Ethnic Intermarriage, Community Involvement, Aspirations and Concept of Education among Agays of Lasam, Cagayan
This research investigated the ethnic intermarriage, community involvement, aspirations and concept of education among the Agays of Lasam, Cagayan, Philippines with the end goal of proposing interventions for the extension program of Cagayan State University at Lasam. It employed ethnographic and descriptive survey research designs. Using informal retrospective interview and photo documentation techniques to the eighteen Agay-informants located in the three communities of Lasam, Cagayan. Findings of the study indicate that majority of the Agats were intermarried to Ilocano lowlanders. They married at the church, and they had had permanent habitation with an average of four children. Most of them were unable to attain formal education. The intermarried phenomenon of the Agays is attributed to their migration and economic engagement with the Ilocano lowlanders and other ethnic groups. Engagement in farming and paid labor was their livelihood, revealing low-income standard of living. In like manner, intermarried Agays had a moderate level of community participation particularly in barangay assemblies, voting, and training sponsored by agencies. A good life for them was measured by the provision of basic needs of their families. They manifested a high regard for the value of education to improve their standard of living, mainly to their children's future. The result of the study may serve as a basis for proposing a model of community development approach to improve the life quality of indigenous peoples in the Philippine countryside.