Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Kalinga Man and His Clothes

If during the olden times, we can readily recognize a native Kalinga because of his/her costume, nowadays, you can never tell if a person is a Kalinga native or not. If he/she speaks the language , then , you can. But if he /she speaks perfect English and dresses formally, there is no way you can identify him/her.

The Kalingans had acquired urban styles, clothing and speech. There are many inter-tribal marriages that brought forth, beautiful and wonderful people. There are also marriages between the urban or city folk with the natives.

Nowadays, pure Kalinga natives belonging to one tribe exist rarely. Connecting roads and the role of education had broadened the scope of the tribal Kalingan.

Proud of his culture, here is Rene, a Kalinga professional in his native costume. He wears polo shirt to work or coat and tie, but is still proud to wear his Kalinga costume as well. Bravo!


tashabud said...

Rene is a handsome Kalinga man. His name is not even Kalinga, so you're correct, one would never know if one is a Kalinga person or not until he/she speaks the language.


kenji said...

If there is one thing ill never forget from our performing group during my college days, its that we should never call our bahags and tapis costumes but we must address it appropriately as attire. just a thought :)

Anonymous said...

I recently inherited a wood craved warrior from the Philippines. I know he is suppose to wear this type of G-string because I saw it years ago. The carving is, to say the least, very anatomically correct. I have the sash but I don't know how to tie it correctly. Can anyone tell me how to do this? thank you in advance