Ibanags

Ibanags

 

(also, Cagayans), a people inhabiting the central Cagayan River valley, on the northern island of Luzon in the Philippines. Population, approximately 400,000 (1970 estimate). The language of the Ibanags belongs to the Indonesian language group and is similar to the subdialects of the Gaddang and Calagua-Kalinga mountain tribes. The Ibanags are evidently the members of these mountain tribes who adopted Christianity. Although the Ibanags are Catholics, there are considerable vestiges of pre-Christian beliefs. The Ibanags are primarily engaged in rice and tobacco growing. They have been exposed to strong cultural influences from a neighboring people, the Ilokanos.

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The Ibanags have adapted Spanish customs, but we do have our own cultural dances.
The Ibanags call her "Yena Tam Ngamin"(Mother of Us All) and to the natives of Piat, Cagayan, she is known as "Apo Baket" (Grand Matriarch).
Many of these Chinese had, however, intermarried with locals, and, in Cagayan, they counted among their kinsmen Ilocanos or even indigenous Itawes and Ibanags.
The challenging process- is said to be symbolic of the Ibanags persevering nature and close kinship," wrote Lachica.
Lachica wrote about a type of kakanin (rice cake), a delicacy of the Ibanag, an ethno-linguistic group in the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela and Nueva Vizcaya.