Natives of Baguio City, Benguet observe 8th Ibaloy Day

BAGUIO CITY — The local government unit (LGU) of Baguio City, in cooperation with the “Onjon Ni Ivadoy” (Association of Ibaloys), launched on Wednesday the 8th Ibaloy Day.

With the theme, “Pansigshan Pan-Aatngan” (Let’s Work together for the Benefit of All), the event was held at the Ibaloy Heritage Garden, Burnham Park here.

The observation of the Ibaloy Day opened with a “Daing Tan Tahal Ni Ivadoy” (Talent and Skills of the Ibaloys) at 7 a.m. followed by the ribbon cutting to formally open an exhibit and presentation of books, handicrafts and compact discs on Ibaloy culture.

It was graced by Dr. Ryan Guinarang, a 2016 Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) awardee and a member of the Doctors for Indigenous Health and Culturally Competent Training Education, Networking and Governance (DITENG, Inc.), as guest of honor and speaker.

On Thursday, indigenous ceremonies will be conducted by Ibaloy descendants to open the day to be followed by a parade starting 8 a.m. from the Baguio Convention Center, through the city’s main thoroughfares and convene at the Ibaloy Heritage Garden.

A program will follow with Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Undersecretary Virginia Orogo expected as the guest of honor and speaker.

A historical background of the Ibaloys will be delivered by former Baguio City Councilor Isabelo “Popo” Cosalan.

Also expected to speak in the culminating program are city and Province of Benguet officials headed by Baguio Representative Marqz Go, Benguet Representative Ronald Cosalan, Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan, Benguet Governor Crescencio Pacalso, Onjon ni Ivadoy president Leopoldo Lamsis and vice president Eroll Tagle.

Outstanding Ibaloys will be recognized to be followed by the different “tayaw” (cultural dances).

The Ibaloys are the original inhabitants of Baguio, then known as “bagew” (moss) also as “kafagway” where one of its patriarchs, Mateo Carino, was named by the Philippine Centennial Commission as a Centennial Hero in 1998. JOJO LAMARIA/PNA-northboundasia.com