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Calling Us Igorots Dirty? Cursing Them Won’t Prove Them Wrong
A Facebook user is under fire for implying in a comment on the social networking site that Igorots are filthy.

Here comes Igorot warriors who started calling the user “ignorant” and even mentioned about harming the user for saying so.

The user pointed out that Baguio Center Mall is dirty because of Igorots. Everyone knows the fact that the mall has been a nest to Igorot teens meeting up with their textmates.

For years, I’ve been working and interacting with lowlanders who have limited knowledge about Igorots or Cordillerans. Most of them really think that Igorots are filthy.

I do understand why.

A classmate of mine then uttered “Yuck, Igorot!” without knowing that the person in front of her is an Igorot.

When you ask lowlanders, their bases why they say that Igorots are filthy are due to what they see every day.

Some Igorots who chew beetle nuts or momma spit everywhere. In Dangwa Station, GL/Lizardo bus terminal has the reminder to never spit on the wall.

In the middle of the night, you find Igorot farmers dead drunk peeing on streets. They even shout as if they are the only persons on the street.

I do not deny these things. Because these are factual facts!

And I truly find the spitting and loitering filthy. So when lowlanders bring these issues on the Internet, I do not call them “stupid”, “ignorant”, or whatever conservative Igorots call them.

It takes some courage to accept the bloody truth.

Calling them stupid and ignorant for striking us with the truth about our brothers will never ever make us clean.

In return, calling us Igorots “dirty” will not make lowlanders clean either. But we are dealing with the issues of Igorots here (not theirs).

The truth is that advising our brothers to spit into mineral water bottles and disposing the bottles properly will make us cleaner.

The truth is that advising our brothers to be responsible when drinking liquor after getting millions for their vegetables will make us cleaner.

The truth is that the truth hurts. And it just hurt some Igorots now while reading this post.

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.


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