"...a lowlander can still witness their way of living, their traditions and everything a lowlander needs to know about their culture."

It was hard to start this post because I was left speechless. The love for my country, and for my fellow Filipinos up in the mountains was stirred. The Igorot people, known for their headhunting culture are often mistreated these modern days. [Some] people from the lowlands see them as inferior people, with tails and black-magic chants. I would say, those people who tell those myths are the most ignorant of their kind.

The tribes of the Mountain Province, a land-locked province situated at the heart of the Cordillera mountains in Luzon island, the Philippines, converged in the cool and lovely capital town of Bontoc. They left their rice fields carved in the mountains (an exceptional engineering feat through the rice terraces) to showcase their distinct culture... their identity.

There I witnessed a culture of unity and respect, a showcase of resiliency and ingenuity and an extravagant display of talent and distinct identity. It was the Lang-ay Festival -- unique, authentic, pure, enlightening, educating and heart-warming!

Lang-ay Festival | Bontoc, Mountain Province

Igorot man


They wear the clothes used by their ancestors - although some older Igorots in Mt. Province still use it at home. We have to admit that embracing the modern world is inevitable. These clothes are no longer worn casually by the younger generations of the Mt. Province tribes and even for the rest of the Cordilleras. Thanks to this festival, at least, it is not yet totally gone and me as a lowlander can still witness their way of living, their traditions and everything a lowlander needs to know about their culture.

Lang-ay Festival happens every 1st week of April which coincides with the foundation day of Mountain Province.

Lang-ay Festival | Bontoc, Mountain Province
Lang-ay Festival | Bontoc, Mountain Province
Lang-ay Festival | Bontoc, Mountain Province

Lang-ay Festival | Bontoc, Mountain Province
Lang-ay Festival | Bontoc, Mountain Province
Lang-ay Festival | Bontoc, Mountain Province
Lang-ay Festival | Bontoc, Mountain Province
I can't seem to find the best words to describe this festival that I witnessed. It consumes me. It overwhelms me. 

Hundreds of people danced on the streets -- children, teens, adults, and even the senior citizens. It is about the love for their culture. It was purely a cultural display -- not commercialized, not really for tourists but for anyone who wants to witness the Igorot way of life, culture and traditions.

Please allow me to share additional photos of the Lang-ay festival I just witnessed. The photo gallery is situated below.
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EDMAR GUQUIB

Born and Raised in Vigan, Philippines. Hardcore Ilocano. Genuine Bigueño. Sucker of Long Land Trips. Loves the Highlands. Professional Nurse on Weekdays. Coffee Addict. Travel Blogger in Between. For sponsorship, advertising, event invites and collaborations email me at edmaration@gmail.com.

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  1. Thank you so much edmaration#town explorer for posting pictures of our very own Lang-ay Festival in Bontoc 2013.i was able to see again our dances, clothes and everything our culture is proud of. I thank you also for your very uplifting comments regarding our Igorot culture,me being a genuine igorot is so proud of being called an igorot,being looked down by some lowlanders who never witnessed ours,i'm happy that you were able to go there and witness our rich culture and hospitality.God Bless you young man,you are always welcome in our very own Mountain Province.felizacamba@yahoo.com

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  2. Anonymous (felizacamba) | I sure will always be back there. There are still more stories I am going to write and more pictures to post. I know that somehow, I have fallen in love with Mountain Province, the people and the good parts of the culture! I might go back this September, crossing fingers :)

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