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Now Available: Igorotdo: The Enlightened Warrior Within by Rexcrisanto Delson
Gone are the days when we depend on lowlanders and foreigners to write about our proud culture and meaningful life as Igorots. With modernization penetrating into the deep Cordillera mountains, our fellow Igorots are now able to communicate our story to the world. 

The first book by an Igorot I have read was 'Dateline Cordillera' by Dr. Agnes Kollin. In the book, Lola Agnes compiled her personal essays that track milestones in the region from the pre-Spanish times up to these days when we Igorots are faced with some socio-political issues.

The second book was 'From Gathering Firewood to Managing Energy Resources' written by Engr. Rufino Bomas-ang. It was handed to me personally by Engr. Bomas-ang so I really treasured every moment tracking how he rose from a simple Kankanaey boy to a well-respected state official with the book.

Both of the mentioned books are non-fiction. 

For the first time, a non-fiction book written by a fellow Igorot is available for the world to continue know how is Igorot life in the yes of an Igorot man.

Written by Rexcrisanto Delson, 'Igorotdo: The Enlightened Warrior Within', is all about Alex, an Igorot businessman based in the United States who found inner success by getting back to his estranged ethnicity.

Delson's website says something about his origin: 

"Rexcrisanto Delson is an Igorot-American author who was born in Bauko, Mountain Province, located in the Cordillera Mountains of the Philippines. His parents also hail from the Mountain Province: his father from Guinzadan, and his mother from Otucan. During World War II, his grandfather adopted the name Delson from an American officer bearing the last name Nelson, thus creating surprising and curious reactions from people he meets for the first time. Although living most of his life in America, Mr. Delson remains connected to his Igorot heritage and enjoys learning about other cultures."

I met Delson online when I was looking for Igorot bloggers. In fact, his name can be found anywhere in the cyberspace because he writes for online publications. There was this instant bond between him and me upon knowing that we are both Igorots. And both of us are from Bauko. I just don't know if he still speaks Kankanaey because every time we chat on FB, we use English.

Here's a screenshot of his website: 

Recently, we had a small conversation on Facebook about his new book. In his message to me he stated that“It’s a novel of historical fiction and spiritual transformation.”

Anywhere you are, you can order the book via Amazon. For fellows living in the mountains, Delson is finding ways to make his book available for us. Now, let us visit his website because he is giving away free signed copies of his masterpiece!

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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