The "bongol" necklace made of rare beads can indicate the standing of a person; the thicker the "bongol" is the more affluent the person is. The quality of the beads denotes also the person's standing in the community.
The beads are made up of rare stones and gems, which may have originated from China, Malaysia and other foreign lands. It was believed that the ancient i-Kalingas traded with foreign people during the olden times.
For Kalinga males, the G-string is the popular ethnic costume.
Here are samples of the Kalinga ethnic costumes.
Bro. Ben in his G-string!
Our beloved, the late Lola Carmen, with her "bongol". Although the dress is not Kalinga, Lola Carmen is a true-blooded Igorot.
|Bongol and some native colors|
|Male and female Kalinga costume|
|Benguet Igorot costume|
|Modernized Igorot Costume|
|Original Igorot Costume|
|Original Female Kalinga costume courtesy of Nats Dalanao|
|Various types of bongols (ethnic necklaces)|
|Benguet native costuume|
|Kalinga costume with modernized blouse and bongol|
|Female and male Kalinga costume|
|Ethnic male Kalinga costume|
|Modernized Igorot costume|
|Dance troupe costmes|
|Female Kalinga costume|
|Paracelis costume, courtesy of Erika|
|Kalinga warrior costume dancing tadok|