Exploring the Tangible Cultural Heritage of Indigenous People of Batobalani, Paracale, Camarines Norte, Philippines
Ephraim M. Villacrusis1, Hanifa T. Hadji Abas2, Luisito T. Evangelista3
Science Department, Pasig City Science High School, Pasig City, Philippines1
College of Graduate Studies and Teacher Education Research, Philippine Normal University – Manila, Taft Ave., Manila Philippines1,2
Botany and National Herbarium Division, National Museum of the Philippines, Manila, Philippines3
This ethnographic study investigated the tangible cultural heritage of the Kabihug Tribe of Batobalani, Paracale, Camarines Norte. Data were collected from in-depth interviews with elders and members of the tribe. The inventory showed three themes for the tangible heritage of the tribe. The practices of building the dwelling place of the Kabihug tribe were still intact. However, minor alterations were made, like the walls and partitions on their house were evident. Bolo, their primary agricultural tool, was bought in the marketplace and their clothing is similar to the lowlanders. It is imperative that the impact and influence of civilization and rapid technological advancement change the lifestyle and practices of the Kabihug tribe. Nevertheless, it is reasonable to conserve and preserve the cultural traditions and tangible cultural heritage of the Kabihug tribe as national and historical treasure of the country.
Keywords: Kabihug, Tangible Cultural Heritage, Batobalani, Paracale, Camarines Norte, Philippines