Baguio’s original settlers, the Ibaloy, start October with their annual festival where the 22 clans not just from the city but neighboring towns trace their ancestry and interconnectivity. “We all came from one,
each clan is related to another not just here but also from neighboring towns,” said Lynette Carantes – Bibal, who said that Tunton or tracing the interconnectivity will be the main theme in this year’s festival
for the people which inhabited the city long before the Americans came here.

“We are able to trace our ancestry from five generations or nearly 150 years,” said Carantes-Bibal, a theater and recently a film maker who won an award for a documentary of his late father, Geoffrey Carantes, a historian, artist and councilor of La Trinidad. “Some even traced their ancestors from 500 years ago,” she said or even before the Spaniards came to the Philippines.

Families like the Carantes of Loakan and New Lucban, the Carinos, that include the Hamadas and Okubos, have come out with booths showing their ancestry or family three. The booths are found at the
Ibaloy Park at Burnham Park. “We are all related and we look up to our ancestors who actually define who or what we are,” said Carantes-Bibal. “That is the Ibaloy way, what defines me or the new generation is their ancestor. We are nobody without our forefathers or mothers,” said the CarantesBibal, who is half Pangasinense.

The festivity which will culminate on October 29 will also have workshop on dance, songs, and chants, and finally, exhibition of their distinct traditional attire, Ibaloy altar, tools and materials. The event is spearheaded by the Onjon ni Ivadoi led by president Max Edwin Bugnay. “I am an Ibaloy, and I am
proud of where I come from and the rich culture we have,” said Pamela Carino-Bomogao, descendant of Sioco Carino, the eldest son of Mateo Carino, who owned most of the land around the old Kafagway until Camp John Hay including most of Burnham, the City Hall grounds and all the way to Tuba. Campo
Sioco was named after him.

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