“Pakasaritaan ti Panagballigi”

PNUNL recognizes IP alumni

Being the hub of indigenous peoples education designated through BOR Resolution No. 1865 s. 2012, PNU NL recognized the members of the IP group specifically its alumni through video tribute dubbed as “Pakasaritaan ti Panagballigi” played via Facebook live on October 7, 2020 as part of the National Indigenous People’s Month celebration of the university. 

The Philippines and PNU-NL celebrates IP month as per Presidential Proclamation No. 1906 signed on 2009 which stated that October is the National IP Month. This celebration aims to reveal the cultural wealth and heritage bestowed upon the Filipinos. This is also an opportune time to raise cultural awareness, advance cultural sensitivity and nurture sustainable development-orientation among us Filipinos to our IP brothers and sisters.

Dr. Agnes Reyes, the University Director of the Indigenous Education, lead the team in gathering stories from IP alumni containing their success stories from being student to professionals.  The activity devised by the Office of the Indigenous Education aimed to introduce and present the ancestral domains of the different IP groups present in the region, to raise awareness to the non-IPs, and to inspire other IP students and graduates.

The 15-minute video included the stories of Police Sgt. Nigiel Monchiguing of Mayoyao, Ifugao; Ms. Renalyn Aguyadan of Sanchez Mira, Cagayan; Ms. Bless Pagtan of Tabuk; and, Ms. Eloiza Ulsa of Apayao. Police Sgt. Monchiguing recalled his experience as president of Cordillera Hempangapo Organization which molded him to be active and be confident despite being an IP. Ms. Aguyadan, on the other hand, emphasized that “hindi hadlang ang aking pagiging IP upang makapag-aral ako at kaya kong makipagsabayan sa ibang tao. (Being an IP is not a hindrance for me to finish my study and to interact and conform to the non-IP).”

Sharing their culture through research presentation made Ms. Pagtan even prouder of her origin, and that for her was her most unforgettable experience in the university. According to her, “they appreciated it, and it felt so good that her own culture was recognized and respected,” after enumerating the practices of th

e university like wearing IP attire, performing IP rituals, and having Ifugao house inside the campus. Ms. Ulsa, also, articulated her gratitude as NCIP scholar in PNU, and that opened her to many opportunities like attending international conferences organized by the university.

Arian Roduta, an undergraduate student of the university, shared her insight upon watching the video tribute and according to her, the common challenge faced by the IP alumni while studying was inferiority complex, financial matters, and language/communication gap. At the latter part of their student lives, PNU became their foundation to embrace higher education. “PNU molded and helped them to be confident,” she added. “The video tribute effectively delivered its purpose because of presenting it like a documentary; the hubness of the campus was emphasized, and its role as hub was strengthened—preservation of culture, kasi it is somehow marked as endangered entity in this modernization era. Through the years, PNUNL learned to address the needs of the IP and that it became more emphatic and that it helped eradicating prejudices among IPs,” she concluded.