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Igorot: As Low IQ Lowlanders View it

Philippine education system desperately needs reform. Teachers, both in public and private schools, fail to teach their students that Igorots are also people. Teachers forget to make it clear that Igorots do not have tails. They can only remember one thing: low IQ lowlanders are the only Filipinos and that Igorots only belong to the mountains. Stupid followers of the acclaimed-hero Carlos P. Romulo (who said that Igorots are not Filipinos)!

Parents of the low IQ kids in the lowlands should also undergo special tutorials. They were not able to tell their kids that Igorots are also Filipinos like them. They should be reminded again that it is their responsibility to teach their children how to respect other people, highlanders or lowlanders.

‘Wag kang mag-alala, hindi ako Igorot.

Doctors in the Philippines are invited to study the genes of Igorots. They are encouraged to make their theory why Igorots are all ugly. Doctors should come up with explanations why God made low IQ lowlanders very beautiful and gave all the bad qualities to the monkeys in the mountains of Cordillera. 

Mabaho. Igorot kasi.

Charge the rain with favoritism. When the rain pours, lowlanders are still perfect. They do not get wet. They do not produce odorous smell. But when it comes to Igorots, the rain simply does not like them. The rain makes ugly Igorots uglier. They become smelly. Lowlanders do not deserve to be sitting next to them during rainy seasons. Igorots have no right to smell good. Igorot kasi. 


Enough of the sarcasm and the satires! Low IQ lowlanders cannot understand all those coated words. Call them ignorant and the disgrace of the Philippine educational system!

I just do not understand why there are some lowlanders who still have the erroneous perceptions about the Cordillerans or Igorots. I cannot blame them. Even a news anchor is not aware of the real meaning of "Igorot". He knows that “Igorot” means carved wooden statues. Meaning, his brains dictate him that "Igorots" are not people; they are things.

Let me clear it out that “Igorot” comes from “Ygorotte” which is a Spanish term for people of the mountains. All Cordillerans are Igorots. People in Mountain Province are Bontoks and Applais. People in Benguet are Kankanaeys and Ibalois. People in Kalinga are Kalingas. People in Abra are Abraenos and Itnegs. People in Ifugao are Ifugaos. People in Baguio City (Benguet) are Kankanaeys and Ibalois. 

All of them are Igorots. However, only the people in Benguet, Baguio City and Mountain Province have the courage to admit that they are Igorots. What happened to other parts of the Igorot land? They taught their children that they are not Igorots; rather, they are Kalingas, Ifugaos or whatever they want to call themselves. They are the first people to discriminate themselves.

Now, let me thank some high IQ lowlanders who are enlightened about the real score of an Igorot. They were taught by their parents that Igorots are people who cry, study, sing, act and think like them. They were taught by their teachers that Igorots are 100% Filipinos. They do not discriminate highlanders. They are my heroes.

Look at this "accusation". Is it about the poor hygiene of Igorots or mere ethnic discrimination? 

Christian is a Marketing Communications practitioner in Quezon City. He is an Igorot from Sagada, Mountain Province. To get in touch with him, please shoot an email to christianaligonow@gmail.com.


  1. I'm sorry I'm not updated but who is that news anchor who does not who the Igorots are? It is a shame in the media profession. And you are right, I worked with Abra and Ifugao folks and they don't call themselves as Igorots. I don't know why.


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