Tūngur: EXchanges Gathering


Date and Time

Sat 25 May
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Event hosts


Baki’s Philippines indigenous knowledge of sharing, exchanging and understanding with Mamerto Lagitan Tindongan (Mumbaki).

We celebrate Asian Heritage month of May 2024 and the 75th anniversary of the dipolomatic relations between Canada and the Philippines.

Saturday, May 25, 2024 | 12:00 PM

What Lab (1814 Pandora St, Vancouver)


Come enjoy Kamayan Filipino food! ( in partnership with Kulinarya Vancouver)

A public gathering, connecting and conversation of Philippines indigenous knowledges and way of life centered in the works and teaching of Mumbaki’s Mamerto Lagitan Tindongan.

Baki is Ifugao’s spirituality which is a way of relating with nature spirits, deities, and ancestors. We invite you to this intimate sharing of arts, dialogue, conversation, prayers and food to bring healing to oneself, the community and to the world.

With featured guest artists:
Theatrical commentator: Dennis Gupa
Music: Jeremiah Carag
Poetry and readings: Christopher Nazaire and Maria Karla Lenina Comanda
Dance: Alvin Erasga Tolentino

About Mamerto:

Mamerto Lagitan Tindongan is from the Ifugao tribe in the Cordillera region in northern Philippines. He is an eighth generation Mumbaki, He was initiated into the Baki Ifugao role by his father in 2011, though he grew up with the tradition since childhood. He was also initiated in the Earth Keeper Q’uero Peruvian tradition, as Laika, in 2005. And Paqo, 4th level Andean Priest, in 2007.

A shaman, healer, master carver and preserver of arts and culture in the life of the Ifugao Cordilleras, Lagitan has been known as “a remarkable individual who dedicates his life to teaching Indigenous wisdom, promoting simple living and spiritual enlightenment.”

More info about the Ifugao Centre for Living Culture: https://www.ifugaoclc.org/

Tūngur: Tūngur or Tungngur. I didn’t of this more appropriate traditional practice before. Tūngur is a way of paying back someone who helped you in time of need. In this practice, if you are given say five bundles of rice (palay), you are suppose to add an extra bundle when you help that person in time of need, however long you were helped. In doing this, the belief is that the good relationship of helping one another will continue. Accordingly, if you give back exactly five bundles, you are signifying the end of the relationship.


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