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Looking back with pride, looking forward with hope
Zobel R. Epler, Baguio City

May I react To Elmer Apacway’S reaction to Benny Carantes’ column dated June 9.  I am an avid reader of Carantes’ column too. It is really a pleasure reading his views whether they are real or reel. His column is not pretentious. They are straightforward, truthful, and honest. I always look forward to his discussion about life, family, and friends.

 One cannot deny being dismayed if you are rooting for a candidate who lost the election. Luckily, Mr. Carantes has a column to express his thoughts and feelings. Like Mr.  Carantes, I feel bad too because my candidate lost in the election. Like him, I am threatened by the dominance of other ethnic group in my workplace. I feel dumb not to understand the language spoken by my colleagues but there is no way for me to express my thoughts and feelings.  Today, I learn to accept and understand them instead. The best thing that I can do is to look back with pride and look forward with hope. Let us do away with the Ifontoks or Ibontoks but be united as one – as Igorots or as Cordillerans. The populace of the city is a mix of several origins, thus we might as well be united. The book, Igorot by Heart, aims to unite Igorots worldwide, why can’t we in Baguio?  We are all Cordillerans – the people from the mountains.

This reaction prompted me to write about the Igorots. The word Igorotak is a familiar mark on shirts, taxis, tire covers, cars, billboards and everywhere. In the market, shirts are hung with this famous print. At first, I was unmindful of this until I saw a YouTube post with Ingrid Payaket wearing a shirt with the print.  She and all who parade with this sign must be proud to be an Igorot. Igorotak means I am a Cordilleran.

Cordillerans are people living in the mountains but not all those who live in the mountains like to be called Igorots. Others prefer to be called Kiangan, Ifugao, or a Kalinga. 

Albert Bayacdan says being a Cordilleran has advantages. The US-based Cordillerans like to be identified as one because of the unity and prestige of being an Igorot.  The Cordillerans are blessed in a sense that they live in a verdant and peaceful region. Their diversity alone is a manifestation of our rich culture. The abundance of their natural resources is an envy of other regions that are less endowed with what nature gives. Say, the vegetables that are gown in the mountains and the strawberries in the fields are so abundant that Cordillerans benefit from all these.

The history of the Cordillera people speaks of their qualities, traits, traditions, and well-being. They are people of strong-will and bravery. They remain committed to the aspirations and dreams of their ancestors. They are respectful and hospitable.  They are people of creative spirits. They are God-fearing.

The beauty and richness of the Cordillera provides ample provisions for our daily existence and livelihood; thus, giving the Cordilleran the quality to work harder with integrity.

As a Cordilleran, there is something to look back with pride, and look forward with hope.

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