Monday, April 11, 2016

Vote for Your Top 10 Popular i-Kalingas

Kalinga is the land of the brave and the good.

Image credit: Lydia Ballog

It’s the land where people of various origins converge and eventually become genuine i-Kalingas.

Tabuk City alone is a melting pot, where Ilocanos, Tagalogs, Visayans, Chinese, American and Muslims come together and co-exist with one another.

There are numerous famous i-Kalingas that people couldn’t forget through time.

This list may include people who are not full-blooded i-Kalingas but had served the Kalinga province well in their designated jobs.

It may also include people who are simply popular (online or offline); people who are abroad but have Kalinga blood; Also, i-Kalingas who live in other places in the Philippines.

In short, this is an unofficial popularity poll only. It’s more on fun than serious competition.

So, if you’re game. Join in!

You could help this site in selecting the Top 10 Popular i-Kalingas by voting for your top 10 choices.

You could also nominate someone. If you know an i-Kalinga who should be included or not included in this list, please feel free to notify us through the comment’s section of this post.

Thank you.

Top 10 Popular i-Kalingas

Tattoo Artist Apo Whang Od
PSSupt Steve Ludan
NCIP PO Naty Sugguiyao
Artist/Singer Charles Romano Wandag
DILG CD Evelyn Trinidad
Poll Maker

"Sapi" Bawer 

"Kesu" Saclag 

Just vote in the comments' section for these two candidates. Remember to mention their names. Thank you.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Top 5 Practices of I-Kalingas that You Should Know About (When Visiting)

If you plan to travel to Kalinga, you must know at least the basic practices that they observe. As the cliché goes, “When you’re in Rome, do what the Romans do.” To help you enjoy your stay in Kalinga, here are Top 5 practices or customs you may want to learn. Of course, these are ancient practices, which may no longer be observed in large households, but still, it pays to learn about them.

Sofronia Ollang aka Supling (Info by Nellybeth Ballog Diaz), Image credit: Lydia Ballog

Custom #1 – You must take off your shoes when entering their dwellings

There are various cultures that observe this practice. In Korea, people take off their shoes and wear indoor slippers or go barefoot inside their abodes. In Kalinga, it’s a sign of respect not to allow the dirt on your shoes to touch the floor because in small huts, the old folks sleep on the floor. Kalingas are clean people, they keep their small house spic and span. They usually go barefoot and wash up before entering their homes.

Custom #2 – Water/coffee is offered to visitors to show that they’re welcomed

If you’re not offered water/coffee or anything to drink when you stepped on their homes, it means they don’t welcome you into their houses. A water/coffee offering is their way of acknowledging you as their visitor and responsibility. Hence, they’ll see to it that you’re secure and safe during your stay. (Thanks, Limmon Langngag for the info).

Custom #3 – If you refuse the food they offer, they’ll consider it an insult

When offered food, don’t refuse. If you don’t like to eat it, just have a taste. Outright refusal is considered an insult – unless you’re an accidental visitor.

Custom #4 – Nakedness is natural

When you encounter topless women and naked people taking a bath without any cover, don’t be embarrassed. Although, i-Kalingas are now fully clothed and wear undies when taking a bath, the old folk may be in their birthday suits. There’s no malice in this practice. Adam and Eve wear nothing until they have sinned and noticed their nakedness. 

Custom #5 – They’re not particular about the clothes they wear, as long as these are clean

The old folk are not into fancy designs and the like when they dress up. They are contented with clean clothing. However, the ginamats and g-strings are proudly worn during special events. 
An information from a reader from Taloctoc, Therese Zyrrah Daluping: (Thank you.)

 "One practice is when a family has visitors, they will let the visitors eat first before them and the best blanket will be offered to them." (From a Taloctoc reader, Therese Zyrrah Daluping)

Another reader from Taloctoc, Lyre Nagoy Balbin, contributed this: (Thank you.)

“Before visitors leave, the native folks are all lined up to give almost everything of their products ; woven baskets, brooms, clay pots, crops like beans, coffee, kurbasa (yellow squash), ugadiw (fish delicacy during summer), and many more native items.

Lots of changes had taken place in Kalinga, and the customs and practices were affected by people from different provinces. These customs may no longer be practiced strictly but, still, knowledge of it will help you enjoy your trip to Kalinga.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Watch: Video about Kalinga Culture and Practices

The Kalinga culture is rich and colorful as shown in this video taken by knowledgechannelorg. Naty, together with other Kalinga experts are featured in this interesting video.

 (The "sleeping beauty" image above is courtesy of Lydia Ballog.)

Watch how Kalingas survive. Visit the tourist attractions of the place and various incredible features of the i-Kalingas.

What makes it unique above all other cultures? What makes the Kalinga people different from other tribes? These can be answered in this beautiful video.

For i-Kalingas all over the world, be proud of your ethnicity.

This goes true for those abroad, as well. We are the brave and dignified i-Kalingas!

Watch the video below and spread the wonder and beauty of our Kalinga culture!

Here's WOW!Kalinga by knowledgechannelorg.


Sunday, November 29, 2015

5 Ways to React to People Who Insult You Because You’re an I-Kalinga

We find rude people anywhere in society. There will always be bad eggs, who enjoy embarrassing and belittling people. What more, they can do so with a drop of a hat when they learn you belong to a cultural minority such as the Kalingas.

Lola Carmen Ilacad

If you encounter an a_ _h_ _e like the person described above, here are 5 ways you can react to him/her.

1.      Ignore him

He/she pokes fun of you in public by calling you names such as “monkey” or similar words. Ignore him like you heard nothing. Why stoop down to the level of a moron?  If a crazy person sticks out his tongue to you, do you do likewise? Of course not, because you’re not crazy as well, so act as if he’s not there, and you heard nothing. Just leave him and go your merry way.

2.      Smile at him

He/she says you’re a bumbling idiot because you’re from Kalinga. Smile sincerely at him/her. Smile can do wonders, so why trouble yourself by becoming embarrassed and angry.  It takes more muscles to frown than to smile. Don’t stress yourself.

3.      Ask him “what’s up?”

He/she calls you an ignoramus because of a tiny error you committed such as, putting the fork in the wrong receptacle. Put on your sweetest smile and say; “What’s up man? Or What’s up guys or girls?” Or whatever is applicable. Then proceed to explain your actions in straight English. Watch how his/her jaw would drop. Oftentimes, ignorant people think that cultural minorities don’t know how to speak English. They would be surprised to learn that even older native people are better in speaking English than Tagalog. My late grandmother speaks English better than Tagalog. Watch their mouths clamp once you start speaking English. Truly learned persons won’t embarrass you in front of other people, so don’t worry about encountering excellent English speakers.

4.      Accord him the “Royal Treatment”

In cases when he/she calls your attention to embarrass you in public. Give him/her the “Royal Treatment” How? By talking to him in the Kalinga dialect. Don’t cuss, though. Remember, you’re a learned person with dignity and self-respect. You can say: “Umma laydom? Ippon mambalo de katnat.” Smile while delivering your rebuttal. This is the clincher. He/she will surely stop babbling and leave you in peace, once he/she realizes he/she doesn’t understand your language.

5.      Give him a piece of advice

In a calm manner, ask him/her what’s the problem, and if you can do anything about it. Then after evaluating the incident, give him/her your two cents’ worth.  During the proceedings, always stay calm and collected. Avoid blowing your top for whatever reason. An emotionally mature person can control or reign in his/her emotions properly and effectively.
These methods are just suggestions. It’s a case to case basis, really. Just remember to react calmly and reasonably. Show the rude person the true, good character of an i-Kalinga.
If you have any suggestions or comments, you can share them in the comment section below.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

5 Lies about I-Kalingas; Believe Them at Your Own Risk

There are myths and lies that are often associated with the Kalinga people. Some are outrageously funny and some are outright lies. To help you classify the facts from the lies, here are 5 lies about the Kalinga people.

Image courtesy of Benedict

5 lies about the i-Kalingas

Lie #1 – Majority of i-Kalingas are dressed in G-strings

It might surprise you to know that the i-Kalingas are now unrecognizable amidst a crowd because they dress exactly like everyone. The young Kalinga natives may even be more fashionable than you are. They only wear the native costumes during cultural events or during presentations of their culture. Some old folk in the villages may still wear the G-strings (for men) and the ginamat (for women), but these are few.

Lie #2 – They are head-hunters

Well, this is true during the olden times when tribal wars were rampant. Today, there are still tribal wars and “bodongs” (peace pacts), but they don’t use bolos anymore, now they use guns instead. C’mon. I’m not saying that it’s a common occurrence. I’m just trying to explain that the Kalinga people are now advanced with regards to technology.

Lie #3 – They are barbarians

Quit the thought that mountain people are barbarians. Numerous i-Kalingas are learned and dignified people who are now in government, in the academe, in the entertainment industry and in science and technology. They are intelligent people who have new and bright ideas. The esteemed person next to you may be and i-Kalinga and you’re not even aware of it.

Lie #4 – They are poor

This is a major mistake you can be committing. That simple i-Kalinga lady wearing an ordinary dress is an owner of several rice paddies in their village. She may even have hidden ingots of gold in her treasure chest at home. Kalinga people are not extravagant in dressing up to the nines, so don’t judge by appearances.

Lie #5 – They are naïve

Ooops, as previously mentioned, don’t judge by appearances. They may appear naïve because of how simple they dress and live but this is an outright lie. Kalinga people are highly intuitive of things and events around them. Hence, treat them smartly for your own good. Have you heard other lies about the Kalinga people? If you agree or disagree with this list you can leave a comment on the comment box below. Your thoughts and ideas would be greatly appreciated. “Matago-tago tako losan.” (Long life to all of us.)

Monday, November 16, 2015

Top 5 Reasons Why Your Kalinga Man Won’t Marry You

You met this tall, dark, handsome, witty and intelligent Kalinga man, and you have plans of marrying him, but he has never mentioned marriage or talked about any marriage plans with you. Apparently, there seems to be a problem! So what may these problems be?

Image credit: Benedict Ballug

Here are the Top 5 possible reasons why your Kalinga man has not proposed marriage. These reasons are opinionated and are based on my own observations. Hence, you can leave your comment below if you don’t agree with me.

 #1 - He perceives you as a girlfriend material only 

He’s attracted to you and he’s your boyfriend but he does not perceive you as a wife material. Even during this new generation of women liberation and similar beliefs, at heart, the Kalinga man would still like his wife to be pure and pristine when he marries her.

Yes, Virginia, virginity matters. No matter how he denies it, he still wants his wife to be a virgin. So, if you want him to marry you, don’t surrender one of the most important things to him – your virginity. Don’t be a playgirl.

Well, men, in general, would not want their future wives to be “players.” In other words, treasure and respect yourself, and he will likewise do so - enough to ask your hand in marriage.

#2 – You belong to another economic level 

Kalinga men are not particular about economic levels but they prefer women who can speak the same language they speak, in terms of finances; someone they can bring home and not feel uncomfortable with. In case, you belong to the extremes: filthy rich or the poorest of the poor then learn how to follow his leads.

If he eats on a banana leaf with his bare hands, then you must be able to do so too. If he uses a silver spoon to eat, then you should be able to adjust, as well. His parents would say: “Nuw, umma agumman ne sanat atde koon tako.” (What would she know about our customs?) Learn about the customs of Kalinga, if you’re from another province and you’re not familiar with them.

#3 – You’re too romantic for his taste 

Most women tend to be romantics, but take note that most Kalinga men are not showy of their feelings, so they tend to appear unromantic. They don’t usually hold your hand or demonstrate their affection in public. But it doesn’t mean they love you less. They feel that these affectionate acts should be done in private.

Therefore, don’t demand from him sweetness and similar things, when in public. If he holds your hand or put his arm around your shoulders, then be thankful for it. But don’t initiate the action. You may appear cheap and clingy.

#4 – You’re boisterous 

Most Kalinga men want their wives quiet and attentive - especially to their men. Kalinga is a patriarchal community where men are heard first before women. They don’t want nagging and noisy wives, who don’t know their places in the household. They would prefer to marry women who are reserved and who respect their authority as men.

#5 – You’re lazy 

One of the good traits of the Kalinga people, in general, is industry. They’re so industrious spending their time working wherever they can. It’s very rare to find someone just being a couch potato. You’ll have more points if you know how to do the dishes, wash, and cook. Of course, he’s not looking for a housemaid, but he would prefer marrying someone who can feed him and his future kids properly - even without a maid.

These are the Top 5 reasons why your Kalinga boyfriend can’t marry you. Of course, love conquers all. If your boyfriend truly loves you, then nothing can stop him from proposing marriage.

These are only pointers to help you capture the heart of your Kalinga man. It can also help you gain more “beauty” points to increase your chances of receiving a marriage proposal.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Kalinga Musical Instruments

There are various musical instruments in Kalinga. One very popular instrument is the "tungatong" (small bamboo poles cut to specific proportions to produce a particular sound).

Of course, the leading sound instrument is still the gangsa (gong). Watch the video below and learn about Kalinga music.

The video is courtesy of our good kailiyans who were generous enough to share their videos. You know who you are. Thank you.


Monday, October 5, 2015

WATCH these Kalinga Chants (Songs) and Learn The Dialect of Taloctoc, Kalinga in These Commonly Used Sentences

I was given a chance to get together with my barrio mates and I was able to refresh my skill in speaking the Taloctoc dialect. Hence, before I forget, here are common sentences you can learn.

1. Where are you going? – Umma ayam?
2. I love you. – Laydok sika.
3. Let’s eat. – Intako mangan.
4. Let’s go. – Intakon.
5. Where did you go? Umma ummayam?
6. I think of you. – Sumsumkok sika.
7. The food is delicious. – Mampiya makan.
8. What will we do? – Umma inon tako?
9. That won’t do. – Ippon makwa kaknat.
10. Why don’t you ask her/him? – Imosom pay kan siya?
11. How much is this? – Piga de annaya?
12. What are you doing? - Umma ko-om?
13. Please give me water. – Itdanak od at danum.
14. I don’t want to eat. – Ikpon laydon mangan.
15. I want to take a bath. – Laydok e man-amos.
16. Let’s go to the river. – Intakod dawang.
17. Let’s bath in the rain. – Man-amos tako de udan
18. I don’t know. – Ikpon agammo.
19. You are beautiful. – Mambalo ka.
20. That’s the truth. – Sanat de tottowa.
21. Let’s take a bath in the river. – Man-amos tako at de dawang.
22. Hey, that’s not true. – Noh, ippon tottowa sanat.
23. Shut up! – Guminok ka.
24. Let’s be patient. – Amman tako pay anusan.
25. Please sit down. – Tukdo ka pay.
26. Please be patient. – Ammam pay anusan.
27. I’m coming with you. – Umaliyak kanakayo.
28. Stop crying. – Guminok ka e man-agaag.
29. This is delicious. – Mampiya sana.
30. Please open the window. – Bukatam od de windoo. Open the door - Bukatam od de lewangan.(There are many English words adapted to the Taloctoc dialect, simply because there are no such existing Taloctoc terms. Examples are: “window”, “table”, and “pillow”. The ancient houses had no windows or tables and pillows.

They are pronounced with a Taloctoc accent. Window is windoo, and table is tabol.) Check back later for new sentences.

A group of relatives and friends came together too, to remember the time when we were kids and enjoyed these Taloctoc chants. Watch the video below of Julie, Lydia, Irene, Digna and Aunt Agsama.