Ibaloi Ambassadors Video Ministry
Language: Ibaloi & Ilocano
Population Statistics: 191,000
Partner: Loacan Community Fundamentalist Baptist Church
Location: Loacan, Philippines
Field Director: Pastor Alvarez Guzman
Studio Staff: Fabian Simon, Arvin Simon, Benjamin Cipriano, Jared Anapen
Ibaloi People Profile
The Ibaloi are one of the indigenous tribes that live in the Cordillera region above Manila, Philippines. Cultivating rice terraces is one of their main agricultural practices. Recently many have gone to work in the gold mines as well. Traditionally they believed in ancestor worship and would smoke the bodies of their deceased to mummify it. Communities are governed by elders and there was a distinct difference between the rich and the poor.
Ibaloi women are known for strength as they carry heavy baskets from a young age. During the second world war, women as well as men portered for the US soldiers. One account says that they also volunteered to fight, and when the Japanese fired on them, the Ibaloi men ran but the women stayed firm.