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.
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 prices. These shows that they spent a large amount of time in provinces to be able to learn and speak comfortably different Filipino dialects. They have done one of my bucket list
Currently, they have settled down in Ifugao since Kuya Janjan found his soulmate there. But who knows, may be his soulmate is his solemate.
P.S. I asked them what’s their most recommended place to go in the Philippines, Kuya Jan-Jan answered South Cotabato because of its natural beauty.