Defining ‘Igorot’ on Twitter

September 28th, 2009

I was following online commentaries about Kanye’s outburst during the Video Music Awards (VMA) when I came to a post about angry twits blaming his race for what he did. The Nigger bomb attacks gave me a thought: How about checking how twitterers use the word ‘Igorot’ in their twits?

The first thing I caught was Febbeh‘s. Here are the others.

RT @donronx bring me an igorot
Ron Cruz
Manila, Philippines
Twitter account: @donronX

Doesn’t his request remind you of Candy Panglinan’s ‘Hindi po ako Igorot, tao po ako’ remark? Do lowland Filipino’s really equate ‘Igorot’ with ‘statue/wood carving’ and put them on the same level as ube jam and other pasalubong? In college, I was asked by an org mate to bring him back an Igorot. Could he have really meant a wood carving? I have no idea.

RT annaojers igorot black

RT annaojers igorot black

Joanna Ordonez
18 years old
Kentucky, USA
Myspace Account: Anna OJ

Apparently, she was asking about the Negrito, but Nicole shows her misconception by twitting back:

RT @saucyfbaby igorot black
21 years old
California, USA
Myspace Account: saucy|eff.|baby

What do you expect, she can’t even spell ‘indigenous’ correctly. (Am I a grammar/spelling Nazi?)

saucyfbaby igorot black myspace

Twitterer @Febbeh : stupid igorot

September 17th, 2009
RT @Febbeh stupid igorot

RT @Febbeh stupid igorot

Twitterer @Febbeh calls follower @younodakine ‘stupid igorot’ after he suggested she move to the Philippines and do her farming there instead of doing it in Farmville.

She seems like a whitewashed Pinoy na nahihiya sa kanyang sariling balat.

Based on what she wrote in her Tumblr/Twitter accounts, she is 19 and resides in Southside, Las Vegas, currently studying at NSC, majoring in hospitality and minoring in EM. She follows Josh Groban, Pink and Elen DeGeneres, among others.


She makes another tweet (see screen shot below). Judging by the way she writes, I guess she thinks her language is harmless and perhaps even thinks it’s cool/fun to say all these things.

Febbeh says Igorot fuck face

Twitter account: @Febbeh (February)
Tumblr account: Frochii

G1 + GrandCentral + GTalk + Red Mobile

January 21st, 2009

They are saying HTC will introduce G1 in the Philippines this 2009. So I’m waiting for a service that will combine Android and GrandCentral and GTalk in my future G1 with a SIM that would be similar to Red Mobile.

I’d be able to save my voice and video messages together with my SMS online. Even my treasured mobile numbers will be in the cloud accessible through my mobile phone. With a free SIM and the occasional free load. Ha ha ha.

Twitter + Ginx = Digg or Google News

January 16th, 2009

For a long time already, I get to see shortened news links in twits. Now that Ginx is here, it would seem that Twitter can morph to have a service like Digg or Google News.

Gentlemen, when you tell that story, stand in tribute to these gallant Igorots — Gen. Douglas MacArthur

February 7th, 2008

Many desperate acts of courage and heroism have fallen under my observation on many fields of battle in many parts of the world. I have seen last-ditch stands and innumerable acts of personal heroism that defy description, but for sheer breathtaking and heart-stopping desperation, I have never known the equal of those Igorots. Gentlemen, when you tell that story, stand in tribute to these gallant Igorots.

— Gen. Douglas MacArthur

Sources: Time Magazine article and Scott

Of Igorots and independence : Two essays / William Henry Scott [illustrations by Alex Aguilar]
Baguio City : A-Seven Publishing, 1993

I don’t care if they are Democrats, Republicans or Igorots — Kennedy

February 7th, 2008

Soon after the election. Jack Kennedy called his closest advisers together in Palm Beach for a session on Cabinetmaking. His instructions were succinct: “I want to get the best men I can for these Cabinet jobs, and I don’t care if they are Democrats, Republicans or Igorots.” Kennedy’s lieutenants thereupon set forth on the great man hunt. It was a long, laborious and tedious process, checking out the past performances and future potentialities of dozens of men. There were grumblings that Kennedy was vacillating and taking a long time with the job.* But when he fed out the last of his Cabinet choices last week, there was widespread agreement that he had assembled some promising advisers and executives.

Source: Time Magazine article

Brig. Gen. Pedro Baban, Igorot

February 4th, 2008

Read Vincent Cabreza’s article on the first Igorot general.

Brig. Gen. Pedro Baban
Philippine Military Academy Class of 1940
La Trinidad Agricultural High School 1935 (now Benguet State University)

Gwen Garci, Igorot

January 29th, 2008

Gwen Garci is an Igorot. Her mom is from Besao, Mountain Province.

Gwen Garci

Read about Gwen Garci’s childhood background and past love affairs here.

OWWA Administrator Marianito Roque’s comment on Filipino workers in Afghanistan

January 25th, 2008

OWWA chief: OFW’s death in Kabul justifies ban
Sunday, January 20, 2008

The death of overseas Filipino worker Zennia Aguilan in Kabul, Afghanistan, has given the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) reason to insist that the total deployment ban to four strife-torn countries is justified.

Thirty-one year old Zennia Aguilan, a spa supervisor at the bombed luxurious Kabul Serena Hotel, died of serious injuries she sustained from the bombing. She was one of eight people killed during the attack reportedly done by the Taliban insurgent group who commandeered the hotel and later blew off a bomb.

In a report posted at the news website of GMA 7 television network, OWWA Administrator Marianito Roque said her death proves that there no safe place in Afghanistan and other strife-torn countries where the Philippine government has prohibited the deployment of workers.

Aguilan, a graduate of a course on physical therapy in San Carlos City, Pangasinan, arrived in Afghanistan in July and started working at the Spa Resources International owned by a European. The spa is at the Serena Hotel in the Afghan capital of Kabul.

“Napag-alam natin na sa Dubai siya galing, and from Dubai inilipat siya sa Afghanistan. Kapag ganyan na cross-country ang deployment sa mga bansa na may ban tayo, wala tayong magagawa na maawat sila [We discovered that she came from Dubai, and from Dubai, she was transferred to Afghanistan. If the deployment was cross-country, to another where we have a ban, we can’t stop them,]” Roque said.

Aguilan first worked in Taiwan in 2004, moved to Dubai in 2006 and tried her luck in Afghanistan in July 2007.

On December 17, 2007, the Philippine government banned the deployment of Filipinos to Afghanistan. The ban on deploying workers to Iraq has been in effect since 2004 when the war erupted, and on Lebanon since July 2007.

The ban on Nigeria was imposed in January 2007 following the abduction of 24 Filipino sailors by militants.

Host countries of OFWs have no obligation to inform the Philippine government of a worker’s movement from one country to another, including in countries where deployment is prohibited, according to Roque.

Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo on Monday asked Filipino workers in Nigeria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Lebanon to look for jobs elsewhere if they still want to go abroad.

“Our aim is to protect citizens from harm’s way,” said Romulo in a press conference in Makati to launch a partnership with Ayala Foundation for the country’s hosting of the Global Forum on Migration and Develop­ment in October.

“There are other places they could go to. I hope they are only thinking that we are looking after their welfare,” Romulo asserted.

Meanwhile, Malacañang has assured that the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will provide necessary assistance to the family of a Filipina overseas worker killed in a five-star hotel terrorist attack in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Press Secretary and Presidential Spokesman Ignacio R. Bunye said in a press briefing that President Gloria Arroyo has instructed the DFA and the DOLE to coordinate with the Kabul authorities to ship back home the remains of the victim as soon as possible.

Mrs. Arroyo also directed the two agencies to ensure the safety and welfare of all Filipino workers in Kabul.

As its initial response, the Philippine Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, sent a consular team to Kabul to assist in the repatriation of the Filipina’s remains. [Manila Times]

Jocelyn Dulnuan

January 25th, 2008

Jocelyn Dulnuan, 27, was murdered in a plush neighborhood of Mississauga City last October 1. Police have arrested two Latin American immigrants for the murder.