4th Igorot Cordillera BIMAAK-Europe (ICBE) Consultation
17-20 May 2007
by Elizabeth Omengan
Thank you for a stimulating, informative and useful gathering! Here is my tribute:
A gathering recalled
Gongs of different families
are assembled, and
are arranged by sound.
Men discern the beat
Women and children dance
To the rhythm of gongs forged in China.
Brought to Europe
Journeyed to Tipperary.
Happy migrant Igorots danced
To a set of gongs forged at Lepanto.
Hardwood sticks made resounding ring.
Softwood, the practiced ears desire
For there are more tricks to sound techniques
Including the soundless beat of the apprentice.