|Trying to become an Igorot through wearing their clothes for a little moment|
Oh wow! Why not try? But of course, they do this for a living so you have to pay them 15 pesos with unlimited shots from your camera of course. Should you wish to use some props, you need to pay about 20 to 30 pesos [I can't remember the exact amount].
Since Mines View Park is frequented by tourists, you can't avoid hundreds of people to see you but there's nothing to be ashamed of because some other visitors will also come and try that thing.
The red color of the clothes is always iconic. I have never seen a "bahag" consisting of dominant colors other than red, have you?
It is always red and nothing but red. That is the identity of their cultural or tribal clothes.
It was a feeling of pride because there's no way an Igorot should be ashamed of because their culture is in fact helping many people to earn a living.
Without the Igorot culture, there will be no dress like that, no experience to try, and for sure the man who chased after me will surely have no job to earn for a living right now.
See? Their culture is linked to tourism with some economic advantages.
Their value is priceless and we can not afford to bash them. They have made the life of Baguio so colorful and so cultural that eveyone can not experience anymore if the culture will turn extinct.
So to continue experiencing their culture, we must also learn to love them, respect them and don't you ever become ethnocentric because a lot of Igorot nowadays have turned to be lawyers, legislators, physicians, politicians and other professionals.
In fact, the Igorot people is in the first place more superior compared to us [somehow] who live in the lowlands and based on Manila or in the cities because they have their own cultural identity such as their clothes which we don't have.
They speak their own dialect which means they can speak up to 4 languages [their local dialect, the regional language - Ilocano, national language - Filipino and the international language - English].
Never underestimate them because you'll just get embarrassed at the end of the day. Without their culture, I may not be able to blog this post and you might not be able to read this article because no Igorot topic to talk about. Everything comes with a purpose and the Igorot people are just an important entity to our society.
For a span of 30 minutes wearing that clothes, I felt like I was just an Igorot because a lot of insights have consumed my mind - the respect, the love and the value for that amazing culture./end