3rd Igorot Cordillera BIMAAK Europe (ICBE) Consultation
5-8 May 2005
By Peter Agnaonao
I would like to answer this question by enumerating some of our Igorot values that are deeply rooted in our culture.
First, is the Inayan concept that emanates from our beliefs.
Second, is the Ob-obbo, which is one expression of solidarity.
Third, is the traditional governance of the Ili like the recognition of the wisdom of the council of elders, the practice of tongtongan in settling a conflict within the community, and the traditional practice of managing and conserving the natural resources.
From our humanities and arts, I think that our music, dances and artefacts are still worth passing.
Another thing that I would like to suggest that should continue to be passed is the concept of the Dap-ay. This could certainly take a new form like this ICBE, organisation of Cordillerans, BIBAK, IGO and other forms of Igorot associations that make itself a venue to:
1) discuss issues affecting us and our Igorotland,
2) talk about problems and find solutions or remedies and
3) pass to the next generation, our Igorot culture.