The Department of Education (DepEd) family through the Council of Elders has adopted OIC-SDS Benedicta Gamatero as a daughter of Ifugao and conferred her the title “Kadangyan” (rich/elite) and native name “Aguinaya” during the conduct of the Indigenous People’s Education (IPED) here recently.
“Aguinaya”, the daughter of Amtalao, was the famous legendary heroine in the Ifugao epic “Hudhud” noted for her undisputable beauty, wisdom and leadership.
To complete the adoption, a ceremonial rite was conducted by the elders and adorned her with Ifugao attires and accessories that only the “Kadangyan” (elite people) can afford.
“We whole-heartedly convey, bestow and confer to you our indigenous and cultural way of adopting someone to be one among us as a worthy and respected daughter of the Ifugao family of DepEd-Ifugao,” the elders explained.
Gamatero assured that she will serve the Ifugao people with honesty and integrity. (JDP/MBL- PIA CAR-Ifugao)