Being able to witness a small portion of the cultural beauty of the Ammutan Tribe is already enough to give me chills and fascination. It made me think how meager my exposure is to the indigenous people (IP) of our country; and how little my knowledge is about the original Filipinos (pre-colonial natives, also called as Austronesians, a general term for this original Pacific islanders. "Filipino" is coined after the Spanish regime's King Philip). I have been preoccupied so much with lowland living, and lately, city lifestyle which has changed my view to how should I look the Philippines as a nation.
A young generation of the Ammutan Tribe, to continue the legacy
With this experience, it would be safe to say that the Philippines is already a thriving civilization before the Westerners came to colonize our beautiful country. We have our own identity as a nation and this is evident by the culture and traditions of our mountain tribes being uninfluenced much by the Westerners.
Smile of an Ammutan Girl
In a barangay called Catacdegan (subdivided into Catacdegan Viejo and Nuevo), members of the Ammutan tribes (and some non-Ammutan people) gathered to celebrate an occasion.
Suddenly, male kids in G-strings and girls in their Tinguian clothes came. Then they danced their traditional Tadek with pride. The music playing sounds familiar but the words... the words were not. It was sung in their Ammutan dialect. There was a language barrier but the mere fact that I am witnessing a portion of their culture has made me think that these people are simply unique and blessed! They can understand my language but I can't understand theirs. They continued their tribal dancing that served as a cultural feast before my eyes.
Kids in G-String
Following the beat
Pretty Ammutan Girl
Young boys of the tribe
Love and Pride
Colorful Itneg Clothes and Accessories
As I am making a research more about these Tinguian tribes, I found out that they are considered as pagans, in a Christian point of view. These pagans worship the nature, have rituals and traditions that give honor to the elements of nature.
...to the tune of a kiddie song, "Jesus Loves the Little Children"
tadek... tadek... tadek...
Proud kid of the Ammutan Tribe
You are reading the Part 1 of my Manabo #TownExploration Series