Full-length Documentary on Preservation of Endangered Cultural Heritage
PREMIERE ON THE OCCASION OF CINEMALAYA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL, 04 AUG 2014
12:45 pm at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Little Theater
with dance performance by the AlunAlun Dance Circle after the screening
Produced by LotusBlaze with AlunAlunDance Circle (ADC), with assistance from NCCA, Ateneo de Manila, Provincial Government of Tawi-Tawi and friends of LotusBlaze and ADC.
The vanishing arts and culture of the indigenous peoples of the Sulu Archipelago (Samal, Badjao, Jama Mapun and Tausug) have been documented by Ligaya Fernando-Amilbangsa, a Christian who fell in love with a Muslim closely related to the Sultanate of Sulu. In 1964, against her mother’s wishes, Ligaya married Datu Punjungan Amilbangsa, the younger brother of Sultan Mohammad Amirul Ombra Amilbangsa—the last reigning sultan of Sulu. As fate would have it, the marriage became the fulfillment of Ligaya Amilbangsa’s life mission. By living in Sulu Archipelago for over three decades, she was able to record the performing arts, visual arts and other traditions that are now endangered intangible cultural heritage.