Monday, February 22, 2010

Taloctoc, Kalinga: My Village

Taloctoc is the Village where I grew up since age 5. I stayed in the city and then went home to Taloctoc. It was my small Paradise, an ideal haven for those who would like to escape the hurly-burly of city life. Taloctoc then was has fresh, cool air, clear, sparkling waters, verdant, rich mountains and a flora and fauna that were incomparable. I still have not gone back. I hope in time I can and would still see a remnant of the Taloctoc I knew as a child.

Drawing: by Eugene Supermedtech

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Amabalo e Algao Yo

"Ambalo e algao yo" is a Kalinga sentence meaning , Good morning to all of you.

"Intakkon not," means let's go. This is used in informal conversation and among peers. If used in a formal conversation, you add the title of the person you're talking to like, "Apo Palicas, intakkon not."

When they give you water, take it even if you're not thirsty. It is an affront if you don't. Accepting the water indicates that you accept the offer of friendship.

These are some Kalinga practices still observed by many up to this day.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Kalinga, A Place of Beauty

How I wish I could go back home and capture the beauty and serenity of my small village. It has been eons ago that I have not visited. When I do, I'll splash all the pictures here. For now, you'll have to bear with my rants.

But here is a wonderful site that talks about Kalinga.