Saturday, August 18, 2007

Featuring "Kesu"









Finally, the Probe Team Documentaries goes to Kalinga to meet with folk artist Alonzo Saclag. Saclag known to his students as “Kesu” is a Kalinga master of dance and performing arts. Growing up in Lubuagan, Kalinga, the third capital of revolutionary government of the Philippines, instilled in him a sense of nationalist pride about his ethnic Kalinga heritage. In 1974, he single-handedly formed the Kalinga Budong Dance Troupe. The group has so far won 5 national folk dancing awards since its formation. Ultimately he dreams of building an ethnic village -- a living museum and a thriving testament to the uniqueness of Kalinga culture. JM Cobarrubias puts on the traditional Kalinga garb and learns the dances of the Kalinga.

12 comments:

Langfia Ayeona said...

Beautiful "Kesu". Respect for a man like Antonio Saclag. Wish we have many men like him in our villages.

Daniel said...

Thank you Antonio Saclag for making me even prouder of my roots and my culture.

Layad said...

Thank you for posting the video. Kesu is an inspiration. May his tribe increase!

Bugan said...

Wow, what a remarkable man! We need to know more stories of this kind. Keep on posting:-)

arcibald said...

salamat. never had the opportunity to see this in tv and i've been longing to see our cultural heritage promoted and recognized.

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Anonymous said...

my name is Dominador Saclag and I grew up here in Manila, all my life i only knew that my ancestor are from Bicol, Albay.My father is Eduardo Bongay Saclag, a retired Q.C. Police officer now a barangay captain in Apud Libon, Albay.His key programs are promoting the kind of kind of life of our kababayan thru cleanliness,promoting arts and culture, empowering christian religion, anf creating job.I was amazed upon knowing that there is a man named Antonio Saclag from kalinga, for me who is a national artist, who is very popular and very nationalistic and inspiring a lot of people in promoting our cultural heritage.Eventhough we dont really knew each other i am so very proud for being a Filipino as well as beng Saclag.I love planting, in fact i have a lot of bonsai,i care for environment, i love poetry, i love arts as well as dancing, i can sing.I wish i could go to kalinga to trace the roots of saclag there and understand their ways.maybe if that time will come i will realize then that all my interest in preserving our culture, arts, and environment runs in the blood, in the blood of Saclag clan. More power Kesu. Keep pomoting our filipino heritage and be recognized worldwide.

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Anonymous said...

to all your comments on my grand father's patriotism deeds more particularly with regards to our culture, THANK YOU SO MUCH! my lolo is really a great and a remarkable man. a multi-talented person in the field of music and arts.. and i am really honored and so much greatfull for having the privileged of being one among his grandchildren.. to you "papa", you really deserved to be a National Artist and am so proud of you.
and by the way, correction please, my lolo's name is actually ALONSO B. SACLAG and not Antonio.

Bokiks said...

to all your comments on my grand father's patriotism deeds more particularly with regards to our culture, THANK YOU SO MUCH! my lolo is really a great and a remarkable man. a multi-talented person in the field of music and arts.. and i am really honored and so much greatfull for having the privileged of being one among his grandchildren.. to you "papa", you really deserved to be a National Artist and am so proud of you.
and by the way, correction please, my lolo's name is actually ALONSO B. SACLAG and not Antonio.

Anonymous said...

Very Interesting!
Thank You!