Nowadays, almost everyone goes to the Web to get information they need. Among those from the Philippine Cordillera (or Cordillera), they might search for Cordillera; Igorot; BIBAK; Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) or its six provinces: Benguet, Ifugao, MountainProvince, Abra, Apayao, Kalinga (BIMAAK); and BaguioCity.
Since we from the Igorot Cordillera BIMAAK Europe (ICBE), a network of Igorot and Cordillera organizations and individuals in Europe, have included “Igorot” and “Cordillera” in our network’s name, we decided to write more on both subjects. We have already posted articles in a box, “Getting to Know the Igorots.” What we find lacking are articles on the Cordillera. There are many websites on the Cordillera however, what we would like to have is one where visitors could read as much information as possible on the subject. In 2013, ICBE undertook a task for the year and coming years to write articles on the Cordillera, its peoples and their culture.
Within the ICBE network, there was a request for volunteers to write. Some responded.
The volunteer writers and subject they will write on are:
Ric Cuyob and Cordillera Community in Belgium (Cordi-Bel) Abra
Igorot UK Apayao
Gil Tiban Catimo (BIBAK Barcelona) Benguet
Yvonne Belen (The Netherlands) Ifugao
Jane Klee (Germany) Kalinga
Francis Kiwang (ULNOS di MountainProvince, Rome, Italy),
Lorena Dumanog, Claire Pinos-an (BIBAK Switzerland) Mountain Province
James Leroy Quintin (BIBAK Ireland) Baguio City
Yvonne Belen Cordillera
For the contents, we propose the following:
A. Pre-Spanish Times
B. Spanish Period
C. American Regime
D. Japanese Occupation
E. Philippine Republic
A. Geographical Location
B. Land Area
G. Natural Resources
A. Peopling of the province
(1) Waves of migration and (2) Present composition
C. Ethnolinguistic Groups
D. Means of Livelihood
V. CUSTOMARY LAWS, INSTITUTIONS and PRACTICES
A. Political Institutions
B. Rituals – (1) Courtship, (2) Birth, (3) Marriage, (4) Death and (5) Agricultural cycle
D. Indigenous Art
(1) Woven fabrics, (2) Accessories, (3) Tattooing, (4) Pottery, (5) Basketry
E. Performing Arts
(1) Dances (2) Music and Musical Instruments (3) Chants
G. Indigenous Games
VII. TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
STATUS of our WRITING
The volunteers will be writing the articles in their own time. So, it might take a year or more to complete postings on the above-mentioned contents.
Their sources will mostly be from the Web. Other sources will be from books, magazines, journals, interviews and others.
On their own, some volunteers are writing the article on the province. Others are requesting help from their organization or individuals. Jane Klee (for Kalinga) is soliciting the help of Judith Bayer, who’s also based in Germany. The second-generation of Cordillera Community in Belgium (Cordi-Bel) is helping Ric Cuyob (for Abra). For the article on Apayao, Igorot UK, through its president, Archibald Nabus, requested the help of United Kalinga Apayao Network (UKAN).
Meanwhile, we plan to post relevant articles that have been written by others. One such article, “Apayao Rituals: Their Features and Significance” by the late Dr. Caridad B. Fiar-od, has already been posted.
Hopefully, through the information provided in this box, the reader will benefit from what we’ve written. So, do keep on visiting and see how we’re progressing.
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