WEB AND WEAVE: ILOKANOS AS MIGRANTS (Part IV)

Recreation and Sports Activities

The table shows that the traditional recreation and activities of the Ilokano are rarely practiced by them in Mindoro (X: 2.04). The following which they branded as nonsense activities are either rarely practiced or not practiced anymore: rumor mongering, lice picking, jueteng, cara y cruz, spider fighting, card games, even drinking spree after work.

This implies that the Ilokanos in Mindoro are very busy people; they find no time to these unproductive activities.


Values


As reflected in the table, the Ilokanos in Mindoro are still values-oriented people (X: 3.93). Foremost among their high-held values are friendliness, being disciplinarian, and sincere lover of their spouse and children. Also, they display the values of hard work, sense of humor, hospitality and bayanihan. However, they seem not to be frugal anymore as the Ilokanos are identified with. Likewise, they seem to discard many superstitious beliefs.

This implies that the Ilokanoness of these Ilokanos in Mindoro is still visible and tangible. 


Ilokano Cultural Practices in Mindoro


The Ilokanos in Mindoro still manage to show their identity as Ilokanos in the crossworld of cultures. Their ability to gather together during important occasions and assert their Ilokano values and indigenous culinary arts are still greatly practiced. However, their socialization skills seem to be on the back light. More so, their beliefs on the supernatural and indulgement in recreation and sports activities are losing hold.

This shows that the Ilokanos in Mindoro have gained minor and great victories in their struggles to survive in a strange land. 

The respondents’ personal-social profile is correlated with their level of cultural practices. When taken as a whole, their type of work in Victoria, Oriental Mindoro is highly and negatively correlated with their cultural practices while their province of origin is also significantly and negatively correlated.

This implies that those whose work are largely based on farming and related tasks are the one’s who constantly and religiously manifest their cultural practices in their everyday living. It further implies that their manner as well as their approach in identifying themselves with the other compatriots is largely Ilokano by nature. They don’t feel ashamed or belittled because they believe Ilokanos need to be united wherever they are settled. Their province of origin also speaks of their cultural traditions. Those who came from the Ilocos are much more resilient to the forces of acculturation. Since the Ilokanos in Region 1 are more compact and sturdy because of their oneness and orientation, they show, in one way or the other signs of uniqueness in practicing their indigenous cuisine and socialization practices.

Individually analyzed, variable kinship gathering is significantly correlated with the respondents sex, type of work and dominant language used at home. This means that those who belong to the same gender feel at ease to associate themselves and speak the same language and technical terms which they both understand.

Likewise, the respondents hinted that the food they cook and eat has something to do with their type of work and province of origin. This is self explanatory in the sense that the produce of a farmer could be the same produce of another farmer and the food served for the family could equally be the same. Aside from that, there are unique cuisines peculiar to a particular province. Though the respondents are all Ilokanos, still the adage, ‘one one’s meat is another poison’ could still apply.   

In the workplace, Ilokanos are governed by some set of beliefs that influence their attitude. Ilokano farmers still recognize the importance of divine intervention in their farming activities. These are fortified by their convictions that their work is blessed by the divine providence. Perhaps this could be attributed to their beliefs that ‘work is also a form of prayer and heaven helps those who help themselves.’ Just as they speak the same tongue, these Ilokanos are equally bent on having the same faith on these supernaturals.

Ilokanos in Victoria, Oriental Mindoro are greatly socialized when they have bigger families: the more children they have, the more they interact and socialize with other people and find gratification. Such is true to any group of people who tries to shield and safeguard their individuality and yet draw similarly important experiences from other’s company. However, the type of work and their province of origin are negatively and highly correlated with their socialization activities and functions. This signifies that those whose work are largely anchored on some ‘lowly jobs’ have the tendency to be among themselves. This has something to say with sense of belongingness as this could be explained by their orientation way back home in their respective provinces.

      (To be continued)