Showcase for exceptional achievement in indigenous crafts and arts

/ 12:30 AM January 18, 2018

Sen. Loren Legarda

One of the TV shows we watch regularly is Sen. Loren Legarda’s “Dayaw” program about the wellsprings of Filipino artistry, telecast on the ANC channel.

We’re looking forward to its fourth season of six telecasts, starting this month. It features some Manlilikha ng Bayan awardees, the indigenous and traditional equivalent of our National Artist honors.


They are also called National Living Treasures, because they embody a lifetime of exceptional achievement in native crafts and folk arts. Featured in various episodes are Maguindanao kudyapi player Samson Sulaiman, Palawan epic chanter Masino Intaray, T’Boli weaver Lang Dulay, Hanunuo Mangyan poet Ginaw Bilog, Tawi-Tawi mat weaver Haja Amina Appo, Tausug textile weaver Darhata Sawabi and Bagobo master weaver Salinta Monon.

Other features are on Kalinga musician-dancer Alonzo Saclag, Bukidnon epic chanter Federico Caballero, Yakan musician Uwang Ahadas, Kapampangan metalsmith Eduardo Mutuc, Ilocano casque maker Teofilo Garcia and Ilocano textile weaver Magdalena Gamayo.


Other episodes are on experts who document and teach these traditions.

Dennis’ three exes

Meanwhile, fans of Dennis Trillo are elated to hear that the popular actor’s new TV starrer, “The One That Got Away,” has him romancing not one, not two, but three of GMA 7’s female contract stars—Lovi Poe, Rhian Ramos and Max Collins.

The intriguing twist in the new GMA 7 offering is that Dennis is the three women’s ex-boyfriend—at different times in his very romantically active life!

Of course, viewers will be motivated to keep watching the new show—to find out which one of the lovely ladies Dennis will end up with at the series’ final fade!
Providing strong support are veteran stars Bembol Roco, Snooky Serna and Luz Valdez.

Another GMA 7 “show with a twist” is “Sherlock Jr.” The new series further boosts the love team of Gabbi Garcia and Ruru Madrid, which was firmed up in the recent Metro Manila Film Fest entry, “Meant to Beh.”

Gabbi was the most promising teen performer in that rom-com movie, so Ruru needs to work harder to keep up with her. But, what makes “Sherlock Jr.” unique is the presence of a canine protagonist, Siri, portrayed by Serena, a talented and endearing Golden Retriever.


The new show is about the friendship between an investigative journalist (Ruru) and a dog—so, as Siri, Serena will be given many opportunities to strut her tricks and stuff—and with viewers’ hearts and regular patronage, for good measure. Let’s hope she’s up to the “golden” opportunity!

“Sherlock Jr.” also features Janine Gutierrez “in a very special role,” plus Ai-Ai delas Alas, Andre Paras, Sharmaine Arnaiz and Roi Vinzon.

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