3rd Igorot Cordillera BIMAAK Europe (ICBE) Consultation
5-8 May 2005
by Ric Cuyob
The big improvement in terms of preparation, organisation of activities and active participation of delegates in this 3rdICBE consultation impressed me. With the moral support and assistance of certain individuals, BIBAK-Switzerland has made well in the preparation of the venue and organised the fetching of arriving delegates from the station to the venue.
The planned series of activities have been executed smoothly from the point of arrival until the closing of the consultation. There was an active participations of delegates in almost all the activities except some confusion on the first workshop where some did not know what group they belonged. The topics for discussion were tackled and the question, “What is it in our culture that we want to pass to the next generations?” was clarified.
The sightseeing and the cultural evening gave a lasting imprint in my memory. I have realized the importance of being rooted to his/her own culture for it makes him/her behave well and attentive to the presence of the other culture. It is my impression that this rootedness in one’s proper culture makes one interested and respectful of the other. This could be verified as BIBAK-Switzerland maintain and initiate further the cultural interaction with the yodellers and their families in the community of Aeschi.