“IGOROTAK” (I am an Igorot).
I was born in the mountainous Benguet Province of the Philippines . My growing up years were spent between the bustling town of La Trinidad (the capital of Benguet) and the subdued but beautiful place of Balakbak, Kapangan.
I am passionate about keeping the Igorot culture alive. This particular blog site aims to personally feature my experiences and pay tribute to one of the Igorot tribes to which I proudly belong to, the Kankanaeys.
There are places, structures, customs and traditions in my hometown that I have taken for granted in my childhood. Recently, a lot of them are in decline and have succumbed to changes brought about by development, modernization, climate change and just the natural ageing process. Now, whenever I get the chance, I savour the time spent with my elders and listen more attentively to their life stories. I take photos of anything that will remind me of my Kankanaey roots. I take a walk around my hometown and venture further only to discover that there is a lot more to see out there! Then I write about them.
These are my own little ways of keeping remembrances of where I come from and of who I am. Before they vanish away completely.
THIS IS HOW IT ALL STARTED To blog or not to blog