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The map of Apayao is shaped like a man’s head.
(forestry.denr.gov.ph – pic)
Sagada is known for its famous “hanging coffins”. Coffins are smaller than the usual because people are buried in a fetal position, which represents a return to nature. Not anyone can be buried in the traditional way; you have to be married first and have grandchildren.
The inhabitants in the Cordilleras are called Igorots which means “people of the mountains“. They are the people who build one of the Eight Wonders of the World – Banaue Rice Terraces.
When the Spanish and Americans invaded the Philippines, the Igorots resisted them and they were never conquered. They were feared by their ferocity in battles.
An Igorot chief named Gagaban was the first Filipino to fly in the sky. He rode with an American pilot on a short flight over Luneta.
Igorots are warlike people. They usually start a war by taking the head off of a member of the other tribe. Headhunting is also one of their rituals. One of the reasons behind head hunting is the request for abundant harvest.
The Cordilleras around the world maintain their cultural heritage by a gathering together. BIBAK is the organization that keeps their tradition alive. BIBAK is the acronym of Benguet, Ifugao, Bontoc, Apayao, and Kalinga.
Every two years since 1995, Igorot leaders around the world meet in consultation in what is called The Igorot International Consulation (IIC).
Candy Panilinan was banned in Baguio City after greeting the crowd at her show in Baguio City, “Tao po ako, hindi po ako Igorot”.
The Ifugao were bitter enemies of the Bontoc Igorot and were oftentimes the victims of headhunting.
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