I am an Igorot, a Filipino, an earthling. My ethnicity may have made me different, but so does yours and the others out there. Our disparities may be glaring at times, however, if we look through our heart, we will notice our commonality as human beings.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Igorots Forgive Candy

I feel proud when many Igorots stood up and corrected (some are even in combative mood) Candy Pangilinan's racial slur during her show in Baguio City last May, 2009. Such reactions proved once again that the Igorot community, as it has been doing ever since, knows how to assert its rights and will not take ethnic insults lightly. But, I am proud all the more and with great joy when many Igorots individually, and eventually as a group, extended their understanding and forgiveness when Candy profusely apologized publicly. The move of the Baguio City council to scrap the resolution calling the comedienne "unwanted person" and deciding not to pursue any case with regards to this incident are nothing but proofs that Igorots are human and humane. (Click here to read the news.)

To Candy, your sincerity and courage is admirable. You owned your mistakes, you never tried to make excuses. Much more, you reached out and with humility let your apologies be heard. Umad-adu pay koma nan ka-tribum! (May your tribe increase!)

To fellow Igorots who in a way helped others find forgiveness in their hearts, way to go guys! With so much hatred today, the world needs more peace makers like you. Matago-tago kayo! (May you live long!)