There were also bamboo pendants with tribal images like pattong, the traditional dance in the Cordillera, which even non-Cordillera people, including foreign delegates from Canada, Taiwan, Germany, and the United States try to dance gracefully.
Youth Act Now!-Ilocos Sur members also sell hand-made scrap books. Aside from sketching their own designs on the cover, they also made these refillable for long time use.
Other traditional souvenirs were also sold. The Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) prepared traditional souvenir T-shirts; but this time, they used the color yellow gold on the print of the shirts, symbolizing their fight against mining, particularly in Mt. Capcapo, in Baay-Licuan, Abra. Printed on the shirt was their call, “Resist mining plunder and state terrorism.”
Tribal materials and artifacts were also available to showcase the Cordillera culture.
There were different colors and designs of woven clothing used to make the traditional attire of various tribes. Delegates from Abra also sold their handmade bolos.
Igorots from Ifugao brought their handcrafted bulul (Igorot rice God). There were seated, piping bulul and warrior bulul with shield and spear accessories. The Igorot vendor said that the piping has been part of their culture. They believed that through the smoke of the pipe, they could communicate with their dead ancestors and even fight bad spirits around them.
With these souvenirs, money spent is worthwhile. Aside from helping these groups earn a little, patronizing these symbolic souvenirs helps popularize the Cordillera peoples’ culture and struggles. With Aubrey Makilan / (Bulatlat.com)