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Igorot OFWs: The Resilience of the Cordillera People

Igorot OFWs are a resilient group of people who have faced many challenges in their lives. Learn how they are making a difference in the world.

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Igorot OFWs performing Igorot dances in celebration of the 119th Philippine Independence Day in the Netherlands Photo: Christina T. Moncado, MABIKAs

The Cordillera region of the Philippines is home to a proud and resilient people known as the Igorots. These indigenous people have a long history of migration, and in recent decades, many Igorots have left their homeland to work overseas as OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers).

There are many reasons why Igorots choose to become OFWs. Some do it to escape poverty, while others do it to seek better opportunities for their families. Whatever the reason, Igorot OFWs are known for their hard work, determination, and strong sense of community.

One of the most notable things about Igorot OFWs is their strong sense of identity. Even when they are living and working in foreign countries, they often find ways to stay connected to their culture and traditions. For example, many Igorot OFWs form support groups or clubs where they can celebrate their heritage and share their experiences.

Another thing that sets Igorot OFWs apart is their resilience. They have faced many challenges in their lives, both at home and abroad. However, they have always found a way to overcome these challenges and thrive. This resilience is a testament to the strength of the Cordillera people.

Challenges Faced by Igorot OFWs

Igorot OFWs face many challenges in their lives, both at home and abroad. Some of the most common challenges include:

  • Language barriers: Many Igorot OFWs do not speak the language of their host country. This can make it difficult to communicate with their coworkers, employers, and clients. They may also have difficulty understanding the culture and customs of their host country.
  • Discrimination: Igorot OFWs may face discrimination because of their race, ethnicity, or religion. This discrimination can take many forms, such as being denied a job, being paid less than other workers, or being harassed or abused.
  • Exploitation: Some Igorot OFWs are exploited by their employers. This exploitation can take many forms, such as being forced to work long hours in dangerous or unhealthy conditions, being paid less than the minimum wage, or being denied overtime pay.
  • Loneliness and homesickness: Many Igorot OFWs live and work in countries where they do not speak the language or know anyone. This can be a very isolating experience, and it can be difficult to adjust to a new culture. They may also miss their families and friends back home, and they may feel homesick.

Contributions of Igorot OFWs

Despite the challenges they face, Igorot OFWs continue to make significant contributions to the economies of their home country and the countries where they live. They are also an inspiration to others, showing that it is possible to achieve great things even when faced with adversity.

Some of the ways that Igorot OFWs have made a difference include:

  • Sending remittances back home: OFWs send billions of dollars in remittances back home each year. This money helps to support families and communities, and it also helps to stimulate the economy.
  • Sharing their culture and traditions: Igorot OFWs have shared their culture and traditions with people from other countries. This has helped to promote understanding and tolerance between different cultures. It has also helped to preserve the Igorot culture and traditions.
  • Working hard to build a better future: Igorot OFWs are working hard to build a better future for themselves and their families. They are setting an example for others to follow, and they are helping to create a more prosperous future for the Philippines.

Appreciation for the Efforts and Sacrifices of Igorot OFWs

The efforts of Igorot OFWs are truly commendable. They have faced many challenges in their lives, both at home and abroad, but they have always found a way to overcome them. They are a testament to the strength and resilience of the Cordillera people.

Igorot OFWs have made significant contributions to the economies of their home country and the countries where they live. They have also helped to promote understanding and tolerance between different cultures. They are an inspiration to us all, and we should all be grateful for their hard work and dedication.

Here are some specific examples of how we can appreciate the efforts of Igorot OFWs:

  • We can thank them for their hard work and dedication.
  • We can support the businesses and organizations that employ them.
  • We can educate ourselves about the challenges they face.
  • We can advocate for policies that protect their rights and interests.


Igorot OFWs are an important part of our society, and we should all do our part to appreciate their efforts.

Our society is a better place because of the contributions of Igorot OFWs. They have helped to build a stronger economy, promote understanding between cultures, and inspire us all to achieve great things. We should all be grateful for their hard work and dedication.

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