Topics: Ilocos Region, Pangasinan, Boy Pages: 6 (1407 words) Published: March 8, 2014
The Ilocanos are known for being hardworking, appreciative, simple and determined.  Also known as stingy or “kuripot” because, the Ilocanos being called stingy and cheap is just treated as a joke or pun among Filipinos and not as a negative regional stereotype.

The Ilocos Region is situated in between the barren lands of the Cordillera mountain ranges and the South China Sea. Although their rich land is blessed with agricultural benefits, making a living in Ilocos is very difficult. Unlike the Manileños, it is harder for Ilocanos to make money since they are very far from the center of trade and industry. It would take long travel hours (by land) to send their products (mostly fruits and vegetables) in Manila. By the time it arrives, these fruits and vegetables are no longer fresh. The Ilocanos value money so much that most people see them as stingy when in fact they are just pennywise. They want to spend their earnings wisely.

Before even planning for marriage,
Ilocano children seek first the approval of both sets of parents. The parents are to decide if they would agree to let their child marry or not. The young man (groom) asks for his parents’ consent.

His parents will pay the dowry and finance the wedding.
Then, the young man formally announces (panagpudno) his intentions of marrying the young woman to her parents. The groom’s parents visit the bride’s parents, in which they set the date of the wedding. In setting the date, both parents go to a planetario to learn what dates are the good-luck days. Another meeting is set for the wedding (palalian or ringpas) wherein the groom and his relatives to the bride’s house to finalize the wedding arrangements.  The families set the choice of sponsors, the dowry, sagut (wedding dress and accessories which will be provided by the groom), and the parawad (cash that given by the groom to the bride’s mother as a reward for raising his bride).

The boy sends love letters to the girl regularly as constant reminders and declarations of a willingness to continue the amorous pursuit.   The harana (serenade) is also one way of expressing love. The boy asks a group of friends to join him, on a moonlit night, in waking up his beloved maiden with love songs. Tradition strongly requires that the woman maintain her virginity until marriage.  Otherwise, she will have to face such grave consequences as being ostracized by the community or disowned by her family.  Sex education comes in the form of stories read and told by older folk.

Its native songs are expressions of the characteristics, aspirations and occupations of its music-loving and industrious people.  “Osi-osi” portrays the traditional ways of courtship.
“Binigan-bigat” (Every Morning) is a courtship dance depicting a boy who is in love with a girl from whom he asks pity. “Sileledda-ang” (Grief-stricken or Laden with Sorrow) is a courtship dance showing the lover’s fondness for each other.  “Manang Biday”, another courtship dance usually performed by young people.  “Sabunganay”(Banana Blossom) symbolizes a young lady who is still too young to be courted and  “Pandanggo Laoagueña” is a courtship dance performed by the young and old.”

Widely spoken by the people of Ilocos Norte is Iloko, one of the major dialects in the country and which is proudly used by every Ilocano as for as the foreign countries. Ilokano is the third most-spoken language of the Republic of the Philippines. The dialect serves as index of determining the place of residence of an Ilocano because intonation varies from town to town. One can pinpoint a person’s origin by just listening to the way he/she talks, because intonation varies from town to town.

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