Aksyon Radyo, DWFB Radyo ng Bayan, Bombo Radyo, DZEA a catholic mass media production, Ilocos Times and TV Patrol Ilocos, a local ABS-CBN news and NBN News team was magnificent.  Northern Spin Productions sponsored the Sunrise festival media mileage.

The Provincial, City and Municipal Philippine National Police provided police assistance and security participants and delegates for five days in different events and venues.

Fire trucks and fireman were also stationed for  the evening events. First aid assistance and security escorts were also provided by the Department of Public Safety of the City Government of Laoag and Provincial Philippine National Police.

The Ananda Marga Yoga Society and International Society for Krishna Consciousness and the MUSIKA group rendered substantial contribution, volunteers to the 7th Sunrise Festival.

Building up by the day, a total of 2, 700 artists and writers consisting of musicians, visual artists, tourism officers, professors, students, spiritualists, free lance writers, poets, book writers, photographers, bloggers, children artists, event organizers, teachers, local government officials, civil servants and government employees,etc. participated in the event.  Not to mention, the participation of the public and the Ilocanos.

Glasspoint at the Sunrise Festival rockin' it out with the Pito and Tambolero of INNHS School for the Arts. Ilocos Norte. Photo by Sherry Jane De Lira

Sunrise after Sunrise

The festival was launched at the Juan Luna Museum, the birthplace of the Greatest Maharlikan visual artist and painter Juan Luna at the Juan Luna Museum.

Followed by a music workshop in the afternoon at the World Peace Center of the City of Batac. A brief tour in the municipality of Paoay, cities of Batac, Badoc and Laoag in the afternoon was arranged.

In the evening of November 24, the Center for Iluko Studies of the Mariano Marcos State University hosted the Ylocosining Poetry and Literature Night. The poetry night had a lot of notable Ilocano poets, politicians, guests and visitors.

Children Street Art Ilocos. More than 2,500 Children participated. Ilocos Norte 2010. Kawangis ng Tribu ng Palawan Photo. 2010

At dawn, an ephemeral art exhibit at the Padsan River was held. Burning hundreds of coconut lights, the artists demonstrated the festival of Light or “Laoag” (meaning “bright light”) . A local ABS-CBN news crew and local photographers came to document the event on November 25.

On the same day, the Saringit Visual Arts and Photography Exhibit was launched at the Laoag City Auditorium. There were more or less 70 visual artists, sculptures and photographers all over the country exhibiting in the event. Laoag City Vice-Mayor Eddie Domingo and City Administrator Perry Martinez of the City Government of Laoag represented Mayor Michael V. Farinas as the MAWF and TIPS group and other guests opened the exhibit.

In the afternoon, a workshop on djembe and world music and inner and creative dance were held simultaneously in two different venues, namely the Ilocos Norte National High School School for the Arts and the Divine Word College of Laoag.

Ephemeral Art Exhibit at the Padsan River. Festival of Light at the Sunshine City. Photo by Alaric Yanos 2010.

The workshop was facilitated by the Pangalay Arts Circle, Pasta Groove for the Inner and Creative Dance and Kawangis ng Tribu for the Djembe World Music Workshop.  500 students, teachers, local musicians, mchoreographers attended the workshops.

In the evening, the Ylocosining Rock Night was staged at the the Batac Imelda Cultural Center. A total of 17 bands, solo performers and duos performed in the rock night. The event was graced by the mayor of the city Hon. Jeffrey Jubal Nalupta.

On November 26, a health and wellness lecture was facilitated by Dada Dharmavedananda at the Provincial Capitol Auditorium. The Provincial Government of Pangasinan and MAWF participants attended the lecture.

The Artists Prayer. Meditation in Pagudupud. Photo by Rama Candra Dasa 2010

In the evening, the Ylocosining Folk and Acoustic Music Night was held at the San Nicolas Old Plaza. Mayor Alfredo Valdez Jr., municipal mayor of San Nicolas graced the occasion by delivering a message. He brought with him the San Nicolas all Male Choir and rendered three Ilocano songs. Dada Dharmavedandanda Avadhuta gave the invocation. Ilocano hitmakers and folksingers also sang along with MUSIKA group folk singers and world musicians.

The Philippine Education and Theaters Arts Society of Laguna presented a short play that evening. The Ylocosining Folk and Acoustic Music Night was sponsored by the Municipal Government of San Nicolas.

On November 27 in cooperation with the Department of Education of the Province of Ilocos Norte and the City Government of Laoag 2,500 children ages 6-12 years old and teachers participated in the 1st BUNUBUN Children Street Art at the Rizal Street, Provincial Capitol Ilocos Norte.

Penpen at the Sunrise Acoustic Night in San Nicolas. Photo by Janet Balbarona 2010.

Countless suns were drawn in the national highway. The Provincial Superintendent Dr. Cecilia Aribuabo delivered a message and the Department of Education attended, together with MAWF facilitated the event.

Didi Ananda Shubrha gave a brief message on Neo-Humanist Education. Hundreds of Suns, massive children arts were displayed. The participating children and teachers also visited the Saringit Visual Arts Exhibit.

In the evening, the Ylocosining Singising Cultural Night was held at the Provincial Capitol Stage. Various artists, bands, solo performers, cultural group from Manila, Cebu, Iloilo, Davao, Pangasinan, Ifugao, Baguio, Ilocos Sur, Cebu, Ilocos Norte  among others performed. The Governor of Ilocos Norte Imee Marcos, the daughter of the late President Ferdinand Marcos was the Guest of Honor.

The awardees of the 7th Sunrise Festival were announced and received that evening. Ms. Judy Cruz, Nona Ganal, Jan Michael Laglit Tauro, Department of Education, Unitiima and the Sunrise Child of the Year were the awardees.

Sunrise Mural Painting at the Riverdike.

On November 28, the Sun Salutation meditation, a workshop on djembe and the 7th Sunrise Fest closing ceremonies was held in the municipality of Pagudpud.

Mayor Maja Sales of Pagudpud sponsored the event. In her absence, the Chairman of the Committee on Tourism of the Sangguniang Bayan of Pagudpud  and Harold Sadornas, municipal tourism officer represented the good mayor. Afterwhich, the participants ate, swam and enjoyed the serene beaches of Pagudpud.

The 7th Sunrise Festival Executive Director Shermon Cruz, Momo Dalisay and Deo Palama, President and National Coordinator of MAWF respectively thanked the participants for their sacrifices and support to the 7th Sunrise Festival, its sponsors, supporters and partners. The closing ceremony was covered by the local media.

Ms. Judy Cruz received the MAWF's Volunteer of the Year Award 2010.

Children Chalk Artworks. Children Street Art. 2010

Sunrise Festival Launch at the Birth Place of Juan Luna.

Playing and Dancing at the Saringit Art Exhibit Launch. Tonya Wyatt 2010.

Children Street Art! Ilocos Norte. 2010

Hare Krishna. Food For Life. Sunrise Fest. Janet Balbarona 2010

Sunrise Fest Djembe Workshop at DWCL. Katribu ng Palawan. Rama Candra Dasa. 2010

Children Street Art. Sunrise Fest. 2010

Mural Painting at the Laoag River Dike. 2010. Alaric Yanos.

Acarya Sumitananda Avadhuta welcomes the participants of the MAWF Sunrise Fest Poetry Night at the MMSU, Laoag. Photo by Christopher Gouache 2010.

Sunrise Rock Night at the City of Batac. Alaric Yanos. 2010

Hydrozephaluz. Alaric Yanos

Children Street Art

Sunrise Street Art in the Sunshine City of Laoag

Poetry Night at the Mariano Marcos State University. Photo by Christopher Gouache 2010.

The MAWF Organizers and Former First Lady and now Congresswoman Imelda Marcos.

Djembe Workshop at the Divine Word College of Laoag.

Closing Ceremonies and Photo ops in Pagudpud . 2011.

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