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.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Repainting The Igorot Freedom Park Monument

The monument is majestically placed at the Igorot Freedom Park which is more known as Igorot Garden. It depicts the five major tribes of the Cordilerans - Kankanaey, Ibaloi, I-Bontok, Kalinga and Apayao - in their traditional customs and in their valiant fight for their land.

At day...

... and at night

(Photo from http://ticzticz.blogspot.com)

the monument is a site to behold.

And now... some of the locals wanted to have their mark in this imposing edifice. Little by little, they are repainting the base of the monument using mixture of:
  1. Areca/Betel nut
  2. Betel leaf (ikmo or buyo)
  3. Lime powder (apog)
  4. SALIVA!
You heard it right guys! Here's how the on-going repainting work looks like.

Anyone who enjoys betel nut chewing are free to join in this repainting project. Just bring your own concoction. You may also participate in the chess tournaments in the park while doing this endeavor.

On a more serious note...
May we request the park managers or the city officials to do something about this? How about a signages of "Maiparit ti Agtupra Ditoy" or "Itugot Yo Pagtupraan Yo"?

I don't want to deprive others in enjoying their "nganga" while relaxing in the park. However, our kailians should be responsible where they spit. I saw some using bottle of mineral water to contain their spittle and maybe others should emulate them for a start. It is yukky but much more hygienic than spitting all around the monument.

Ala ngarud! Ken dakayo ay kakailian ay men memmema, no mabalin, adi tako koma aramiden ay pagtubbaan nan monumento ay naisaad ay mangipaila esnan kina-taraki tako. Awet to kanan nan tapin di ipugao ay maid ubpay pangisakit takos nan kina-Igorot tako.