Documentation of the Oral Traditions of Ifugao (“Hudhud” and “Alim”) in the Province of Ifugao

Program Theme: Forms of Traditional Cultural Expressions (Traditional Knowledge)

Program Year: 2008

Awarding Agency: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (under the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation Program)

Partner: National Commission for Culture and Arts          

Amount: US$19,000

Status: Completed

Project Summary: The Project aimed to document the “Hudhud’ and “Alim” epics of the Ifugao people. These epics are two traditions that have been passed down orally over spans of generation.  The project entailed the documentation and recording of these oral traditions, the production and dissemination of audio-visuals to the public, and popularization of these traditions by providing resources to Ifugao schools that have integrated the teaching of these traditions in their school curriculum as well as by establishing a School of Living Traditions at the Provincial Capitol.

Citation: The “Hudhud” and “Alim” chants are listed as Masterpieces of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in the Philippine Registry of Cultural Properties.