|Igorots butchering a dog at the Philippine Reservation. St. Louis Exposition 1904.|
|"Bow-Wow Feast"- Dog eating live just a few steps from the audience.|
The "bow-wow" fest became a huge draw in St. Louis that the following expositions in other countries featured a repeat performance of Igorots with their canine cuisine, further sealing that time their global reputation as "dogeaters". Subsequently, to American officials and visitors to the Philippines, an itinerary would not be complete without a sojourn in the Mountain Province to see the Igorots and of course this dog eating stunts. Articles and photos were published describing them and their customs. As always, it was highlighted by this reputation they earned in St. Louis. One photo even showed a dog market in Baguio City. An enterprising company even put the image of Igorots butchering a dog in the post cards they print and sell.
|Almost like an advertisement.|
| Philippine post card featuring Ifugaos butchering a dog.|
Present day Igorots claim otherwise. Dogs are only use as sacrificial animal, for such ceremonies as to evade death and to remove bad luck. Igorots don't feast when they kill a dog. On the contrary they mourn in sending a beloved pet as sacrifice to the other realm, to save the life of a sick family member who is near death.
Yet the truth holds: There are some people in the Philippines who really have this strange preference to dog meat. Most dog butchering happens for the purpose of a drinking feast. And such feast will not be complete without the favorite "pulutan" (side dish eaten while drinking alcohol or beverages) To many pulutan is synonymous to dog meat prepared as "caldereta" , "bopis" or "kilawin".
Finger pointing? Yes of course. The country is made up of many linguistic and cultural groups with distinct customs and traditions, not to mention cuisine and culinary styles etc. The Tagalogs for example points at the Kapangpangans (Pampanga) as true blue dogeaters, while some accuses the Bisayan etc.
I don't have the numbers but dog eating is still prevalent around the country specially in the rural areas and the lowly villages. Slaughtering of dogs in the Philippines is illegal.
|Official daily program of the 1904 fair|
|The souvenir program of the Philippine Reservation at the St Louis Fair.|
|Ifugaos with their dogs. Post card said to be popular among tourist in the Philippines in the 1900's.|
|Photo done in bad taste, definitely just to stir curiosity.|
|Another photo of an alleged "Ifugao dog Market"|