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.
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.
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).
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.
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.”
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 .
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.
The MAWF organizers is thankful to the Provincial Government, City Government, Department of Tourism, Department of Education, ABS/CBN TV NET, GMA TV NET, BOMBO RADYO AND OTHER BROADCAST AND PRINTED MEDIA AND TO ALL THE ARTISTS WHO JOINED AND VOLUNTARILY SHARES THEIR TALENTS, TO THE MAHARLIKA SOCIAL SERVICE VOLUNTEERS (MSSV), CADRES OF PARTIDO MAHARLIKA AND THE VOLUNTEERS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES, WESTERN VISAYAS STATE UNIVERSITY AND ST. PAUL UNIVERSITY. TO THE JARDIOLIN BROTHERS WHO DONATED SIX SACKS OF RICE AND LAST BUT NOT THE LEAST TO RESIDENCE HOTEL.
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.
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.
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 .
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
*Reposted with the permission of Lapu-Lapu Maharlika.