How to Spot an Igorot.

So what clues/signs/evidence do you see in people that makes you exclaim, “Aha! Igorot ka anya?” It takes one to know one, ika nga.

Here are some interesting insights from “forumers” of Cordillera Online on “spotting” an Igorot:

1. Medyo singkit.

2. Nakaleather piman uray summer.

3. Best in English.

4. Na ehteng ti rupa na.

5. Pati nan dapan na.

6. Pag cowboy ang dating!!..can sit anywhere!!..walk a long mile..bilog ang magaganda syempre…hindi sila guwapo!!..TARAKI sila

7. Long hair, leather jacket with a pointed boots like the cowboy style..with the hat…for girls naman the braided long hair…they talk ibaloy, kankanai any cordillera dialect. of course..old folks still use the g-strings along with the skirts na strips with different colors. I used to see a grandpa using a coat and a g-string oh one thing more, you guys walk differently.

8. Nakabarong, ngem adda paylaeng na-inayun nga inabel idiay sango. (Diay barong ni APO DOMOGAN.)

9. Sagada or other native woven bags, accesories.

10. No mapanda diay lowlands ket reddish ti rupa da haan nga blush ah rosy cheecks kano.

11. Agsisinnurot da nga magna.

12. Their jeans mostly are “PADA-IT”, with most guys they wear fitted jeans, and u can easily recognized them because they are “BADOY” though they’re good looking para makabawi ako.

This is my contribution: Ti Igorot, ammo da nga ag-yodel. You want proof? Here’s an Igorot yodeler over at You Tube.

If you have suggestions on Igorot-spotting, join the Cordillera Onliners here.

6 thoughts on “How to Spot an Igorot.”

  1. how to spot an ibaloi: they are the guys who stays near the walls of a room in a social gathering, and jaz smiles(ngishit) if ask to go in front. They point to one another when called, (sikam ga!).;they say “eh eh” instead of i’m sorry.;they always use the word “timing”.;they have “wat wat” on the inside pocket of their jacket carried on one shoulder, and a toothpick protruding from their mouth,(this is when they come from a party.).;

  2. they mix their dialect with English example: Teacher: man explain ka why you were absent yesterday.

    Student: Ma’am, adi ak inmali yesterday ta nan fever si baby.

    Sounds good?

  3. Ha ha. Totoo yan. iBesao daw nagsabi niyan he he. Or baka naman maraming nagsasabi niyan talaga. Yong iSagada naman daw, “Ala-em nan milk isnan cupboard.”

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