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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Tabuk Revisited (II): Something New

Some things have changed in Tabuk -- for good or ill.

Culture & Religion

1. Our waiting sheds now look beautiful with ethnic belts painted around their posts, just like this one:

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2. There's this shop housing cultural artifacts, many of which were made by the shop owner, Mr. Pablo Bawer, one of the Province's cultural masters. I have just come to know about it although it has been there a long time already, just a block away from our house...

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All his products are "treated" and seasoned.  Each of his shields take a year to make (including seasoning period).

3. Christmas carols are something we can't do away with.  The musical instruments  for caroling shown below which are made of recycled materials may not be new to many of my townmates, but they surely are new to me:

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4. The St. William's Cathedral has become more beautiful.  Friends say the construction of the new  Catholic church building was begun during the stint of Fr. Carlito Cenzon, now the Bishop of Baguio.  The Church has a new assistant priest, a long-time friend, Froilan Pangda.  I was also informed by manong Fred Pangsiw, an Anglican priest and cultural master, that the Cathedral is home to Kalinga's "School of Living Traditions" where young and old alike get to learn more about their own culture.

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There are newly established Christian churches, many of which are of the Pentecostal/Charismatic tradition. Islam has also gained a foothold in the area, as this minaret now piercing the sky of Dagupan, the government seat of the City, shows.



There are several new faces in the city and provincial governments.  And there are also new luxury cars for some of our local officials, thanks to the city's bigger share of the IRA (Internal Revenue Allotment).  If only they used the people's money to buy more garbage trucks instead, or to build MRFs (Materials Recovery Facilities)...

For three decades, I had never seen the street fronting our house cemented, only filled with gravel and sand year in and year out.  Now, it's concreted -- well, except the section across the main gate of the mayor's residence hehe...  Ain't sure though when the rest of the streets two more blocks from our house would be cemented; if it will take one political administration to do it, it would be a miracle! :


And oh, by the way, our neighbor has found a new hobby -- golfing.   He seems engrossed with it so much, proof of which are my two sisters' collection of more than a dozen golf balls that have whizzed over  from his side of our wall for these past few past months.  No broken glasses and contusions reported at home yet... so far.


Ginivy said...

Hello po. Matagal na akong nagbabasa ng blog nyo... although 'di naman ganon katagal, mga two months siguro. Isa ito sa mga lumabas sa Google nung naghanap ako ng info about Cordillera for my homework. Malaking tulong ito para sa report ko, at natuwa yung teacher ko dahil sa "well-researched output at dami ng info."

Pero actually, there is more to it than just reporting purposes. Personally, natutunan ko na sobrang mali yung notion na left-behind ang Cordillera provinces (kilala naman po kasi ang Baguio, di ba). At least nakatulong yung mga posts nyo para mabawasan yung thoughts of labeling sa utak ko.

Marky Cielo's victory said that Igorots weren't primitive as the others thought. But reading your posts was another thing. Kadalasan kasi, notion yung pagiging head hunters ng mga Kalinga. At least I got new lesson's from "an insider's perspective.


scott saboy said...

nagagalak akong malaman na nakatulong ang blog na to hindi lamang sa pagsasaliksik mo kundi pati na rin sa paglinaw ng iyong pananaw patungkol sa mga igorot. ukol naman sa mga maling ideya patungkol sa mga taga-kalinga, malaki rin kasi ang kasalanan ng media dahil sa mga sensationalized reports nila sa mga tribal wars sa amin. nakadadagdag pa sa negatibong imahe ng kalinga ang mga ilang taga-kalinga mismo na kadalasa'y mga mayayabang at palaaway. paano kasi'y kung me mga makaalitan o makalaban silang mga taga"baba" (taga-Pangasinan, mga Tagalog, atbp.), ang mga namumutawi sa kanilang mga bibig ay "puputulan kita ng ulo," "gusto mo bang matanggalan ng tenga?" at kung ano-ano pang mga threats. tuloy, "headhunters" ang turing ng mga ibang "lowlanders" sa mga kalinga. ang hindi alam ng karamihan, kakaunti lang namang mga kalinga ang sadyang palaaway. karamihan ng mga tribo (may 38-40 subtribes sa kalinga) sa amin ay maituturing na "peace-loving," katulad na lang ng banao tribe na kinabibilangan ko na tinaguriang "most peaceful tribe in kalinga." matagal ko nang gustong magsulat patungkol dito, pero hindi ko pa naaasikaso. anyways, salamat sa pagbisita Ginivy... :)