Creative communities undoubtedly strum the chords of our national identity and our humanity. The profound relevance of creative industries to science and technology highlights the context of inclusive growth, sustainable industries, and cultural preservation.

Funded by the DOST’s National Research Council of the Philippines (DOST-NRCP), Palawanos’ Music, Songs and Dances was featured at the Regional Basic Research Caravan in partnership with DOST- MIMAROPA last May 18, 2022. It is a research-based film project by Dr. José S. Buenconsejo, a Regular Member of DOST-NRCP Division of Humanities and a faculty of the UP College of Music. The research captures the state of Filipino traditional music and dance in areas at the “margins” of the country and looks into Filipino innovation through the performing arts. It touches on the social functions of music as it conveys meaning beyond the produced sounds. Through efforts like this, it is amplified that science distinguishes itself as being an enabler allowing one to create and transform expressions or tools in expressions of one’s creativity and artistry.1

In photo: Dr. Jose S. Buenconsejo, Regular Member, NRCP Division of Humanities

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In photo: Dr. Jose S. Buenconsejo (left), researcher and Mr. Joselito A. Carteciano (right), host, NRCP

“If music is language, then my interpretation is in the domain of music pragmatics, in an area of inquiry where the questions of how music is used in society and how they articulate social values are pursued.”, conveyed Dr. Buenconsejo during the discussion. He further added that music helps to define who we are, creating our communal self-identity.

The research interprets Pala'wan traditional music and dance, not as ideas pointing to names and terms in culture for rote memorization in the classrooms, but in the realm of conceptual learning, i.e., to understand music as an active symbolization of actions that have impacted on how a culture is produced and sustained.

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In photo: Snapshot of Dr. Buenconsejo’s film titled, “Sound Tenderness Music of the Non-violent Palawanun Society in Southern Philippines”

The event concluded as Dr. Marieta Bañez-Sumagaysay, Executive Director of NRCP expressed her gratitude to researchers like Dr. Buenconsejo for his passion to heighten appreciation of Filipino indigenous culture and to surface the value of ‘bayanihan’ through music that shapes lives and daily relationships between men and women in Palawan.

The 5th of the 17 Regional Basic Research Caravan laps will be streamed on May 25, 2022, via Zoom. https://bit.ly/caravan9, in cooperation with DOST Regional Office IX. It will feature the research results of the NRCP-funded project, “Investigation of Potential Paleo-Tsunami Deposits in Western Philippines and their Implications for Large-Magnitude Offshore Earthquakes.”