For two and a half decades, the month of July in the Cordillera Region is a month of celebration. For this jubilee year, the University celebrates it in a special way with PCAARRD's Coffee FIESTA-CAR.
The unity gong echoes in BSU
With the theme, "CAR at 25: Looking back with pride, moving forward with hope," BSU marked the Cordillera month by beating the gong as part of the Cordillera Unity relay on July 16, 2012 during the regular Monday flag ceremony. BSU-CCA performing groups also joined the Cordillera month parade along Session Road, Baguio City on July 15.
On July 20, the play Lumawig was staged at BSU featuring Ms. Ingrid Payaket and Salaco Pampico as Bangan and Lumawig with BSU students Jean Kayachen as Denayan and Abigail Batnag as Ginsingan. This was followed by the premier showing of the BSU-produced documentary, "Nu naguarey chontog, egkiya mabiyag" on July 24, 2012.
The play Lumawig was staged through the partnership of BSU-Center for Culture and the Arts and the Department of Tourism-CAR. Meanwhile, the 30-minute video documentary titled "Nu naguarey chontog, egkiya mabiyag" meaning "Without mountains, we won't survive," features the practices of people in Karao and Ekip, Bokod, Benguet that sustain their well preserved environment up to the present.
It was produced as output of the research "Indigenous Forest Conservation Practices and Farming Systems in Karao and Ekip, Bokod, Benguet."
The coffee Fiesta which stands for the latter as Cordillera Coffee Farms and Industry through Science and Technology Agenda was a two-day event on July 5 and 6 that showcased the best of Cordillera coffee.
Activities included: exhibits set up showing coffee from its seedlings to the cherries, beans and the different by products, conferences, media forum, and photo-essay contest.
The event was attended by various personalities from the LGUs, Government Line Agencies, farmers, SUCs, media organizations, the private sector, and the general public.
Purposedly, the activities are designed to provide a venue for matching coffee products with potential markets, discuss coffee problems/issues from production and processing to marketing, and strengthen convergence among coffee stakeholders/key players.
It was organized by HARRDEC and PCAARRD in partnership with and through the cooperation of NEDA/RDC, DTI-CAR, DA-CAR, DENR-CAR, DOST-CAR, BSU, DOT-CAR, DAR-CAR, TESDA-DAR, CHARMP2-DA, PIA-CAR, CRACC, PCCI-CAR.