SoCot to unveil marker for late Blaan master weaver

SoCot to unveil marker for late Blaan master weaver

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – The provincial government of South Cotabato will unveil next month a commemorative marker as tribute to the late Gawad Manlilikha ng Bayan (Gamaba) awardee Fu Yabing Masalon Dulo in Polomolok town.

Annaliz Cabrido, culture and arts coordinator of the Arts, Culture and Museum unit, said on Wednesday the preparations are underway for the installation and opening of the marker in Dulo’s residence in Sitio Amgu-o, Barangay Landan.

She said it will be unveiled on Aug. 7, a day before the birthday of the famed traditional master weaver, who died last January 26 at the age of 106.

“The commemorative marker serves as a fitting tribute and recognition of Dulo’s legacy in promoting and immortalizing the mabal tabih or ikat weaving and dyeing of the Blaan tribe in the province,” she said in a statement.

Cabrido said the unveiling was initially scheduled during the National Heritage Month celebration last May but it was postponed due to the surge of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the area.

The provincial government has continuously supported the Blaan Weaving School of Living Tradition in Sitio Amgu-o, which was founded by Dulo and served as its cultural master for many years.

Dulo died due to complications caused by her advanced age and laid to rest near her residence on Feb. 10.

The funeral rites, facilitated by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, befitted a national artist, such as the military 21-gun salute and a personal message from President Rodrigo Duterte.

Fu Yabing, as she was fondly called in their community, had been recognized by the national government “for her commitment to the safeguarding and promotion” of the indigenous ikat weaving.

She was among the three traditional weavers from Mindanao who were declared as “national living treasures” and conferred with the Gamaba award for 2016 through Proclamation 126 issued on January 6, 2017, by President Duterte. (PNA

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