Tinig ng Babaylan featuring Grace Nono
Baylan Undin (Babaylan Elder from Mindanao)
January 19, 2013 / 9:00AM to 4:00 PM
3rd Floor, Bulwagang Tandang Sora
College of Social Work & Community Development (CSWCD)
University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City
Babaylan is a Visayan term which refers to an archetypal Filipino community leader (other Filipino archetypes include the datu and panday) who functions as the community’s religious leader and ritual expert, healer, culture-bearer as well as one having extensive theoretical and practical knowledge of nature and people. Historically, while the babaylan is often a woman, the role and functions of the babaylan are open to both males and females.
"I will share about the babaylan and other Philippine popular religion functionaries whom I have mingled with in the Philippines these past few years. I will particularly focus on their use of voice…”
~ Grace Nono
Baylan Undin (a Babaylan Elder from Mindanao) will do the Panawagtawag in which she will ask permission from her spirit helpers to participate in the Buhay Babaylan event.
GRACE NONO is a Philippine music artist who has been specializing both in the performance of Philippine oral chants in the Philippines and around the world these past fifteen years, and in the documentation of oral traditions for educational purposes. A graduate of the University of the Philippines-Diliman where she received her bachelors in Humanities and masters in Philippine Studies, as well as a PhD candidate in Ethnomusicology at New York University, she is author of The Shared Voice: Chanted and Spoken Narratives from the Philippines (ANVIL and Fundacion Santiago, 2008), and Song of the Babaylan: Living Voices, Medicines, Spiritualities of Philippine Ritualist-Oralist-Healers (Institute of Spirituality in Asia, “in press”). Grace is also the founding head to the Tao Foundation for Culture and Arts, a Philippine non-government organization engaged in cultural regeneration projects in Agusan, her birthplace, and in other parts of the Philippines. To date, Grace has been granted over forty awards including The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service (TOWNS), Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM), Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of the Philippines, National Book Award (for The Shared Voice), numerous Katha, Awit and Catholic Mass Media awards, for her music and cultural contributions.
LORDINA “UNDIN” POTENCIANO (Babaylan Elder) is a Manobo baylan based in La Paz, Agusan del Sur. She came to baylanhood after she was called and consecrated by spirits, led by her late grandmother. She had since been tasked to officiate during rituals where spirits chant and dance through her, and to heal the sick and help those in need, on a full-time basis. Undin is one of Grace Nono's chant teachers. She is also in Grace's book Song of the Babaylan.
ROBILYN COGUIT CANTO (Babaylan’s interpreter), Undin's niece, is a Manobo youth leader originally from La Paz, Agusan del Sur. She has participated in national youth festivals where she asserted the indigenous voice. She is also a master of traditional embroidery and beadwork, and has led her people through arts and crafts revitalization projects. Robilyn has been a member of the Tao Foundation for Culture and Arts that Grace Nono founded for many years now.
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