Bloggables 001 - Sapay Koma, Tapis Police, Haikus

Friday, October 17, 2008

I'm starting a list of worthy "bloggable" items in the Web that either features Sagada and the Igorots, or are works by fellow Igorots. This would be the first of such a list.

  • Sapay Koma – Essay by Jhoanna Cruz posted in her blog, Dagmay. If an article makes you cry and laugh at the same time, it’s certainly worth reading. A well written piece on a non-Igorot’s marriage to an i-Benguet (man from Benguet).
  • Tapis Police (Frank Cimatu, Philippine Daily Inquirer) – Read about the formation of a tourist police force in the Banaue – Bontoc – Sagada area. The article notes that women policemen wear the traditional “tapis” and high heels. These “tapis police” are apparently a hit with locals and tourists. I’d like to see a picture of them. Do they just stand behind the desk at police stations? I think so. I can’t imagine them running around the rugged terrain in high heels.
  • Siwat’s Weblog - A 54-year old Igorot, and a stroke-survivor at that, shares his writings and thoughts in this blog. His haikus made me smile.
  • Checking Up on Sagada - Ferdz Decena's latest blog post on Sagada is a photo-essay that only he can produce. I loved the photo of the young girl peeling a fruit. For one so far away from home like me, it was a nostalgic one. His blog, En Route, has multiple posts on Sagada dating back to 2005.
  • Pentax Forum Sagada Gallery. I'll never tire of Sagada Photo Galleries. This one is a wonderful collection of black and white and colored photographs of Sagada by Ansbert, a Pentax Forums Senior Member. The photos inside the church are a must see.
  • Portraits of Sagada – Erick of Tondo writes about his encounter with the friendly people of Sagada. I smiled at his observation that Sagada locals don’t ask money if they get photographed… unlike people from that another tourist town in the Cordilleras. Well, different strokes for different folks.
  • Idiosyncracies– A Bacolod-born freelance writer blogs on happenings in Baguio and the Cordilleras. Includes other topics of interest.

3 comments:

JM Agreda October 25, 2008 at 11:42 AM  

salamat sa pag-link...

btw, (my former teacher of creative writing at UC)joy cruz's blog is not dagmay....Dagmay is the official blog of the Davao Writers Guild.

Naaliw na naman ako sa kakabasa sa blog mo parekoi...dapat may liga na ang Cordi bloggers

Dinah November 26, 2008 at 6:37 PM  

just saw on Living Asia another feature on Sagada and as a Iinoy, i feel ashamed na i dream of going to Thailand and Cambodia, pero hindi pa ako nag Sagada. One of thpitsabese days, one of these days...

Charisse Acquisio February 10, 2009 at 1:23 AM  

hi!it's quite amusing that some people would really exalt cordilleran genre.
Maam Joy Cruz's "sapay koma" truly speaks volumes to cordilleran culture. Sometimes, (most of the time, rather) we could only understand our culture's context via the perspective of an outsider-looking-inside individual.
Once you get to know the author of Sapay Koma, you'd fall for literature:-) She is the embodiment of TROPES.

at tama ka, Jm, dapat may liga na ang cordi-bloggers. Go!