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

  • 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 ...

  • AFP Allows Reservation Area To Be Planted With Local Trees To Benefit IPs

    A 240-HECTARE military reservation area at Fort Magsaysay in Palayan City will be replanted with indigenous trees under a tripartite agreement that will benefit indigenous people (IP) in the uplands of Nueva Ecija.

    The agreement was signed on September 6 by Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) Director Dr. Henry A. Adornado; Judge Virgilio DG. Caballero, president of Bacao Ecological Systems and Technologies Inc. (Besti); and Lt. Col. Eugenio Batara (Seventh Infantry Division, Philippine Army or PA) on behalf of Maj. Gen. Angelito De Leon of the Armed Forces of the Philippines ...

  • Rustans And NCCA Tie Up To Showcase Weaves And Products From Indigenous Communities

    The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the Office of Senator Loren Legarda, and Rustan's have partnered to put the spotlight on the vivid and rich culture of weaving by the country's indigenous peoples (IP) through a recent exhibition entitled "Dayaw: Culture and Art Exhibition."

    Roughly translated, dayaw means a song of triumph, which may as well be the tone that its organizers aim to relay: to celebrate the artistry and heritage of our IPs.

    The five-day exhibit ran from June 21 to 26 and was held at the fifth floor of Rustan's Makati. On the spotlight were local weave ...

  • Crafts of The Island

    A soulful rendition of the traditional practices that capture the art of craftsmanship done by hands of Filipino artisans from the different regions of the island chain. Each form provides a closer look not only to the country's native practices, but also a glimpse into the Philippine cultural narrative.

    Wood carving is an early form of art that has fascinated people of different descent. Influenced by various cultures and ideas, Filipinos have long been fanatics of turning various kinds of wood into a unique, culture-inspired craft. Paete in Laguna is known for producing finely carved scul ...

  • Preserving The Culture Of Weaving

    Indigenous groups from different parts of the Philippines practice respective weaving traditions making it one of the oldest local industries observed in the country.

    Tribal brothers and sisters from the northern cluster are famed for their blood-colored Cordilleran weaving, attesting to the fierce nature of the canao practitioners of the mountains. The central groups with their flowery and nature-inclined designs reflect the peoples' calm disposition. South's colorful fabrics serve as an image of the different cultural groups thriving together in the region—Muslims, Christians and lumads ...

  • A Celebration of Philippine Indigenous Cultures

    Most of the indigenous groups of the Philippines will gather together from October to November to celebrate their traditional cultures and heritage in celebration of National Indigenous Peoples' Month.

    Said to be biggest gathering of Philippine indigenous peoples (IP) by far, Dayaw 2014: The Indigenous Peoples Festival, annually held by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), will showcase traditional cuisines, games, rituals, dances, songs, practices and crafts in an effort to engender wider awareness and appreciation for indigenous cultures, which are constantly under thr ...