An ordinance prohibiting the use of non-authentic props and accessories in the performance of cultural dances in any public theatrical play depicting indigenous cultural communities (ICCs) in Palawan was filed at the Provincial Board on Tuesday.
Provincial Indigenous People Mandatory Representative (IPMR) Joel Lumis Jr. said during his sponsorship speech that the authenticity of the culture and traditions of ICCs in Palawan should be preserved and secured from inappropriate alterations.
“Yong mga cultural dance kasi hindi tama ang mga kasuotan nila kung ganoon kaya ang gusto sana natin ay maging original lahat ng ginagamit nila,” he said.
Lumis said that it will show respect and protection of the indigenous people’s culture, tradition, and literature as tribal communities considered sacred the props using in performances.
“Napakahalaga sa kultura namin na mga katutubo ang mga sinusuot sa tuwing may mga ipiniperform,” Lumis added.
The following activities are prohibited from using non-authentic accessories: dance competition; dance recitals specifically displayed publicly; theatrical play portraying IP culture; and film or video recording performing indigent dances provided that it is being uploaded on social media sites.
First offense is P2,000, second offense is P3,000 and third offense is P5,000.
The proposed ordinance has been referred to the committee on tourism and cultural heritage for deliberation.