Sagada, Mountain Province

Igorot, or Cordillerans, is the collective name of several Austronesian ethnic groups in The Philippines, who inhabit the mountains of Luzon. These highland peoples inhabit the six provinces of the Cordillera Administrative Region: Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Kalinga, Ifugao, and Mountain Province, as well as Baguio City.

Igorot People News

  • World IP Day Native Cordillerans Push Right To Self-determination

    World IP Day Native Cordillerans Push Right To Self-determination

    The Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) will lead the tribal folk of the Cordillera Region in marking World Indigenous Peoples Day on August 9, 2017 with a vow to further assert their right to self-determination.

    Our common plight as indigenous peoples experiencing national oppression, discrimination, development aggression and human rights violations strengthens our resolve to unite with indigenous peoples and other oppressed sectors in the Philippines, as well as our brothers and sisters in other nations, stated CPA Chairperson Windel Bolinget.

    He said the intensifying plunder and exploi ...

  • Livelihood From Traditional Art

    Loom weaving in the province is being revived with the help of local as well as from national government agencies.

    The artistic creation and subsequent mass production through loom weaving in this town is part of the cultural and traditional practices among the Igorot natives. Weaving was done by their ancestors and elders to produce blankets and their traditional clothing.

    The blankets were used for rituals, specifically for wrapping their dead kin and for the bones of their previously deceased loved ones.

    Woven blankets were also used as warmers during the cold season, especially fo ...

  • Cordillera Autonomous Region Marks 30 Years

    Cordillera Autonomous Region Marks 30 Years

    Workers and officials from various government line agencies and representatives from other civilian as well as non-governmental organizations marched from the Benguet Provincial Capitol Grounds to Wangal Sports Complex here to mark the 30th anniversary of the Cordillera Autonomous Region as a regional political administrative entity.

    The occasion was dubbed CAR @ 30, A celebration of Cordillera Unity.

    On July 15, 1987, 30 years ago, under the Executive Order 220 of then President Corazon Aquino, the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) was established composed of Mountain Province, Ben ...

  • The Hanging Coffins Of Sagada In The Philippines

    The Hanging Coffins Of Sagada In The Philippines

    The people of Sagada follow a unique burial ritual in which the dead are buried in coffins which are tied or nailed to the side of cliffs. These ?hanging coffins? can be found in various locations like China, Indonesia, and the Philippines. This culture buried their dead on cliffs for centuries because they believed that they will be closer to heaven and that the younger generations will benefit spiritually from this ritual.

    In the Lumiang Burial Cave, located on a hilltop called Echo Valley, lay a stack of coffins which enclose some of the oldest Igorot ancestors who have laid their dead. ...

  • 1,300 NCIP Scholars To Plant Trees

    1,300 NCIP Scholars To Plant Trees

    Some 1,300 beneficiaries of the government's Educational Assistance Program (EAP) under the Cordillera office of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP-CAR) will participate in the regreening of the region's forests through tree planting activities involving them and the members of their families.

    Lawyer Roland P. Calde, NCIP-CAR regional director, said under their new program, each of the scholars will be required to plant 10 tree seedlings per semester during the duration of their EAP scholarship to boost the efforts of the government in inculcating among the youth the import ...

  • Cordillerans Urged To Harness Culture In Promoting Regions Ethnicity

    Some elements of culture among Cordillerans in arts, craftsmanship, traditional techniques and practices, environmental protection which may be tapped and harnessed for the promotion of the Cordillera region's ethnicity within the Southeast Asian perspective of culture of sharing

    Professor Felipe de Leon Jr., former National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) chairman, who was one of the resource persons in the Association of Southeast Asian (ASEAN) Multi-Sectoral Forum in Benguet on June 30, shared this as he stressed the need to harness such elements of culture built upon communa ...