5 fun-facts to know before dating a typical Igorot guy

1. A typical Igorot guy is not romantic

Do not expect an igorot guy to hold your hands while walking along session road. That does not mean that he does not love you, PDA(public display of Affection) is just not his forte.

2. He is practical

Do not expect an Igorot guy to take you to expensive dinner restaurants or hotels like that of Baguio Country club or The Manor just to show-off. Dinner at Good Taste restaurant a walk in the park (the Historic Burnham Park) would be his perfect choice.

3. He is shy

As the local saying “Nu han nakainom managbabain, Nu nakainom mangibabain” (If he is not drunk, he is shy and timid, If he is a bit drunk, he is a guy to be ashamed of), usually a joke refering to the Ibalois but is actually aplicable to the majority, the Ibalois are just branded as such because of the “Shy mango” thing.

4. A typical Igorot guy does not give flowers

Though his land is where the flowers comes from, giving flowers is not his thing. More practical gifts comes in mind first when giving gifts, those that can be worn or used.

5. A typical guy Igorot guy drinks, if you get lucky he also chews betel nut (moma)

Yes, accept it girls, 4×4, 2×2 or round pose is his favourite beverage. He usually starts drinking in high school. Bettel nut chewing is also becoming more popular.

Disclaimer, the writer is a proud igorot himself and does not reflect BaguioLocalEye.com as a whole.

This is just the bloggers view and might not be true to everyone. The key word is “typical”


  • Laura
    July 22, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    I fell in love with an Igorot guy. We dated for like 2 months before he asked me to be his girl. This post is so cute. It’s so him, haha no offense to those who hate it but he loves a subtle PDA 🙂

  • bonie mosche nava
    December 13, 2017 at 5:12 am

    i love the igorot people..i hope magkaron ako ng fren na igorot..love so much..

  • ann
    December 31, 2016 at 5:22 am

    they’re simply the best no pretentions. they dont have to tell you how much they love you every minute because they always do in their heart
    🙂 #iloveIgorotIbaloi

  • igorot♡ibaloi
    December 31, 2016 at 5:00 am

    they also loves listening to country music, hehe haharanahin ka w/ country songs and songs that are sung in their dialect, 😉 most of them are stick to one 😉
    , date sa jacks goodtaste and i also introduced him to mang inasal haha kumakain kami ng nagkakamay lang no hand guards and he loves it. Theyre not that sweet but there would always be a time that you’ll appriciate it, ung tipong one small act of sweetness kilig to the bones ka na, hawakan lang kamay mo kilig much na, bigla ka lang akbayan during cold season lakas na ng tibok ng puso mo.

  • Yannah
    January 5, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    I am from pangasinan but grew up here in makati…when i studied in baguio, i met my husband and he is from sagada..he is an igorot..i used to notice these kind of personality which is innate to him..since i wanna see the sweetest part in him,i taught him our ways at the same tym i accepted his culture…today he is the sweetest(knows how to do PDA(haha),caring,responsible and most faithful man ive ever known..i will always love him and guess am really the lucky one cuz of him…

  • SuperGirl
    December 14, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    This is so true! 🙂 I fell inlove with an Igorot. I used to love those characteristics.

    I just hate the fact that we cant be together. T____T

    • Laura
      July 22, 2019 at 3:20 pm

      What happened to your relationship?

  • Xhed10
    November 25, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    hahahaha.. i found this a fun. Got a lot of laughter and smile, Yeah

  • Mike P
    November 20, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Good points. I’m the quintessential Igorot during my college days (mid 80’s). There’s a reason why we were mistakenly thought of as “shy” or “unromantic”. We’ve esteemed ladies up high, always mindful not to be brash but respectful of her personal space, security and comfort. Unlike today’s girls, flowers were impractical and considered cheesy but what impressed an Igorot lady is a guy who can carry anything or render labor. Traditional courtship required display of prowess to her immediate family thus romance was pragmatic. Igorot girls back then knew that a guy who spends beyond his means dining on posh restaurants was only wanting to get her to bed. Good Taste or Jack’s or Marosan’s whatever was very realistic and romantic. And that was our world back then, my friends.

  • phoebe
    November 18, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    Love this.. Haha.. Proud IGOROT HERE’

  • karen
    November 17, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    Hahaha,tet-ewa iman,,,

  • charisse
    November 17, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    totally agree…
    if i can add up

    “an igorot guy from the 90’s own a pair of ‘ambil’ jeans” =)

  • letty
    November 17, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    6. Igorot guy loves country music. As if its their driving force when working whereas they dont notice that their job is done. Some would buy a gift to their girlfriend but they will ask their ladies freind or the friend of their girlfriend to give it for him.:) 🙂

  • Lampitok
    November 14, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    ay aye. Ay inayan pay ha mo.
    6. A typical igorot guy drinks. If you’re lucky, he even chews betel nut., and if you are the luckiest, he might even take an empty bottle of cobra energy drink, place it on the backpocket of his levis jeans ( or Jag jeans) and use it as an portable spitting container. Now, that is what you call practical.

  • Precy
    November 14, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Thats right my husband is full blooded Igorot

  • marlo
    November 14, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    Well said. That’s what it takes to be an Igorot man. People from the lowlands has to understand this fact wholeheartedly..so as to avoid tribal misconception and or discrimination.

  • Darwin
    November 13, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    Have you noticed? almost all of the comments are written in english with a least grammatical error. If this post is about lowlandanders. For sure, the comments are written in tagalog or native tongue only. Hehehe. (I am not an igorot but i was born and raised here in the highlands. I consider myself igorot by heart. Hehe. I tried chewing betel nut. It’s nice. Hehe)

  • Bhing salazar
    November 13, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    Im admiring also an igorot men and dating wid him, d r good quite nd respectfull, sooner we plan to get married.

  • Joana
    November 13, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    if only i have known this before…. 🙁

  • bryan faustino
    November 13, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Thats right my friend ..
    Dapat sinama mo narin ang kasabihan na “dibale ay isisa basta LEVIS” haha

    • charisse
      November 17, 2015 at 4:26 pm

      hahahaha… this is my brothers fave line…

  • Brodz
    November 13, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    i dont chew betel nut or drink 4×4 but im a real igorot.I just laugh at the other comments…as we can see now a days, Igorots have many complexities and diversities- what i mean is some are shy and some are not, etcc….but one thing we have in common- HANDSONE,HUMBLE and RESPECTFUL.thats it

  • Mic Canuto
    November 13, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    Proud to be one..

  • csa
    November 13, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    matago tago tako am in igorot guys and igorotas…my dream husband is to be an igorot guy,hehehe

  • Ten
    November 13, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Only an Igorot can make practical things seem suuuuper kilig-to-the-bones romantic. 🙂

    It’s not just what they do but how they do it. It’s part of their charm.

    My Ibaloi boyfriend rarely sends text messages but when he does and may “I love you”, feel na feel ko talaga kasi I know that he REALLY means it. 🙂

    He may not say it directly but if you listen to him sing his favorite country and Bon Jovi songs, you will know exactly what he’s too shy to say.

    I may not be an Igorot but I’m SUPER lucky to be dating one.

    Our future sons will be so lucky because he’s experienced so many amazing things that he can teach them but our future daughters will probably be single until they reach twenty-five.

    Hahaha. 🙂

  • Judith
    November 13, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    I’m purely blooded igorot but grew up in bataan, and every time na uuwi ako ng baguio I saw those igorot guys are so cute and handsome…. Hehehe..

  • Richard
    November 13, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Partly true,but just respect what an IGOROT culture and traditions is as long as were not stepping anybody,God bless the Igorots from the beautiful mountains of cordillera,and all over the world!!

  • Jocelyn Canoma
    November 13, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    True,, not only d Ibaloi’s,, guys are shy but not if drunk,, hmmmm

  • ispo-ok
    November 13, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    ti igorot,(not all )omminoinom nga omona santo maibagana ti ayatna.

  • Moises
    November 13, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Proud to be igorot…guys i like the way how you narrated about us, as igorot. Chat me if you want to date, live and learn the way of true igorot guy. ….kickboxer0627@yahoo.com

  • gichin
    November 13, 2015 at 10:32 am

    To those who have negative comments the writer just want to express his view which he did not tell “ALL” igorots, he just want to tell everyone that “if ever someone would like to date an igorot guy, these are some of the traits that they should accept for it has already been practice by our fellow igorots; hana nga kunan nga amin, accept it or not agpayso met nga araramiden ti kaaduan nga kakailyan”. If ever you or your husband is not chewing moma or not shy it is okay, no need to say such sarcastic comments, chewing moma is already in our culture so accept it, I believe Igorots may have different cultures but they respect each others beliefs so why make a fuss about such things…………

    • Leo
      November 27, 2015 at 5:52 am

      Tay kasiksiken da ed kubaban adi da maka relate

  • rexell
    November 13, 2015 at 9:33 am

    awsome…really true

  • Gabriel C. Pacio
    November 13, 2015 at 9:06 am

    I interviewed many ladies and they said that they are TURNED OFF by a guy who chew Betel Nut. Naka araryek kuna da!! What does chewing momma really give?

  • brengie
    November 13, 2015 at 8:24 am

    in addition to that…igorots are naturally handsome and beautiful…han da unay ti make-up ken han da managji-gym…six-pack abs are taken out of everyday ‘field’ work…basta kasjay…asino man ti igorot dita…maawatan da dytoy..matago tago tako am-en..

    • PaparazziPH
      November 13, 2015 at 10:59 pm

      mga dakil ti buto pa! LOL!

  • kingsss
    November 13, 2015 at 6:50 am

    awan sabong… awan restaurant ngem adda kamote… ok atoyén… addo mët ťí kastöy..

  • Odea
    November 13, 2015 at 6:49 am

    Sussshhh to all with the violent reactions. Its true that the above mention characteristics are not applicable to all igorot men. This post i beleive is meant only to orient those who are yet to meet an igorot guy although i repeat:NOT APPLICABLE TO ALL. She would just be lucky if he happens to be sweet, does not drink, smoke or chew bettel nut.
    Matago tago taku ay igorot.

  • lanz
    November 13, 2015 at 5:32 am

    bsta igorot taraki hehe,cool down guys this is just for fun,if its not applicable to you then ignore.

  • Ben Hayabusa
    November 13, 2015 at 2:32 am

    This is BS! I’m proud Igorot and only #2 is applicable to me to another level because I expect my date especially steady date to pitch in with the bill. Because of my sweetness, my wife (she is Croatian), always melt like a chocolate in my Igorot Hands. I mean this article is junk and is a form of stereotyping! C’mon, we are in the 21st century!

  • Ysabela
    November 13, 2015 at 1:10 am

    Hahaha, bingo! You can not just hold the hand of your girlfriend in public because that’s a taboo according to old folks, she is only your girlfriend and not your wife yet- so no touch ( one way in showing respect to the girl) that is mistakenly tagged as a non romantic action by others. And believe me girls are more excited and thrilled with men who are not showy of their affection in public that they call them gentlemen. Igorot men are not good in PDA because they don’t show you how they love you but they let you feel how they love you in an extra ordinary way. Happy to be in love with an Igorot!

    • langsa
      November 13, 2015 at 4:02 am

      6. Taraki. Can’t even define it by words. But really there’s something unique being an igorot. Guys don’t bother to impress you by giving chocolates or flowers or teddy bears. But when he loves you, mariknam to ladtan. I always have that feeling of being safe whenever I’m with my guy.

  • tom david
    November 13, 2015 at 1:00 am

    Hindi nmn lahat ng igorot ay ganyan..Tulad ko, nagbibigay din ako ng bulaklak dahil libre naman,,sobrang dami sa atin. Romantiko ang igorot kaya,,mahilig kumanta karkaro no naka inom.Umiinom din ako ng tapey pero hindi ako artek. Practical kami..tama un ngem no timmama met ti usok wenno garden, ammo mi met nga agi treat uray iddiay sagada lunch.. he he he. Ti importante met ket nab sug san eges santo nag enjoy nga nangan ti pinikpikan. Awan gamen dayta iddiay country club. No shy type ti igorot,,awanen koma ah ti naka bahag,,..i am talking about myself. cheeerss!

    • Ben Hayabusa
      November 13, 2015 at 2:39 am

      Agree with you Padli. The only part applies to me is #2 but hey even Ilocanos do that, even the Americans where your date will pitch in iti bill nu malpas mangan. I’m sweet and do little things to show affection to my wife.
      This article is just plain bullshit stereotyping crap!

    • lina
      April 19, 2016 at 10:01 pm

      Apay ngay nga agbullshit ka,ibagbaga na lang met t opinion na.No need to say bad words.

  • Roland
    November 13, 2015 at 12:29 am

    Almost all true except for No. 5.

  • Marcela c. Lattin
    November 12, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    I think that is profiling. We can not judged a person from his character. Every person have a way of showing their affections as long as it’s genuine that’s all that counts.

  • Prototype
    November 12, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    you forgot to mention no. 6

    6. An Igorot guy is “TARAKI”

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