Igorots showcase traditions in Vienna

by Hector Pascua, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau

Posted at May 26 2012 11:24 AM | Updated as of May 26 2012 07:24 PM

AUSTRIA – The Igorot Austria Cordillera showcased some of its traditional, rituals, dances and ceremonies during its cultural night held in Vienna’s 15th District.

Both Filipinos and Austrians were fascinated by the colorful and beautifully-made hand-woven vests, G-strings and skirts, and were likewise delighted with the unique presentation showing the rich Igorot culture.
“We are starting this organization to promote the cultural values and traditions of the entire Cordillera region, and to promulgate its ancestral heritage bestowed to our forefathers. It is high time to talk more about us, about the revolution in the lifestyle of an Igorot, parallel to civilization,” said Leonida Ostermayer-Lunag, chairman of the Igorot Austria Cordillera.
In her message, Philippine Ambassador Lourdes Yparraguirre said she hopes that the group will work together to push for its common objectives.
“May this occasion inspire the officers and members of the Igorot Austria Cordillera to work together in goodwill to promote their common objectives, to promote unity and camaraderie with the other Filipino community in Vienna, and to always reflect in their endeavors the best of the Filipino people,” Yparraguirre said. 
An Austrian guest meanwhile commented that he dances and ritual were “very much in harmony with nature”.
“I do appreciate the beauty and uniqueness of their Igorot culture and identity although they are here in Austria,” the guest said.
Deputy Minister and Consul General Charlie Manangan of the Philippine Embassy thanked Igorots in Austria for preserving their identity and remaining true to their rich cultural roots--a heritage that emphasizes caring, resilience, creativity, dedication to civic duty and profound sense of community.
The group also turned over two books about the culture of the Igorots to the Philippine Embassy library in Vienna.