Originally Posted by Battara
I personally question that the attribution of that particular piece, and may have been traded in to that area.
I agree, Jose. That piece labeled katana
looks more Tagalog in origin.
The top one, which Robert has identified as a dipalata
, was the subject of much debate many years ago. We eventually decided that it was probably from the Ilongot tribe (one of the Igorot groups) from northern Luzon—a small ethnic group noted for headhunting that continued into the late-20th C.* See here: http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=235
* Renato Rosaldo. Ilongot Headhunting, 1883-1974: A Study in Society and History.
Stanford University Press, Stanford, 313 pp, 1980