Ilocano York is a blog about being and becoming an Ilocano in a foreign land, particularly New York. Its mission is to promote Ilocano heritage and cultural legacy in Filipino communities living abroad and to inspire other ethnicities to uphold their own. Starting out in New York, the dream is to reach out to as many Ilocanos and Filipinos abroad.
Ilocano York believes that what makes us Filipino are our different ethnicities. Collectively, we are the Filipino people but first, we are the sons and daughters of our respective cultural and linguistic regions. The richness of the Philippine culture is the sum of our linguistic, cultural differences and ethnicities: Ilocano, Cebuano, Tagalog, Kapampangan, Pangasinense, Ilongo, Waray, Batangueno, Maranao, Igorot, Bicolano, Ivatan, Ibanag, Moro, Sambal, Subanon, Visayan, Chabacanos, Badjao, Lumad, Mangyan, Negritos, Palawan, and other minor/major ethnic and linguistic groups I may have missed.
The reality is 10% of our population are outside the Philippines. These expats are constantly exposed to a multitude of cultural influences from the host nations that make cultural preservation challenging. So how does one stay Filipino in a foreign land?
Napakahirap na layunin! Gayunpaman, naniniwala ang pahinang eto na saan mang lupalop ka ng mundo, anumang wika ang ginagamit mo, anumang pasaporte ang pinanghahawakan mo, ikaw ay mananatiling Pilipino basta’t nananalaytay sa’yo ang dugong (sa anumang bahagdan) pinag-alayan ng buhay ng mga bayani at kaanak mong Pilipino.MABUHAY ANG KULTURANG PILIPINO!
The Ilocano York mission, belief system, day-to-day immigrant experience, ethnic/linguistic/cultural/social upliftment, the search for freedom/expression/identity, and patriotism are recurring themes in this blog.
Contributions are welcome. Email Ilocano York at email@example.com.