A blessed Cordillera Day to all ka-ilyans of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)!
I am proud to be part of this ethnic group that has one of the richest and most diverse cultures in the Philippines. More so, I am proud of the importance we acknowledge and give to nature and to GOD.
The Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) is the only land-locked region in the Philippines. It is composed of the provinces of Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, and Mountain Province. It also includes the City of Baguio, which is the region’s center.
People in CAR are composed of many indigenous tribes but as one, they are called Cordillerans or Igorots — “people from the mountains”. People from Abra are from the Itneg tribes, which have many subgroups like Adasen, Balatok, Maeng, and Muyadan, among others. Those from Apayao hail from tribes such as the Isnags and Malawegs. People from Ifugao are also called Ifugaos. Those from Kalinga are called Kalingan and Banao. People from Mountain Province are Bontocs and Kankanaeys, among others.
Finally, Benguet, the province I come from, have two primary ethnic groups: the Ibalois and the Kankanaeys. I belong to the former.
The region was created on July 15, 1987 under Executive Order (E.O.) No. 220, issued by then-President Corazon C. Aquino.
Matago-tago tako am-in!