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Over the past decade, ancient DNA research has revealed some surprising aspects to our evolutionary history during the past 50,000 years. Perhaps the most startling of these has been the extent to which the ancestors of living people across the planet interbred with other closely related species of human. There's no doubt that different groups of people can look very different from one another. Some genes are involved in observable characteristic differences, and some are involved in musculature-related phenomena.

Many people focus on these, ignoring the vast majority of genes whose differences are insignificant. As migration increases around the Philippines, and the world, features that might previously have allowed our eyes to classify people will undoubtedly become blurred.

Then the small fraction of DNA differences that differ between populations will become even smaller. In the ancient Philippines, these DNA differences were explained by myth and folklore. Two such stories from the Ibaloi people of the Northern Philippines involve Star Maidens who came from the sky.

#Ibaloi #StarMaidens

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Benguet kids with Kayabang (carrying basket). Date unknown.

#Benguet #Kayabang #Ibaloi

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The 13th Adivay Festival opened here on Monday, coinciding with the 118th foundation anniversary of the province, for which various simple activities have been lined-up.

"Our celebration of Adivay will continue. The festival is already an institution," Governor Crescencio Pacalso said during the special edition of "Kapihan" at the provincial capitol.

The Adivay Festival was first staged in 2005. "Adivay" is an Ibaloi term that means "coming together". The celebration is a gathering of Benguet's 13 towns in this provincial capital, with focus on the culture and products of the municipalities

#Adivay #Benguet #Ibaloi

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Soldiers part of the United States Armed Forces in the Philippines-Northern Luzon (USAFIP-NL) 66th Infantry Regiment of the Philippine Commonwealth Army during WW2.

Most of the 66th Inf. Reg. soldiers were from Benguet Province of the Ibaloi tribe. They were just a small part of a larger group of Igorot soldiers who fought in WW2. For clarification, yes, they were armed with modern rifles and equipment not spears and axes.

During the Philippine-American War, some Igorot tribes sided with the Americans after suffering maltreatment by their fellow Filipinos. However, the Cordilleras became a refuge for Gen. Aguinaldo as he escaped the pursuing Americans. In WW2, the USAFIP-NL 66th Infantry Regiment, Philippine Commonwealth Army, consisting of mostly Igorot soldiers, helped fight Gen. Yamashita's dreaded Imperial Japanese 14th Army Division -eventually leading to Yamashita's surrender in Kiangan, Ifugao.

#Igorot #soldiers #WW2 #Ibaloi #Benguet #Cordillera #Yamashita #Aguinaldo

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Teresa Soliweg, an Ibaloi, was a potato farmer before she was tapped by Shopwise -- now a big grocery chain -- to supply Baguio vegetables for their first store in Alabang.

"Isa ako sa unang suppliers ng Shopwise. Twenty years na mula noong binuksan nila 'yong store sa Alabang," she recalled.

In the early years of her business, Soliweg personally handled the whole process -- from planting the seedlings to shipping the produce.

Hands-on participation in the supply chain is the secret to business longevity, she said. She had her fair share of sleepless nights and groggy mornings, especially during bad weather when landslides closed all roads that connect the North to the South.

It appears now it was worth it.

She now owns two trucks, which deliver fresh produce straight from vegetable farms in La Trinidad, Benguet.

According to Soliweg, this stable income covered the school fees of her siblings and other relatives. She also managed to build a comfortable home for her family.

#TeresaSoliweg #Ibaloi #farmer #Shopwise

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These are my top 24 best Igorot songs (Kankana-ey & Ibaloi) compilation.

Title of the song and the Artist:
Layad- Fr.Mario Tambic
Into Pay Dadin Agew-Mr. Jomar Kupido
Ekakanas-Mr. Richard Ligmayo
Eskwelaan- Mr. Jason Blaza
Laylaydek Sik-a- Mr. Hardy Caligtan
Kaman Nina-Ivan Rufino(Kabunian Band)
Bain Ko-Mr. Jomar Kupido
Sabong Shi Bahong-Mr.Cesar Pasiw
Pangaasim- Mr.Greg Daganos
Udan- Mr.Ivan Rufino(Kabunian Band)
Egtayo Panshanagan-Mr.Listo Langbis
Semek- Fr.Mario Tambic
Sakripisyo-Mr.Jefferson Anton
Baro ay Desidido-Mr.Moiner Jose
Adik Malinglingan-Mr.Mark Mendoza
Salamat Ta Wara Ha-Ms.Christine Maye Wagner
Begew en Sik-a-Ms.Lorna Isang
Baro ay Gardenero-Mr.Sendong
Naeyak Ading- Mr.Moiner Jose
Tet-ewa ay Layad-Ms.Rizelle Soliba
Sissiwit-Simple Tone Kalinga
Tulagen Ta's Padi- Mr.Joery Pocte
Sik-a Kod di Mangibaga-Mr. Jefferson Anton

#IgorotSongs #IgorotCountrySounds #Kankanaey #Ibaloi

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