Monday, June 3, 2013

Where are the Natives

I was walking home from work when I decided to drop by Abanao Square to buy a mechanical pencil at National Bookstore. I don't usually listen to other peoples conversation but this time it's special.

I overheard some local tourist talking about the natives. I heard one ask a fellow shopper where to find the natives? I wonder what kind of native she is talking about but since they are in the city of pines I assume she was talking about the Igorots. The lady said if you are talking about the Igorot you are looking at one of them. That puts a smile in my face, but then the girl who asked  gave a reaction I don't know if I'm going to slap her in the face or pity her for her ignorance, I choose the later though.

The girl said.. WEHHHH HINDI NGA! Bakit maputi ka, dibah pangit sila? (Really, then why do you have a fair skin, isn't it that they are ugly) Unconsciously I tried to find a thing where I can see my reflection.
This is what we wear before
Photo credit to: Filipinasoul.com


I do understand those people who are still not aware of the so called modern world, stuck with what they know, I admire them though for being bold.

This is what we wear now....
(I would like to thank my sis for letting me use her pictures)



 We were not stuck with what we use to do, we also follow the flow of things around us but it doesn't mean we forgot who we are. We are still Igorot the warrior of the north. We still practice the old ways but we accept the new.

I am proud of my roots I am proud to be an Igorot :)

38 comments:

  1. I consider it racist though. Why stereotype a race? The problem is that people stuck with the traditional description of a particular race. The world is evolving, and so are the Igorots..

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    1. you are right, not all people though evolve with the world, that is the sad truth :)

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  2. It ticks me off whenever I hear or read racists issues that I wanna throw a bottle on my monitor (just joking).

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    1. hehe :) if you have a spare monitor you can do it :)

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  3. Aww. They are very rude but I think they need someone to explain that Igorots are good and so are you. :)

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  4. Let us all be proud with our ancestors and our root culture. Nice share.

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  5. Spell RUDE and uneducated -- the nerve of that person! It's cruel enough that she's classified Igorots as 'pangit'... that's way below the belt. I mean, look at Kidlat Tahimik. That man is a genius and one handsome fellow! I've met him and have hung out with his kids, and they've been really awesome people. It's such a shame that she had to stereotype Igorots.

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    1. yep kidlat always wear the bahag.. he is so proud of his roots :)

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  6. I'm from Baguio too but now based in Makati and yes a lot of people have good skin complexion in Baguio. I get the same comment on the nice complexion whenever I ever bring friends in Baguio.

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    1. I don't have the fair complexion but I know a lot who have and being question if they are native or not.

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  7. Tsktsk beauty is in the eye of the beholder, well that's how far that saying goes and I believe in it. We can't blame that person for saying what she thinks outwardly and too honestly. We all have judgments though only stuck at the back of our minds. We are also guilty of regarding people as "less beautiful" than the others. So I think the only "wrong" thing is how she said it.

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  8. Rudeness to an A.. sobra naman yung girl na yun. I am proud to say I have an Igorot nieces and nephews and they go with the tide. Kung ano uso, meron sila.

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  9. What she did was plain rude and reveals her ignorance of the changing times. The same line of thought describing Igorots as dark-skinned is common in books but ugly has never been used to describe them.

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    1. well I guess because most of us would think that dark people are ugly... thats the reason why dark=ugly to some.

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  10. What a rude lady! If I was there, I would really put her in her place! The problem with us is that we always cry that Americans and other foreigners are racists but we are also racists among our kababayans! What a pity. That girl really is very ignorant :/

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  11. Hahahahahaha.... so funny..... Where are the natives??? You are beautiful so darn... Where are the natives?

    Part of my ancestry is American Indian and my mother in law always thought Indians had red or purple skin. I am very, very fair skinned. One year we all traveled to Canada from the US on a fishing tour with our men. She had heard about their being indians in Canada and was afraid they would attack. That is when I told her I was american Indian. LOL... guess you had to be there but she must have watched to many westerns on TV.

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    1. yeah somehow even to the so called modern world there are still stereotypical notion.

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  12. Wow-I agree, put her in her place!

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    1. yep.. she should be put in her place..

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  13. Good for you to understand the face of ignorance. and not go ballistic. Understanding and knowing of your ancestral roots is a proud trait.

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  14. I am appalled at the ignorance of others. I think you handled it much better than most people.

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    1. thank you.. though I really hate her guts I dont want her to think that we are hot tempered as well :) plus I dont ant to create a sin.. if its not in a shopping area it could have been diff..

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  15. Thanks for sharing. What a great attitude to have toward someone who was obviously ignorant.

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    1. I really tried hard to manage my emotion somehow it works..

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  16. It's a shame this continues and ignorance is still apparent in our society. I hope her children become more educated and this ignorance dies out!

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  17. What!!!! Asking something really bad in such a petty way!!!! these things makes me really sad :( ;(, you should have asked why she is wearing clothes instead of leaves because 170000 years ago there were no clothes to wear. This is not racism and stereotypical at all, they are mentally ill frustrated beings. :(

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    1. I really wanted to give her some sarcasm but I don't want to attract some shoppers attention...

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  18. It is unfortunate that people are so ignorant sometimes.

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  19. I hate when people are racist. Geesh we are all people it does not matter who are ancestors are no one should be discriminated against.

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    1. agree... after all we all have one race.. the human race..

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