Never have I expected that the whole Igorot community worldwide would extremely support our recent satirical article.

I would recite the words "thank you" ten milion times just to show my appreciation to the overwhelming acceptance of the article.

The blog post proved that the Igorot people are amazingly solid when confronted with discrimination issues. Indeed, only crises can measure how united people are.


We also published an article on CNN iReport wherein I expressed that doing our best in our field is a formula against Igorot discrimination.

I was painfully hurt when I realized that more and more people are living under the shadows of ignorance about Igorots.

As an Igorot, my blood pressure rose when I learned about the posts of Ms. Asuncion. In fact, there were other publicly-shown comments in the past on social networking sites that really disturbed my soul.

I really pity my fellow Igorots for the maltreatment they receive just because they were given Igorot parents.

Some people believe that my move of writing a satirical article to confront the issue was not the right thing to do, advising me to just ignore it.

Really?

They called us cannibals, they called us criminals, they called us stupid, they called us uncivilized…….

And yet we should  ignore them because we think that the more reactions we exhibit, the stronger they become to discriminate us?

Can our silence shut them up?

Can ignoring them teach them that Igorots are not what they thing we are? Can sealed mouths tell these ignorant people that Igorots are not criminals?

Not a good idea I believe.

At least, we spoke. At least, we did something.

If other Igorots remain silent because they believe people will stop discriminating the race if no one speaks, I shall still remain talking.

I pay my taxes. And I believe that if these ignorant people do not know the right description of Igorots, we will do it for them!