Tuesday, November 09, 2004


Pasiking-An Igorot's backpack

Igorots are the natives of the Philippine's Cordillera Region surrounding Baguio City. Despite being called Igorots, not all of them understand each other. There are as many dialects as there are provinces in the Cordilleras. It would not be uncommon to hear them speak their dialect though with a little bit of English words mixed in their sentences. The Mountain Provinces as the Cordilleras once called were served by missionaries from different parts of the world. In fact, most the Saint Louis Schools used to be ran by Belgian Missionaries.


Blogger R. O. said...

Oh my gaad, i love the pasiking! I used to have sevearl little versions i bought all the way to Sabado's Handicrafts.

11:52 PM  
Blogger ting-aling said...

And sizes too? Sabado's handicrafts.. aren't they just classic?

9:21 AM  
Blogger ting-aling said...

You're like my friend. He claims he's saved his parents a lot of money because his was really sturdy.

1:21 PM  
Blogger R. O. said...

I mean, bought all the way from...

I just love the design and structure and there are several versions.

5:57 PM  
Blogger Sari-Sari Winkel said...

Hi Ting-Aling, just dropping by...Nice blog. It's a good idea to preserve memories of Baguio and hopefully we can learn from the past. I like Baguio and have very fond memories of it. However, I must admit that the last time I visited Baguio in 2002 (on my way to Sagada), I was very surprised with the transformation--densely populated, traffic, hardly any pine trees, etc. The Baguio I remembered during my younger days is gone (but I was still pleased to see Star Cafe, Rose Bowl etc). I hope that people will aim to rebuild Baguio and regenerate it once more to what it deserves to be.

10:23 AM  
Blogger gingmaganda said...

the term "igorot" is a deregatory term used by the colonizers to refer to the various groups in the northern cordillera region (kalinga, ifugao, isneg, etc). this term means something akin to "savages".

they don't like being called igorot either. but yes, the pasiking weave is quite amazing. heehee

6:45 PM  
Blogger ting-aling said...

hi ging,

"they don't like being called igorots either" is not quite true. if there is a a group of people in the philippines who embrace their culture very much, that would be them. their gong resonates all over the world, in australia, in virginia, in seattle, in vancouver.

maybe it is the people who are not igorots who think that way or a minimal number of igorots. i grew up in baguio that's why i know.

thanks for the visit!

3:59 PM  

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