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.
While we were googling the internets, we came across this website about An Igorot’s Journey, a book written by Rosita Pinkerton.
Timidly (yes we can be quite timid) and praying that she will say “Yes”, we wrote the author to ask whether it would be okay if we interview her about her book.
While we are on the subject of Igorots in Candon, here’s a story about the three Igorot chieftains who once ruled the village. Incidentally, Candon is named after the kandong tree which once stood in the village’s center. (I can’t find a picture of a kandong tree but the one at right is a quandong tree which may or may not belong to the same family of trees as this legendary kandong tree.)
This village, so the legend runs, was ruled by the three local chieftains: Abay-a, Madalang, and Kalinio. Madalang chose as his abode the shade of this gargantuan tree together with his only daughter, the beautiful Ineng.
Here’s an interesting story on how Santa Marcela, Apayao got its name. This story is taken from the town’s website (stamarcela.gov.ph). Sta. Marcela is reportedly the youngest and the smallest municipality of Apayao Province.
SURE HEDWIG CAN CARRY MAIL
BUT CAN HE HARVEST RICE?
Its been sometime since we posted a Cordillera folktale. This being the new year, its about the right time to post a new one. This tale is about a flock of birds who help a man gather his harvest. Eat your heart out J.K. Rowling, your owls in the magical world of Harry Potter can only carry mail while the tikgis in the highlands of Abra can harvest rice and make them grow faster too.