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The Ibaloi

 

THE IBALOI ARE ONE OF TWO DOMINANT INDIGENOUS TRIBES IN BENGUET. THEY OCCUPY THE SOUTHEAST PART OF THE PROVINCE AND SPEAK NABALOY, WITH A LINGUISTIC SOUND NEARER TO PANGASINENSE. THEY ARE PEACEFUL, HARDWORKING, AND HOSPITABLE TRIBESMEN.

Majority of the Ibaloi are farmers. Blessed with a fertile soil and temperate climate, they raise a variety of crops, such as rice, which is irrigated through the use of canals connected to rivers and streams. The farmers also built rice terraces in their mountainous terrain. To augment their income, the Ibaloi raise livestock such as pigs, cows, carabaos, goats, and chickens. Some families are gold panners (pansejew) in the gold mines of Benguet.

The Ibaloi's main feast is the Pesshet, a public feast hosted by members of prestige and wealth. The Pesshet feast can last for weeks and involves the butchering and sacrifice of dozens of animals. A popular dance is the Bendiyan dance, participated in by hundreds of male and female dancers.

Today most Ibaloi have integrated with modern society and take advantage of their access to education, technology, and communication facilities.

In the 2000 census, there were 95,968 Ibaloi in Benguet, comprising 29 percent of the population of the province.

Ibaloi

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