by: Jason de la Cruz
Ibanag are concentrated on the Provinces of Cagayan, Nueva Vizcaya, Isabela.
The Ibanag are among the minority of Filipino people that live along the
banks of the Cagayan River. They are the most assimilable and adaptable
among groups of the Filipino people. On Cagayan, Ibanag are more found
in Tuguegarao, Abulug, Pamplona, Camalaniugan, Lal-lo, Amulong, Iguig,
Penablanca and Aparri towns.
The Ibanag are agricultural people and clanish, so in a barrio, each one is relative of someone. Being easily assimilated and adopted, they are easily influenced by people around them. This is evident in their taste of food, clothing and language.
Marriage customs, to great degree, have been made simple. Expenses are now borne by both parties unlike before when the groom's parents shouldered all wedding expenses. Preparations may not be very lavish but the umune-ca presents and maginterga, are still parts of marriage customs, likewise the gala is, sine qua non especially in rural wedding.
Today, Ibanag practice their traditions and customs especially in the far-flung barrios. And most of the Ibanags in towns no longer adhere to these customs because they are economically rich and educated and this initiated modifications in their traditions and practices. The Ibanag are engaged in fishing and farming. Many of them are already educated and blended with the cultural majority.
Ibanag Indigenous Religious Beliefs -A Study in Culture and Religion, Maring Gatan
Aspects of the Ibanag Spirit Beliefs -A Study in Transformational Culture Change, Fernando C. Gatan, Jr.