Over the years, some of our kailiyans settled in Cainta, Rizal and named their settlement the Igorot Village. Apparently, this village is now being listed as a tourist attraction. Nothing wrong with that really. And it’s good that the contributions of the Igorots in their community are getting recognized. But here’s a description written by someone with pre-conceived notions about Igorots. From Philtravelcenter:
The Village covers one and a half hectares and is situated within the residential area of Valley Golf which is sloping downward the hill. There are several clusters of semi-modern houses covered by iron roofs which house Igorot families who settled in the area turned it into a traditional Igorot Village with the support of the local government. An authentic Igorot Village within the heart of Cainta provides tourists a glimpse of the culture and lifeways of the Cordillera people.
Valley Golf 4, Barangay San Juan, Cainta
How to get there: Valley Golf can be reached by jeepneys bound for Antipolo or Angono and from the main road, tricycles are available to service passengers to the village.
Travel time: 15 minutes from main road.
Is that description somewhat condescending? Or are we being overly sensitive/critical? The writer of the quoted paragraph did not obviously mean to offend but there’s something about the description that is just not quite right.
What exactly are semi-modern houses? And why would “houses with iron roofs” be remarkable enough to emphasize? Aren’t such houses as common as jeepneys in Manila? What was the writer expecting? That the Igorots will be living in caves? Or perhaps in underground holes like hobbits? [Although, truth be told, we would love to have a hobbit hole like Bilbo’s/Frodo’s.]