text | Carla Ocampo
photography | Carla Ocampo and Lester Valle
A story goes that once, among the highlands of the Philippines’ Gran Cordilleras, a people of great might and grim ferocity gradually became known to their neighbors as the KALINGA.
The name was not in any way cordial. KALINGA, to the different tongues of this region, had meant “headhunter,” or “enemy.”
Through the years, the Kalinga have come to accept this badge with uncompromising pride; the name is a reminder of their days of legend, when justice for every vanquished kin was delivered by the blow of an axe, or the flight of the spear of brothers out to redeem their family’s honor. Read the rest of this entry »