Safeguarding and Transmission of the Hudhud Chants of the Ifugao

  • Project budget:
    • US$ 155,430
  • Source:
    • Japan Funds-in-Trust
  • Dates of implementation:
    • 01/05/2003 - 01/04/2008

Benefitting country(ies): Philippines


Well known for their rice terraces and extensive knowledge of rice cultivation, the Ifugao perform the Hudhud chants during the sowing and harvest seasons and at funeral wakes. The chants are transmitted orally and tell about ancestral heroes, customary law, traditional practices and religious beliefs.

The project aims to collect, document and record the Hudhud as well as integrate it into local school programmes, create schools in order to teach it and ensure its transmission as a living tradition to new generations of practitioners. Finally, the project will promote the Hudhud through chanting competitions, performances and exhibitions. The preliminary documentary work has begun. Teaching the Hudhud has become an integral part of the provincial school curriculum and those/the schools that will be responsible for the transmission of the Hudhud have already been identified.

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