It’s a bit of a challenge to find news stories written about our Isneg brothers and sisters as well as stories on the Cordillera boundary towns so I’m thrilled when I came across this story by Floy Quintos.
Floy writes about the Panagwawagi Festival in Dumalneg, a town located between the Cordilleras and the Ilocos. Read it here.
But here’s an excerpt:
For Cordillera heritage, one must go to Baguio, or Sagada or Banaue. But Ilocos Norte?
Why not? We must remember the northern tip of the Gran Cordillera mountain range rises from the foothills of Ilocos Norte.
The mountainous jungle fastness bordering Ilocos and Cagayan Valley are home to the Apayao, just as the eastern ranges of Ilocos Sur and Abra are home to the Tingguian. Where does the Ilocos’ culture end and Cordillera’s begin? Or do they gradually meld together, here in these mist-covered foothills?
It’s good to discover the diversity of the peoples of the Cordilleras, no?