We were going around the tiangge of the Tungoh Ad Hungduan Festival one of the participants of the Hungduan Climbathon 2011 were talking to some of the merchants. Surprisingly, they were not speaking in Ifugao dialect but in Bisaya dialect. I frequent Mindanao and I could identify if one is trying hard Bisaya or not, and I am sure they were not trying hard.
(Lower Left) Kuya JR; (Upper Center) Kuya Janjan
Kuya JR arranging some of his merchandise
I approached and asked them where they were from. Surprisingly (again!), they told me that they were from Tondo, Manila. It turned out they were travelling merchants. By selling different products, they travelled from Cotabato, Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro, Samar, Iloilo, Bicol Region and many more provinces before they arrived in Ifugao. They were selling cloth, undergarments, knives, boots, hats, childrens clothes and many more when I saw them.
Another participant talked to them in Ilonggo. They also knew how to speak comfortably in the Ilonggo dialect! They also spoke in Ifugao dialect when one a customer came by and asked for