The ICBE Consultation gave me a feeling of going back to the 'ili': Faces with the typical features of people from the Cordillera, incomprehensible dialects being spoken yet some sounds vaguely familiar, music from the gongs and 'solibao' blending into a rhythmic cadence to which the girls and women can dance to. The sense of community was very tangible like in the 'ili' during gatherings. It was during the ICBE Consultation that my children were introduced to their ancestral roots.
My 11-year old son thought it was really 'cool' belonging to a clan, wearing a G-string and playing a gong. My 8-year old daughter thought the costumes and necklaces were very beautiful.