South Cotabato has three (3) new national living treasures, Gawad Manlilikha ng Bayan awardees

South Cotabato is celebrating the recognition of three of its esteemed folk artists who have been named Gawad Manlilikha ng Bayan (GAMABA) or National Living Treasures. The honor was bestowed upon them through Proclamation No. 427, signed on December 15, 2023, by Executive Secretary Lucas P. Bersamin, acting on the authority of President Ferdinand R. Marcos.

The three distinguished awardees are all from the Municipality of Lake Sebu namely, Boi Rosie Sula for Lingon or chanting, Boi Barbara Ofong for Tnalak Weaving, and Datu Bundos Fara for Brasscasting.

In a social media post, South Cotabato Governor Reynaldo Tamayo Jr. proudly shared the good news, expressing his delight in announcing that three out of the nine new GAMABA awardees hail from the province.

GAMABA is the highest honor given to a Filipino in recognition of their outstanding contributions as traditional bearers of the country's rich cultural heritage. Governor Tamayo lauded the awardees for their exceptional skills and dedication to preserving and promoting traditional art forms.

He stated, "Congratulations, kayo ay tunay na ating ipinagmamalaki!"

The Gawad Manlilikha ng Bayan is a prestigious recognition that highlights the significance of traditional arts and crafts in the Philippines. The award pays tribute to individuals who have made exemplary efforts to ensure the continuity and vitality of traditional Filipino culture and heritage. The province of South Cotabato takes pride in the artistic and cultural contributions of Boi Rosie Sula, Boi Barbara Ofong, and Datu Bundos Fara, who now join the esteemed roster of GAMABA awardees.

Other GAMABA awardees from South Cotabato were the late Boi Lang Dulay for Tnalak Weaving and the late Fu Yabing for Mabal Tabih Weaving.

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