FtB Lister Macliing Dulag: In Good Company

Here’s a picture of The Wall where Macli-ing Dulag’s name is inscribed along with the names of other Filipino heroes and martyrs. The Wall of Remembrance (located at EDSA corner Quezon Avenue in Quezon City) seeks to honor those who were brave enough to confront the Marcos dictatorship when most Filipinos were saying, “Hallelujah Marcos. You are the savior of the country.”

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L. Ron Hubbard and Igoroti

Who is Ron Hubbard? Well, you can pick from any of the following choices: a) messiah, b) con artist, c) child prodigy, d) liar, e) religious leader, f) cultist … etc. etc. He is a controversial figure who started the Church of Scientology.

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Excerpt # 2: Albert Ernest Jenks on Igorot Peoples

ALBERT JENKS: In several languages of northern Luzon the word “Ig-o-rot'” means “mountain people.” Dr. Pardo de Tavera says the word “Igorrote” is composed of the root word “golot,” meaning, in Tagalog, “mountain chain,” and the prefix “i,” meaning “dweller in” or “people of.” Morga in 1609 used the word as “Igolot;” early Spaniards also used the word frequently as “Ygolotes” — and to-day some groups of the Igorot, as the Bontoc group, do not pronounce the “r” sound, which common usage now puts in the word. The Spaniards applied the term to the wild peoples of present Benguet and Lepanto Provinces, now a short-haired, peaceful people. In after years its common application spread eastward to the natives of the comandancia of Quiangan, in the present Province of Nueva Vizcaya, and northward to those of Bontoc.

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Excerpt # 1: Albert Jenks’ General Impressions on the Bontoc Igorot

ALBERT JENKS: It seems not improper to say a word here regarding some of my commonest impressions of the Bontoc Igorot. Physically he is a clean-limbed, well-built, dark-brown man of medium stature, with no evidence of degeneracy. He belongs to that extensive stock of primitive people of which the Malay is the most commonly named. I do not believe he has received any of his characteristics, as a group, from either the Chinese or Japanese, though this theory has frequently been presented. The Bontoc man would be a savage if it were not that his geographic location compelled him to become an agriculturist; necessity drove him to this art of peace. In everyday life his actions are deliberate, but he is not lazy. He is remarkably industrious for a primitive man.

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