Patrick (Potlik) McDonough lived in the Mountain Province, Philippines from 1976 to 1984. As a Peace Corps Volunteer he served as the curator of the Bontok Museum. Working under Mother Basile Gekierre, he provided oversight during the construction of the Museum and was responsible for expanding the collections to include the five major tribes of the Cordillera Mountains. This took him to some of the remotest villages throughout the Cordillera to collect artifacts and record the quickly changing culture.
During his stay in Bontok, Patrick lived in a traditional cogon house and became a proud member of Ato Palup-o in the Bontok Ili. That experience provided some unique, intimate insights into the traditional way of life. Patrick was in Bontok from the age of 19 to 27 so in many ways you can say he grew up there; within the Ato.
Patrick has been married 32 years now to Marjorie Tudlong of Chac-chacan, Bontok. They currently live in San Diego, California. By profession he is currently a Senior Project Manager for the County of San Diego. He has stayed active in the BIBAK community. From 2008 to 2010 Patrick served as Vice President for BIBAK San Diego. Patrick currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the Igorot Global Organization.
(Patrick can be contacted at Yawan(@)cox.net)