Tuesday, October 18, 2016

"Apade" - The Igorot Fairies

by: Felisa Daskeo

My father was a prolific storyteller who spiced my youth with interesting if not adorable stories. There was this strange story that was left unexplained.I haven't heard any development of this story since then, but I believe it was true.

When tribal wars were still predominant in our region; an unexplained phenomenon kept my father’s village safe from the neighboring enemies.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

How to Win an Igorot Man's Approval

By: Felisa Daskeo

The online craze brought about by the handsome Igorot had abated and everyone in FB is back to normal life but we will never forget Jeyrick Sigmaton aka Mr. Carrotman. His pictures are still flocking FB and gaining several views and likes from fans.
Image credit by Paul Louie Serrano

After Jeyrick, and Cabbageman who also captured the attention of many people because of his undeniably good looks, more Igorot men came out from their hiding places and posted their pictures. And more and more people are now proving that many Igorots are good looking too just like other Filipinos.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

5 Misconceptions About Igorots and the Truth About Them

by: Felisa Daskeo

Mr. Carrotman’s sudden surge to online stardom has made many Filipinos asking if Jeyrick Sigmaton is really an Igorot. Now an award winning actor, Jeyrick is still that simple and humble man.
Credit to Paul Louie Serrano
Igorots are the most talked about indigenous people in the Philippines today because of Mr. Carrotman who is from Barlig, Mt. Province. Many people are asking the true identity of an Igorot.

Are Igorots really as good looking as Mr. Carrotman?

There’s this one post in FB that said, Jeyrick doesn’t look like an Igorot because he is not dark with curly hair.

There is nothing to be curious about or nothing to wonder about an Igorot because we are actually not far different from other Filipinos. Igorots are the indigenous group of people with traditions, beliefs and practices that are different from other Filipinos but this does not mean that Igorots are people who look different or who act differently from other Filipinos.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

You Don't Look like an Igorot!!!

This is a pure-blooded Igorot's house. She's a CPA-Lawyer.

During the time when Jeyrick Sigmaton, the Carrotman from Mt. Province got the attention of the internet and went viral, I have seen a few awful remarks about Igorots on Facebook. One man was barking like a wild dog and expressing his own wrath over Igorots. I don’t know why. Another woman talked about Igorots being like pigs, to my utter disgust.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Mr. Carrotman is an Igorot

I was awed, shocked, and amazed by what I saw yesterday.  
Image Credit: Paul Louie Serrano

Who is this Carrotman?

When I saw his name tagged with Igorot, it made my blood shoot up in excitement and I could feel that aha moment crawling inside me.

Yes, I was at the peak of utmost joy because I learned that the young man they were calling Mr. Carrotman is an Igorot. And everything Igorot turns me on and makes me rushing to my computer keys.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Sagawsaw is a Ceremony Performed for Someone who Accidentally Killed a Person

by: Felisa Daskeo

The Sagawsaw

The Sagawsaw is a pagan ceremony that requires only the dog as the sacrificial animal. In

In this ceremony, the bile is not considered. It is only the killing of the dog that is important. 

The priest utters some epithets as the dog is killed.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Paypay is an Igorot Ceremony Intended to Call back the Spirit of a Person Gone Astray

by: Felisa Daskeo

Paypay is pronounced as (pai-pai)

The Paypay – this is also a simple pagan celebration just like the Ed-edew but celebrated with a different purpose.

These are the reasons why the Paypay is performed.

1. If a person survives an accident. Say for example a man, woman or youngster was spared from a car accident or any accident encountered.

2. If a person has been hospitalized because of a serious illness.

Preschool Lessons: Letter Mm

Finally, the vowels are all done and you can start teaching the consonants to the kids.  Just like the other letters that you have taught in the past, the consonants also have the sounds that are very important when teaching phonics.  The sound of the letters of the alphabet is a must-learn because the sound will guide the kids when they will soon learn to read words.  As soon as the kids have learned the sound of each letter; it is easier for them to learn how to read the words, except of course the sight words which is another series of lessons for the young learners.

Teaching the consonants is another job that needs a lot of activities if your aim is to create a fun and interesting class.  The young kids need these activities to pep them up to learn effectively.
There are no set rules here to teach the consonants.  But I usually start teaching Letter M. 
As I always mention even in the past articles of mine; always make sure to review the kids about the past letters.  This is a very helpful method of teaching since the kids will have better retention if lessons are repeated every day.  So before plunging into the activities for Letter M, allow the kids to recall the vowels.


Unless you are in a hurry, which I guess you are not; review lessons is a must in the learning process.  First you have to make sure that the kids have really learned their past lessons and the only way by which you find out is to ask the kids.

Start by showing the flash cards again and asking, “What letter is this?”  When the kids have recited all the vowels ask also the sound.  Do not forget to always accompany the letters with hand action of the sound so that they will get used to it which will help them memorize the letters faster.

Introduce Letter M.
Introducing the letters is easy especially with the kids already familiar with the vowels.  But it is better if you add some enhancement to the introduction like this:

“Today kids, we have a new letter which looks like two small mountains.  We call this letter M.”  Let the children say M then let each kid recite the letter.

Flash the letter again in front of the kids and tell them to repeat the letter. 
Introduce the sound of M

After introducing the letter, you can now introduce also the sound of M.  You start by saying; “The sound of M is mmmm.  Just like when you like something delicious and you say mmmm delicious.”  Look at the kids and you will find out that they are all relishing the sound of M and imitating you.  Call their attention by saying; “Now kids, let me hear you all say the sound of M.”  The kids I’m sure will say mmmm excitedly.



Get all the objects that begin with M and show them to the kids.  You can also name some children whose names begin with M; just like Mary, Mario, etc.

Here is a list of things that begin with M.
mask – if you use a mask as a visual aid use those that are not scary.  There are kids who are scared of scary masks so to avoid problems use masks that are pleasant looking.

Here are words that begin with letter Mm.
  • mask – if you use a mask as a visual aid use those that are not scary.  There are kids who are scared of scary masks so to avoid problems use masks that are pleasant looking.
  • mushroom
  • mill
  • milk
  • moon
  • money
  • mail
  • mitten
  • mad
  • mat
  • man
  • map
  • marker
  • mess
  • mug
  • moose

Letter M is one of the letters in the alphabet where you can use several objects.  But limit the objects that you show to the kids to avoid confusing them. It is enough to teach them the letter and the sound.  They will soon discover other things that begin with M.

Teaching young kids is not merely teaching them to sing, read and write.  The best part of being a teacher for young kids is in the way you handle them so that they will have fun learning and be able to cope with school life.  It is important as a teacher to be very observant and see the ability of each child. 

This is the reason why there are different levels in the preschool group.  You should know where the kids belong so that you can teach the kids more effectively.


The nursery is the age group between ages 2 - 3 ½ years old.  We often call this group–the playgroup- since they have more playtime than work time. These very young kids do not yet know how to hold pens and crayons; even if they know how to hold pencils and crayons, it is impossible for them to know how to write the letters immediately. 

You don’t expect very young kids to be able to trace letters for such a short time in school and at their age, they can’t handle writing materials yet so you can let them trace letter M with your guidance.  Some kids in this age group have their own way of doing things.  They can say no or they can push your hand if they are not in the right mood to write.  If this is the case; just let the kid hold the crayon and let her scribble on her own.  Avoid forcing very young kids to work because if you do this the kids will refuse to go back to school the next day. 

The nursery group can accomplish some simple activities and exercises.  Tracing and coloring are the most common activities for them.  For the younger kids, use only the uppercase letters first when teaching them. 

You can also have simple art projects like coloring a ready-made mask.



Older children can already write the uppercase and lowercase letters.  Some can even write Mm perfectly.  If there are kids who cannot write the letter properly, do not worry.  They are still in kinder and they will soon learn to write Mm perfectly as they go. 
You can give the kids exercises that require them to write Mm in the blank.  You can also give other exercises that include A, E, I, O and U.  This type of exercises let the kids recognize the letters better if you emphasize on the sound of each letter.  By giving them enough exercises, the kids will be able to recognize each letter by through the sounds.


Matching type includes both letters and pictures.  You can let the kids match the uppercase letters to the lowercase letters and you can also let them match the pictures to the correct beginning letter.


You can now teach syllables to the kids since you have covered all the vowels.  This is the first time the children will hear about syllables so it is important to show them how the sound works.

  1. Hold the flash card with letter m and let the kids say the sound.
  2. Do the same with the flash card with letter a.
  3. Help the kids combine the two sounds mmmm and aaaa.
  4. Then say mmmmaaaa.
  5. You have to lead the kids to read the syllable.

It is important to explain to the kids that you are combining two sounds in order to form the syllable.  This is hard.  Teaching the kids to read syllables is one of the hardest tasks of being a teacher to beginner learners.  You have to develop a method that will make the kids have fun learning so that they will really listen and learn how to read.

Following the steps above, you apply these to the letters e, I, o and u.  So you have now 5 syllables in a row that read: la le li lo lu

As an added activity you can let the kids read the syllables every day using flash cards before giving them the activity sheets to do.

Here are some instructions for worksheets that you can use for syllable exercise.

  1. Write the beginning syllable for each picture.
  2. Encircle the correct beginning syllable.
  3. Put a ring around the correct beginning syllable.
  4. Box the picture that begins with the given syllable.
  5. Cross out the syllable that is different.
  6. Check the syllable that goes with the picture.
  7. Box all the syllables that are the same.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Igorots Observe "OTOP" to Forestall Similar Disaster Occurences

by: Felisa Daskeo

Igorots have their own practices, beliefs and traditions that they perform. The early Igorots have religiously followed these practices but today with the change in lifestyle, only a few are following the practices and traditions.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Nursery lesson: Letter Ii

It is always important to let the child be familiar with the first letters you taught before proceeding to the next letter. Give your child as many activities as you can and I’m sure your child will easily learn the letters of the alphabet.

 Since A and E are finished, you can now teach another letter which is letter Ii. This letter is often very confusing since the sound is the sound of letter Ee. So you have to emphasize that the letter name is different from the letter sound.

Most young kids will be very confused at first with letter E and letter I. 

The sound of Ii could be shown by pointing your pointer finger up and slowly raising it and saying eeee. This will help the children relate the letter to the straight finger. Letter Ii is one of the letters that children could easily understand because of the sound and the action of the finger going up. If they see you raising the pointer finger then they easily recognize it as letter Ii.

As much as possible, you should refrain from teaching the children that ice cream begins with letter Ii. Children will gradually learn it in the future but to avoid confusing the young children, stick to only the popular sound of Ii just like i in ink, igloo, Indian, insect, etc.

Just like how you did in the letters A, and E, show the flash card and introduce the new letter for the day. Let each child tell what letter is in the flashcard. After that, demonstrate how to say the sound of Ii. As I explained earlier, I use my pointer finger to show the sound of Ii.

After the children have repeated the sound at least three times, get the objects that begin with letter Ii and show each object to the children. Some children can name the objects. If they do, tell them that the object begins with letter Ii.

If you are done, you can now proceed with the activity sheets.

I always start with tracing the letter then coloring the pictures that begin with the letter, followed by other activity sheets.

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Friday, January 8, 2016

Nursery Lessons Aa and Ee

Children who are in the nursery are still very young, so their activity sheets are very simple. You can let them trace the letter you are teaching or encircle the letter or color the objects.

I have prepared some paper works here for you to download and print so you can help your child do them.

Teaching very young children is fun. It is only the start sop make sure that your child is having fun doing the activity sheets so that your child will enjoy studying with you. If you make teaching your child fun and interesting then your child will enjoy learning.

Here's the link or you can click on the downloadable activity sheets and find them.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

"Baskang" - Igorot Ritual for the Newly Married Couple or a Young Family

by: Felisa Daskeo

Like all other Filipino ethnic groups, Igorots have their own practices and beliefs that identify them from other Filipinos. This practice has been handed from generation to generation but it is not anymore recognized by the new generation. Except for a very few, the “baskang” is a never heard word to the young generation.

Cañao Explained

by: Felisa Daskeo

Cañao is a pagan celebration, a tradition, a ceremony, a ritual, a feast, a thanksgiving, an offering, and a peaceful holiday observed by the Igorots in the CAR (Cordillera Autonomous Region). Most of all, cañao is a kind of bonding by the people in observance of a very highly regarded event. Cañao comes in many kinds which I will discuss in my future posts.

A Teacher's Story

The day I graduated from college was the day when a new door opened up to me. I was still recovering from the mild shock of having finally graduated from college. And here comes another shock because I was going to search for a job just after graduation.  What I feared most was how I would be able to handle my class of more than fifty students.

I experienced teaching more than fifty students during my practice teaching but I was only my critic teacher’s assistant so I never worried.  

My critic teachers had been very accommodating and understanding and they guided me and helped me as I taught the young kids. So far, I had enjoyed my practice teaching very much without much trouble that when it ended I almost wanted to stay behind.
Being a teacher was only number two in my earlier plans when I was in college.  I had wanted to be an accountant but I took up education with my brother’s advice.  

When I finally graduated, I accepted that I would never be anyone other than a teacher to young kids since I took up Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.  They say that young kids are harder to handle and discipline than older children and that was stuck in my mind up to the day I was hired as a substitute teacher.

There was no other choice for me when I was finally hired as a substitute teacher one month after my graduation.  I was hired as an emergency substitute to a teacher who will be operated on so it was the only option I was given.  Though I was excited, I was also on the verge of uncertainty.  It was my first job and I was nervous.

Leaving behind the comfort of my home, I headed to a place where I had never been before.  It was a few kilometers from my home which was inaccessible by public transportation.  A remote place infested by rebels never entered my mind as a place where I would be teaching.  In fact I had expected to be accepted in the elementary school near our house but that was not what happened.
I didn’t know how I felt that day when I was finally dragged by my feet into the little hill where the school stood.  Wow, it was a beautiful site and the school was so quiet.  It was still early and the few pupils who arrived early were just sitting quietly. If they knew that I was the new teacher, I couldn’t tell because they just stared at me and then went back to their activities.

The worse news came when I met my co-teacher who informed me of the teaching arrangement.  Due to lack of teachers, I was assigned a combination class of grades 1 and 2. 

I sat on my table while my mind whirled like the washing machine.  I counted the chairs then looked at the list of pupils in the teacher’s record book.  The chairs could not accommodate all the children.  It was another problem I was concerned about. What I did when all the pupils arrived was to let some pupils sit by three’s instead of two’s.   Soon the kids were all staring at me silently.  One problem solved, I sighed.

I discovered that teaching the children was not hard, but fun because they were all well-behaved and cooperative.  They cannot compare to the pupils in the city who are so rowdy and disrespectful to the teachers.  There, in that small village with the small school on top of a small hill, the pupils were mild and very respectful.  I am missing them now.  That was exactly 32 years ago.

Teaching is an interesting profession. With different types of kids around; your hands are full and no boring moment.

I love being a teacher to young kids until now.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Teaching the Parts of the House to Young Children

Teaching the parts of the house to the young children is fun. You can create your own games for the children and you can give them some exercises to do so that they will understand the parts of the house better.

This is often easy to teach because the children are already aware of the different parts of the house, such as the: windows, doors, stairs, walls, ceiling and floor. The only part that is perhaps new to the children is the posts. What makes it harder for them to understand the post is that posts are often attached to the walls.

Here are the parts of the house:

Here’s a game that you can play with the young children.

Get flash cards of the parts of the house and put them in a big box. Call each child to go and pick the flash card inside the box that matches the picture of the parts of the house that you are holding. The next day, you can reverse your game by telling each child to get the picture of the parts of the house that matches the word you are holding.

Games are for fun so make sure the children are having fun with you so that they can learn better.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Teaching Young Children How to Introduce Themselves

Now, it is also important that young children learn to introduce themselves, such as telling their names, telling where they live, their grade, their teacher and even their friends.

We start by asking the child to tell his or her full name. Each child must know his or her name including the family name. Some children can even tell their middle name and that is good.

Addresses are also very important to young children so they must know where they live.

Here are some guides for children. You can let them complete the missing words to complete their introduction.

My name is _______________________________________________________.
I live in ___________________________________________________________.
My telephone number is ____________________________________________.
I am ___________ years old.
I study in _________________________________________________________.
I am in _____________________ level.
My father is ________________________________________________________.
My mother is _______________________________________________________.
I have ____________ brothers and __________ sisters.
My teacher is ______________________________________________________.
My favorite food is _________________________________________________.
My favorite toy is __________________________________________________.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Igorots Have Tails, They Live in Tree Houses

by: Felisa Daskeo

Are you an Igorot?

You probably aren’t, and if you are not an Igorot, you are perhaps wondering what an Igorot looks like, where an Igorot lives and what an Igorot eats. Up to this computer age, the word IGOROT is often frowned at and even laughed at. It is often treated awkwardly like an alien word and most of the time misunderstood.

Teaching the Members of the Family to Young Children

Learning and teaching always start at home. This is why the children should know their family and the members of their family.

This part of the lesson is easy to teach since the children are already familiar with their family members but there are additional areas that the children should know about the family. They should know what each member of the family does and how each member is able to contribute to the family.

Here are the members of the family:

You can use play acting by children in this lesson. You can also use large pictures of the members of the family and what they do at home.

Teaching Polite Expressions to Young Children

Teaching polite expressions to young kids will instill good values early on. If the children are taught the magic words early, chances are that they will grow up with great character traits.

Off course, as I always say, everything starts at home but it is developed further in school. 

The polite expressions that you can instill in young children:

Thank you.
You’re welcome.
May I?
Excuse me.
I’m sorry.
Hello or Hi.
It’s alright.

Children imitate what they hear around them. This is why it is very important to always apply these polite expressions in your daily conversation with them.