Friday, December 28, 2012

Philippine Ethnic Costumes: Kalinga Costumes

The Kalinga costumes for males and females are simple but colorful; a mixture of red, green, and yellow colors.

During the past, male costume is composed of only one piece, the “bahagG-string

What is the G–string?

The G-string is a one-piece of long short-width rectangular woven clothing made of colorful threads. It is at least 12- 20 feet, depending upon the person’s waist and size.

The G-string can be worn as an upside down necktie, only you have to cover the anus and groin before you tie the knot.

What is a ginamat?

For females, the “tapis” wide woven rectangular clothing is simply tied at the waist is the Kalinga costumes. To cover the lower portion of a woman’s body. In the olden days, men and women were topless.

For children, no clothes are necessary for them, or strips of ginamat were used. Nakedness was not considered rude or indecent.

Nowadays, Kalinga men and women wear city clothing. Only the elderly wear G-strings and tapis or ginamat. The ethnic Kalinga costumes are used only during fiestas and celebrations.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Gorillas Dancing to Kalinga's Salidummay

This great video was created by Nats Dalanao from Tabuk.
Kalinga Gorillas Dancing to “Salidummay”
Video credit: Nats Dalanao/YouTube
A tribute to the skills of an IT Kalinga expert. Anything can be done!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Philippine Ethnic Costume

The Kalinga man is wearing the g-string, with the usual head dress. He is dancing taddok in an ethnic wedding celebration.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Igorot Song: "Isna" By Paul Masillem

Just like Kalinga songs, Igorot songs have a certain quality that touches and warms the hearts. If you have never been to the Mountain Provinces, then it may be time to immerse yourself in the rich ethnic culture of Filipinos. Welcome to the Cordilleras. Below is a YouTube video uploaded by Igorotna at YouTube of Paul Masillem's song "Isna" here).
”Isna”, Igorot Song by Paul Masillem
Video credit: Igorotna/YouTube

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Native Kalinga Bags

If you are interested to own one of these spectacular native bags, just leave a message below. Thanks.


Friday, June 15, 2012

Kankanaey Song: Jude "Gawit" Gunan, 8 years Old, from Tadian, Sings “Layad Kon Ina”

Jude "Gawit" Gunan sang this song, “Layad Kon Ina” when he was 8 years old. Jude is from Tadian, and “Layad Kon Ina” has been popularized by this amazing kid, who could sing and strum the guitar, as well. It’s not a Kalinga song but we share the same passion and love for parents that this talented kid does. Below is the YouTube video of Jude "Gawit" Gunan singing “Layad Kon Ina
Jude "Gawit" Gunan with “Layad Kon Ina”
Video Credit: dim902 /YouTube

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Taloctoc, Kalinga Dishes

Taloctoc, Kalinga dishes are as simple as the lifestyles of the old folk. I am speaking about the early 70s when I was still a child in Taloctoc.

Of course life has changed nowadays and town life had caught up with the younger folk. When I grew up though, this was how we cooked some dishes:


Boil water
Cut the vegetables into cubes, and place them all in the pot
Cover until cooked


Boil water
Cut meat into cubes, wash and place in boiling water
Cook until desired tenderness

This is generally the method used for all dishes. No condiments are added whatsoever.

Try doing this and you would taste the natural and genuine flavor of what you are cooking.

I, however, prepared salt and pepper mixture, with meat because it is also a blast when you dip the cooked and tender meat in salt and pepper as you eat.

This explains why most people then had longer life spans. The food was our and unadulterated without toxic nitrites and harmful coloring reagents that could make you sick.

Try cooking a dish at home, especially if these are fresh products. Simply boil them and drink the broth; you’ll find out a unique taste you may never have tasted before.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Kalinga Song

Ay ay,`salidummay,
salidummay diway
Amman tako annosan
Amman tako annosan
Dong dong ay salidummay,
isinali dumma-ay.

Ay ay,`salidummay,
salidummay diway
Mangan tako losan.
Mangan tako losan.
Dong dong ay salidummay,
isinali dumma-ay.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Amazing Bird Sanctuary in Tabuk, Kalinga, Philippines (Video))

A beautiful bird sanctuary is found in Talaca, Tabuk City, Kalinga and is featured here in this video taken by Nats Dalanao and company. Thanks Nats for allowing me to feature this in my blog.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Igorot Costume, Philippines

The Igorot costume is colorful and simple, but it denotes incredible design and style. This adorable tot here is wearing a g-string, which is sufficient clothing for males in the mountain provinces, especially when the weather is warm.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Kalingas' (Head Hunters)

By: Evelyn Trinidad

Kalinga pronounced as kalingga means headhunters. The people of Kalinga are referred to as Ikalinga (meaning, from Kalinga.) The Kalingas are composed of the Tinglayans, the Lubuagans, the Tanudans, the Pasils, the Balbalans, the Pinukpuks, and the Tabuks. All of the people from these places are called Kalingas or ikalinga. They have a distinct culture and body features that are noticeably different from the other tribes of the Cordilleras.

In the olden times, headhunting (kayaw) is a way of life. Tribal war then, was the way to survive. It was tribe against another tribe. The rule then was survival of the fittest tribe. The tribal wars are triggered by almost anything that a certain tribe believes was an affront against his tribe or his culture from the mundane to the most serious errors.

Every tribe has its own sets of leaders (pangats) and brave warriors or head hunters (maingor) that led the tribe into war when needed.

The Kalinga peace pact (bodong) groups are classified according to their ili, or tribes or sub-tribes. The bodong was conceptualized as a means of institutionalizing some basic peace process between tribes. A bodong is established between tribes through the selection of bodong holders from among the leaders (pangats) of each tribe.

The selection is done by each tribe, provided the pangat is willing to be a bodong holder. When holders from each tribe have been identified, the holders will meet to set the time, date, the pledges of each holder for the expenses to be incurred during the rites and venue of the finalization of the bodong.

The sealing of the bodong is done through a ritual where carabaos and pigs are butchered as offering. The bodong serves as a court to amicably settle differences between tribes when crime against a tribe is committed by another tribe for which a peace pact was made. If a tribe was affronted by another tribe in which there was no peace pact forged, then a tribal war may ensue.

That is the time the head hunting is practiced. Head hunting is a noble thing to do and it signifies bravery (ingor). The victory of a tribe during a tribal war is the head of an enemy. Bringing home a head is noble and a symbol of bravery.

The men are expected to become maingors and accepted as belonging to the warrior class that is respected and revered. Being part of the kayaw (headhunting) is a man’s ticket for an opportunity to get the woman of his choice as a wife.

Although ikalingas are known to be head hunters, they are actually peace loving people. They are lovers of merriment and they display all their songs during rituals and rites such as weddings and deaths. They use these songs to express their emotions, such as the salidummay, the dong-dong-ay, the oggayam, the ading, the wasani, the paliwat, the owawi, dandanag and ullalim.

The people of the province of Kalinga are warm and hospitable. They also pride themselves with the many natural beauty spots found in the locality. If you want to experience their warmth and hospitality, visit Kalinga via Tuguegarao, Cagayan or via Bontoc, Mt. Province.

The first place you will reach if you go via Bontoc is Tinglayan, the home of the “sleeping beauty”. If you take the Tuguegarao route, you touch base first with the City of Tabuk.

N.B. Nowadays, headhunting is no longer a common practice in Kalinga. But tribal wars still exist in some parts of the province, and "bodongs" or peace pacts are still observed.

You can read a personal experience of Headhunting here.

For more about (bodong) Peace Pact read the Bodong Experience.

Evelyn Trinidad is connected to the DILG, Baguio as its City Director.

Evie, as friends call her, is a genuine peacemaker, being a bodong holder and an active participant in the development of the countryside and the City of Baguio.

She continues to pursue her vision of peace and devel0pment for the minority people of the Mountain Provinces.

You can read more about "Local Governance and Administration" in her blog.

Sunday, January 1, 2012