Gaddang

Angadanan, Isabela

The Gaddang once comprised a large group in the Cagayan Valley region and are mostly found in Central Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, and Cagayan. Moreover, they're known by other names such as the Gadan, Gaddanes, Iraya, and Irraya, meaning "upriver".

They can be found in the eastern parts of Ifugao, the mountain province in Southeast Kalinga, and in the foothills of Cordillera ...

Central. During the Spanish occupation, the lowland Gaddangs intermingled with other valley occupants, such as the Ibanags and Ilocanos, while others still, fled to the Cordillera and Sierra Madre Mountains to escape Spanish persecution.

The population is declining as they intermarry with and become absorbed by the larger groups. Their name derives from a combination of ga "heat" and dang "burned", hence, they have have a darker complexion compared to other peoples of the Cordilleras.

The highlanders have maintained their unique culture, including their traditional costumes lavishly adorned with beads and precious stones. For instance, their ceremonial dress and ornamentation are some of the most elaborate and decorative; clothing of Western cut and commercial fabric are obtained from the lowland market.

Gaddang People News

  • Dayaw PHs Indigenous Peoples Festival

    Dayaw PHs Indigenous Peoples Festival

    The 'Dayaw' festival brings together indigenous peoples from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao to share their culture and heritage.

    With October as Indigenous Peoples Month, the Philippines celebrated Dayaw, a 3-day festival with indigenous peoples from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao coming together and sharing their cultural heritage through music, dances, arts and crafts, stories, and more.

    Dayaw means to present with pride, to show ones best with pride and dignity coupled with excitement, and to honor in different Filipino languages. The universal meaning of the word "dayaw" connotes celebra ...

  • Onward Culture

    Onward Culture

    Amid finely selected furniture, home furnishings, holiday decor, and fashion accessories, a group of artisans garbed in native wear enticed local and foreign visitors alike as they showcased world-class crafts.

    At the Hibla Pavilion of Textiles and Weaves at the Manila FAME in 2012, 10 indigenous groups demonstrated their weaving traditions the Ivatan and Gadang traditional weaving, Iraya Mangyan nito basketry, Hanunuo Mangyan weaving, Panay Bukidnon panubok embroidery, Subanen pulaw weaving, Ekam Maguindanao mat weaving, Ata Talaingod liyang weaving, Tboli tnalak weaving, and Blaan mewel w ...

  • Abra, Mountain Province Tribes Agree On Sipat Pact

    Influential leaders of several tribes in Abra and Mountain Province agreed to initially enter into a ?sipat? or an agreement of the concerned tribal leaders for their tribes to undergo the process of entering into the sacred ?bodong,? popularly known as peace pact between the tribes they represent.

    The ?sipat? was reached between Abra Vice Governor Ronald Balao-as of the Balatoc, Masadi-it and Belwang tribes of Boliney town in Abra and Presidential Communications Operations Officer assistant secretary Ana Marie Paz Rafael-Banaag of the Balangao tribe in Natonin and the Gad?dang tribe of Par ...

  • IP Day Assures NV Cultural Preservation

    IP Day Assures NV Cultural Preservation

    Cultural preservation in the province is now gaining ground with the participation of young indigenous peoples in the recent IP Day.

    Various tribes in their cultural attire recently performed their cultural and traditional songs, dances and rituals through the young members of the Isinai, Gaddang, Ifugao, Ibaloi, Kankanaey, Kalanguya and Bugkalot tribes, among others.

    The IP children also performed the singing of the National Anthem and the Vizcaya Hymn in their own dialect.

    These are the "Bendian" Dance of the Kankanaeys, "Tagem" dance of the "Ayangan" sub-tribe of the Ifugaos, war ...

  • Vizcayas Summer Lessons For IP Kids

    Vizcayas Summer Lessons For IP Kids

    While the school year has ended for most schoolers, it starts the annual cultural and traditional learning among children belonging to the indigenous peoples in the province.

    The IP Summer Workshop, now on its fourth year, has been teaching IP children here on the proper native dances, songs and other traditional practices of various tribes.

    The annual program is supported by the Department of Education, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples and tribal chieftains of Gaddang, Isinai, Bugkalot, Kalanguya, Ifugao, Iwak, Kankanaey and Ibaloi tribes, among others.

    The IP Summer Worksho ...

  • Exploring Mt Palali

    The ancestral hunting domain of the Bugkalot, Gaddang and Ifugao tribes, the mist-shrouded summits of the 1, 715 meter tall Mt. Palali stands like an all-encompassing sentinel sprawled across the town of Solano in Nueva Vizcaya.

    Last March 3, me and hiking companion Paulo Ortega went to Solano to ascend a mountain that is getting more and more frequently climbed but little explored. As such, our main purpose is mainly to find out what species of plants and animals live there, rather than just reaching the summit and admiring the view.

    Climbers to Mt. Palali should first get themselves re ...