New season of Loren Legarda’s “Dayaw” puts spotlight on Filipino games, sports, and dance

The award-winning documentary series “Dayaw” continues it mission of promoting Filipino indigenous culture and heritage as it airs its eleventh season on ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel, this August.

Since it first aired in 2015, DAYAW has faithfully documented the lifeways, traditions, practices and cultures of our different indigenous peoples through stories told by its host, three-term senator, and now House deputy speaker and Antique congresswoman, Loren Legarda.

Legarda was also the one who conceptualized the program and partnering with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA)

“It has always been Dayaw’s mission to document as many aspects of Filipino culture and knowledge systems as possible. We can only save these from extinction by continuing to instill their importance in the younger generation, and let them practice and learn these treasures. With the theme “Kakaibang Sigla,” Dayaw Season 11 allows us to look at the different ways in which our energy, competitiveness and sportsmanship are mainstreamed in the traditional societies and knowledge systems,” Loren said. 

After featuring traditional Filipino children’s games such as patintero, sipa, and luksong tinik in the first episode, followed by a two-part special on the Punnuk, a show of physical strength that ends the Ifugao’s harvest season, “Dayaw” Season 11 will then focus on Filipino martial arts such as arnis, silat, and eskrima in its next two episodes, starting on Thursday (August 26), 6pm on ANC and the ANC Facebook.

The season will wrap up on September 3 with “Sayawang Pinoy,” an episode highlighting how grace and fluidity of movements of Filipinos express our energy, discipline and joy as a people.

Despite the pandemic, “Dayaw” has been able to launch new seasons, with Season 12 already in the works. Titled “KAKA-IBANG SIGLA: Our Vital Energy Part 2,” it will explore love, courtship, marriage, and the cycles of life featuring the Gaddang, Tboli, and Sama Dilaut.

“We are fortunate to have shot a treasure trove of material before the pandemic began.  This has enabled us to go on with our mission of telling the stories of our indigenous peoples so that future generations may still be able to appreciate and continue their legacy,” said ANC chief operating officer Nadia Trinidad.

NCCA chair Arsenio “Nick” Lizaso expressed his gratitude to former Senator Legarda and ANC for their part in bringing our indigenous people’s knowledge and heritage closer to Filipino and even foreign viewers.

“I would like to commend Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda for her vision and commitment to preserve, promote and enrich our culture and heritage, and to ANC for translating that vision into an exemplary body of work,” he said.

At the online media conference held yesterday the former senator said she wanted to feature Whang-Od once again, saying that Nas Daily had been unfair to the Philippines living treasure. (SOURCE)

“Whang-Od is the only remaining or the oldest mambabatok tattoo artist and the so-called or alleged misappropriation by a popular social media star Nas Daily and putting a Nas Academy on mambabatok for only P750? Ano ba? So, I’d like to go back to Whang-Od and feature the Kalinga community,” Loren said. 

“Hindi ganoon dapat ang pagtrato natin sa mga mambabatok at pati na rin sa mga katutubo. Gusto kong gawin na bigyan ng financial help. Alam ko, meron na eh. There’s a trust fund for them. Hindi dapat na tinatanghal natin ang kanilang kultura pagkatapos ay sila ay namamatay sa COVID ng walang assistance,” she added. 

The former broadcaster also said that the government should show more appreciation toward traditional artists.

“Sana they don’t need to beg. They should be equipped. We respect and appreciate their culture, but they are so poor up to now. Hindi pwede ‘yan. I know NCCA (National Commission for Culture and the Arts) has funds for them and it should increase. We should show more appreciation for our traditional artists,” she said. 

“Dayaw” Season 11 airs every Thursday at 6 pm on ANC on cable and the ANC Facebook page. For news, follow @ANCalerts on Facebook and Twitter or visit online or via the ABS-CBN News App. Watch ANC online via iWantTFC. For updates, follow @ABSCBNPR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok, or visit

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