Bontoc Mayor Franklin Odsey said the Bontok people have always been resilient.
The Mountain Province politiko made the remark during the 50th Founding Anniversary of the United Bontoc Federation in Kalinga last January 25.
The Mountain Province politiko in particular cited the Bontoc people residing in Tabuk City and Kalinga Province.
Odsey said Bontoc people who left the province has always brought with them values such as og-ogfu (bayanihan), industry, and care and empathy for others.
“Because you nurtured these values, you have not only survived, but thrived, in this province,” he said.
“You formed an organization where you can come together in community for mutual help and benefit, and more importantly to keep the spirit of your being Ifontok alive. And it is now 50 years old,” Odsey added.