Monday, March 24, 2008

Bequest revives a historical myth?

Legendary Barter of Panay retold in animated short film at SM City

What is the connection of the legendary Barter of Panay in the origin of
Iloilo City’s world-famous cultural event?
Though many historians argued the validity and existence of the legendary Barter of Panay in 13th century, they cannot deny the fact that it has already carved a lasting legacy in the minds of the Ilonggos for many generations. PanayThe mutual respect and friendship that existed between the 10 Bornean Datus headed by Datu Puti and the Aetas headed by Marikudo inhabiting the island is a significant tale that unveiled the origin of the people of eight centuries ago.
Sinugbuhan Iloilo) safely. The Borneans were warmly accepted by Aeta chief, Marikudo and his people. According to the legend, the 10 Bornean Datus represented by their spokesperson, Datu Puti is searching for a free land to escape the tyranny of Bornean ruler, Datu Makatunaw. Secretly fleeing in vast number of followers using their “balangays” (huge boat), they arrived in the shore of (San Joaquin,
To show friendship and peace, the Aetas entertained the Borneans with their festival dance called “Ati-atihan” in the middle of a sumptuous feast after the natives were pleased by their gifts. The bonding convinced Datu Puti to barter his prized possessions such as golden “Saduk” (broad brimmed hat) and golden basin in exchange for the lowlands of PanayManiwantiwan, Marikudo’s wife received a long gold necklace from Pinangpangan, wife of Datu Puti to conclude the greatest barter of all time.As agreed in the barter, the Aetas fled the lowland and live in the mountains. The Borneans divided the Island among the Datus to rule that led to the establishment of the present Iloilo, Aklan, Capiz and Antique provinces.
Many generations have passed but the legendary Barter of Panay continued to survive through oral history and became a living proof of our vast cultural heritage. The significant story also became the historical basis of the origin and establishment of Aklan’s world-famous Ati-atihan Festival every January.
But to clarify the misconception between Dinagyang Festival and Ati-atihan, the legendary “Barter of Panay” will become a key, an important pillar and a piece of puzzle to reveal the true origin of Iloilo City’s most-revered tourism gem artistically unveiled in its first animated short film entitled “The BEQUEST: Origin of Dinagyang”.
Western Visayas College of Science and Technology and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority trained group of 2D animators, Kuris and Ilonggohit animators embarked in a monumental project to create a breakthrough animated short film scheduled for a one-night screening at SM Cinema 7 on January 25 at 7PM. But before The BEQUEST screening, a weeklong animation exhibit uniquely entitled “Dinagynamation” is scheduled at the lower ground floor of SM City Iloilo from January 14-20. Mall goers will have a chance to see first hand the artistic works, meet the animators and take a glimpse of the making of the first animation short film of Dinagyang Festival.
Definitely, SM City Iloilo, the region’s ultimate shopping and entertainment landmark is the only mall capable of holding the biggest animation event this Dinagyang season.
The event is proudly presented by Western Visayas College of Science and Technology, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation, Inc., SM City Iloilo, SM Cinema, The Daily Guardian, Deco’s Batchoy and GMA TV-6. Co-presented by Mang Inasal, Crest Spa Aroma, Waffle Time, Iloilo Producer’s Association, Coffebreak, and Crest Salon. Minor sponsors includes Salog Spa, Panorama Printing Press, Crest Café, Nuat Thai Spa and Ciao! Pizza and Pasta Station.

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