Yesterday, Splasher forwarded me a letter from Philian Weygan of the Association of Young Igorot Professionals (AYIP) which states thus: “I just got a text message from Mr. Gorospe, the Manager of Barrio Fiesta, Baguio that they have removed the statue of the urinating Igorot. (He called me “Sir”). So that means Jerome and other AYIP followed up on the letter we sent to the Board thru Mr. Gorospe. Sent by email and by hard copy. We still want an audience, but it may come some other time.”
Friends, that was really fast no? Its been a week since we initially blogged about this statue and this immediate and favorable reaction by the restaurant management is a testament to how the efforts of separate yet inter-connected groups of people can help change things for the better.
Here’s a review of how the events happened: We blogged about it expressing our concern, we then sent our love letter to NCIP officials, Bugan sent a copy of the letter to the Bibaknets yahoogroup which is probably the most extensive community of Igorots in the internet, AYIP got involved and sent letters to Barrio Fiesta Baguio Branch, Cheryl Daytec-Yangot informed Inquirer’s Vince Cabreza of the “furor” happening online and he wrote a story about it, Barrio Fiesta somehow became aware that its statue is drawing much criticism and so decided to take it down.
Didn’t we say here (4th paragraph onwards) that Cordillera activists, no matter their political orientation, usually produce results. I’m sure there are other people who also did their part in making this happen. In a future post, we will analyze why our collective efforts succeeded. In the meantime, let’s have an online group hug.