Last March 1, we attended the opening of “Ili ay Cordillera” which translates to “Cordillera Village”. This effort by The Manor at Camp John Hay is to serve as a window into the rich cultural heritage of the Cordilleras. Many came to attend the launching of this “mini-village” and got to experience the different aspects of Cordilleran culture.
In this “tiny village”, several huts surround a stone circle. One of them is the weavers hut, where people can see how Igorot textiles are made, with much intricacy and storytelling gets woven into every thread.
Wooden handicrafts are sold at the Carvers Shed. There are also demonstrations of how these wooden masterpieces come to life at the skillful hands of a woodcarver.
The Farmer’s Market holds a selection of homemade and organic products such as vinegar, sauces, snacks, and fresh vegetables produced by local farmers.
Local artists come together at the Artisan’s corner, where they sell jewelry, shirts, and other handmade items,combining traditional and modern techniques into their crafts. But perhaps even more exciting, is that one can get a traditional tattoo here!
Our favorite stop is the Smokehouse, for obvious reasons 😉 Headed by Chef Chavi Romawac and Pil-od of Farmer’s Daughter, people can try indigenous cuisine. We had a bowl of pinikpikan with both chicken an pork, and it was the best we ever had.
Music, bonfires, dancing, storytelling, and horseback riding. There is still so much to experience at Ili ay Cordillera. Good thing it will be open for three months! Most of the festivities will take place on weekends and other special days, so take the opportunity to immerse yourself in all this culture, and visit the Cordillera Village at The Manor at Camp John Hay.