With the advent of technology and the abundance of information on the Internet. It is funny to still encounter some people who believe on these ancient misconceptions.
There are a lot of misconceptions about us, people in the highland, but here are 3 of the most common ones that I encounter while living in the Metro.
1. Igorots have tails
It’s hilarious to know that some still believe that Igorots have tails. This misconception probably originated from the G-String that men used to wear in the past as a daily outfit.Though it is still being worn on special occasions like feasts, weddings etc.
We all know that Homo Sapiens don’t have tails. If someone is born with a tail, it would have been trending in all types of media.
Yes, we are descendants of warriors but we do not have any relation with Goku or any Super Saiyan from Planet Vegeta who have tails. They won’t be happy to know that they have human counterparts.
2. Igorots are small, dark and with kinky hair
Friend, seems like you are referring to the Aetas. With all due respect, we do have our own identity and they have theirs. The Aetas do deserve respect like anyone else. They would not want to be mistaken as Igorots nor do we want to be mistaken as Aetas.
Igorots are naturally muscularly built (sometimes even women because of our mountainous landscape ) and have different complexions like any other Filipinos. We have dark, brown and fair complexion like any anyone does.
3. Igorots are ignorant
Our Ancient Engineering like that of the Rice Terraces of Banaue is a world marvel equally amazing with that of the Ancient Pyramids of Egypt. Ignorant? Think again.
Though Formal Education reached the mountains later than our lowland brothers, we value education a lot and the current generation of highlanders are highly educated.
Like everybody else, we are Farmers, Builders, Truckers, Teachers, Lawyers, Engineers, Nurses, Doctors, Actors, Singers, Politicians and everything else.
This article is just written for our enjoyment and not suppose to stir up anything.
Hope you enjoy it.
Disclaimer, the writer is a proud Igorot himself and his views do not reflect Baguio Local Eye as a whole.
This is based on personal encounters and may not be true to everyone.
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