A Glimpse of Paradise: a Reaction Paper to Bago Tribe Immersion

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Culture is an idea arising from experience…

“There's no such thing as civilization. The word just means the art of living in cities.”
― Roger Zelazny, The Great Book of Amber

Couple of day before the trip, I have been wondering of how a busy-free, smoke-free vicinity would look like. Remorselessly, after an hour of our ride, treasure hidden from the mountains welcomed us in amazement; the sounds of fresh air carried by the green leaves of hope and the golden sunrise peeking behind those mountains of resources. For they cook gold in their pots, they eat plenty of gem thus progressing in terms of their lifestyle but sustaining their culture in the modern times. The journey was indeed indefatigable! The thing is, I am already acquainted with the Bago Culture: we practice most of what they do, their dances are quite similar to what we do in Igorot tribe. However, I was moderately stunned when the performers started to speak “kankanaey” which is our language too. My presumption was that because the tribe came from the amalgamation of the Ilocano and Igorot, their language will not follow. It was then that I realized that they, too, speak both Ilocano and Kankanaey. Thus another picture was added to my storage as regards the culture which I thought I am totally aware of, I got it all wrong. It was a priceless encounter and indeed knowledge-and-wisdom-craving activity. When one is living in a city, some of their ways may appear odd and unusual. Nonetheless, the people in the community is doing their culture in consonance to the norms of nowadays’ generation. When asked about what really caught my impression, I bow down to those children and youths who struggle to sustain their culture. Undeniably, they demonstrate a genuine love for what their ancestors have given them, looking into them as helping agents of what they have now and what they will be having…...

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