Thursday, April 12, 2018

Kalinga adopts Imee

Laoag City—Gracing Kalinga for the second Bodong Festival and 23rd founding anniversary of the province, the Kalinga Sangguniang Panlalawigan honored Ilocos Norte governor Ma. Imelda “Imee” R. Marcos as a “daughter of the province of Kalinga” through Resolution No. 2018-025.

The honor is a provincial tradition for Kalinga and is in consonance with customary ethnic practices. According to the resolution, it is a recognition bestowed upon “personages who have singularly endeared themselves and contributed outstanding services to the people.”

The Kalinga board particularly gave Ms. Marcos the name “Laggunawa”, meaning, “a beautiful and strong daughter of a tribal chieftain.”

Sakto yung pangalan ko, anak daw ng chief—kaya I’ll have to live up to that name. Sabi nila… This ideal is what you should grow up to, so I must become Laggunawa,” she shared.

The province grants their sons and daughters of the province certain privileges, including protection under the umbrella of the Kalinga Peace Pact institution or the Bodong Justice System “Proto-Pagta.”

Ms. Marcos shared, “I am deeply honored by this endowment and I will treasure this resolution.”

She also urged the opening of tourism routes from Ilocos Norte to the Cordilleran Region, “[S]apagkat ang nakikita lagi ay yung coastal—La Union hanggang Ilocos Norte… There’s a very, very rich culture here at kitang-kita na iisa ang ating kultura whether upland, midland, or lowland.

“Kinakailangan na si Apo Whang-od ay maging ‘National Living Treasure’,” she added, referring to the aging mambabatok (traditional tattooist) of Tinglayan, Kalinga. She stressed how tourism could be an avenue for better promotion and thus preservation of culture. (PGIN-CMO)

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