Aside from answering our questions Rosita Pinkerton, author of An Igorot’s Journey, generously sent us a copy of her book which we really enjoyed reading. Here is what we wrote Rosita after reading the book:
I hope more Igorots will be able to read it because it is a thoroughly enjoyable read. I felt like I was part of the journey. I laughed at the humorous parts, felt bad at the tough parts, and kept turning the page to see what happens next.
It was funny that when I was nearing the end of the book, I decided to read it very slowly because I didn’t want the book to end. I eventually finished reading it but look forward to reading it again. Soon.
One of the things that makes the book so special is the fact that it was easy to visualize. By telling your own story, I think you were also telling the stories of other Igorots. I’m sure a lot of us can easily identify with the seemingly endless mountain hikes, the sunflower leaves used as poultice, the discrimination by non-Igorots, life in the mines, the practice of communicating with ancestors, and the other things you wrote about in the book.
It’s hard to describe what I felt while I was reading your book but it was a very positive feeling. It was very much like what I felt when I first listened to Lourdes Gomeyac Fangki/Elmer Hull’s first album, or the first time I heard Ben Moga doing a report about Mt. Province on DZWT, or the first time I saw Marky Cielo on TV being proud of his Igorotness. What you all did is to put us on the map. And this makes me feel proud that a fellow Igorot has achieved something that we can all be proud of.
Meanwhile, here are the reactions (written in the book’s outside back cover) of other people who read An Igorot’s Journey. I must say that I agree with all of them.
Congressman Mauricio Domogan (Baguio City): As one who was born and raised in the area Rosita Pinkerton writes about, and having experienced similar difficulties in life, I am deeply touched by her story. Truly a vivid picture of life, discipline, and culture in the mountain provinces.
Dr. Caridad Fiar-od (Mt. Province State Polytechnic College): An Igorot’s Journey takes readers on an exciting journey while giving a very clear account of the Igorot’s survival skills, values, protocols, beliefs, and practices.
Lillian Cunningham (Windward Community College): The narrator is generous and empathetic as she learns how to live in unfamiliar worlds, and the tales she tells linger like memory in the reader’s mind.
NOTE: I can lend the book to Manila-based people. Email me or express your desire to borrow it in the comments. But promise to return it or else I will tell the whole world to not lend you a book ever. Hehe. Non-Manila based people, particularly those living in the First World, should buy copies of the book and give it as a gift to themselves or to others 🙂 It is a good gift for this coming Christmas season (which, as is often the case, already started in Manila).
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