Palawan’s IPs celebrate ‘good harvest’ with Mass

Palawan’s IPs celebrate ‘good harvest’ with Mass

Children from the indigenous groups gave symbolic offerings during a Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Joseph Arvi Hernandez of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Brookes Point, Palawan. SR. MAE JUANITAS, AMP

By Katya A. Santos

Oct. 24, 2018

Puerto Princesa City, Palawan

Three major ethnic groups in Palawan gathered from Oct. 13 to 14 in thanksgiving for a good harvest, notably by celebrating the Holy Mass.

In a Holy Mass presided over by Fr. Joseph Arvi Hernandez, indigenous peoples (IPs) made symbolic offerings as a show of gratitude for their good harvest.

With a theme, “Indigenous Leadership: A Gift and Task from God,” IPs comprising Batak, Tagbanua, and Pala’wan, including IP advocates, gathered in Brookes Point, Palawan. The Vicariate of Puerto Princesa through the Augustinian Missionaries organized the two-day celebration

“We celebrate with our IPs brothers. They conducted a ritual for the rice wine called Tinapoy in Pala’wan and Tabad for Tagbanua,” said Sr. Mae Juanitas, explaining that October is a time to celebrate the harvest season.

Traditional dances, games and gift-giving activities were conducted to celebrate the IP month with not less than 360 participants and supporters from Puerto Princesa and South Palawan.

Augustinian Missionaries of the Philippines, IPs Mission have been hosting the IP month celebration in Southern Palawan since 2003.

The Philippine government declared October as Indigenous Peoples’ Month, while the CBCP declared every second Sunday of October as IP Sunday.