Rocky Road (Mt. Pinatubo Expedition)

The road more travelled.  A day in February when all was dark and dull as the Backpackers traversed the trail to the crater.  For the rates and details, just consider this site http://www.trekkingpinatubo.com/.

For most, the end goal of the trip is just to reach the crater. But Miley’s right, it is the climb that matters; and when I say the climb, I am literal with this.  For us who can finance, we’ll just pay thousand of pesos and they will transport us via 4×4 jeep for about 45 minutes to an hour ride then drop us off at the initial trekking point.  But have you ever imagine the means of transport for those people (mostly aetas) living in the other side of refinement?  While riding at the back of the jeep, I noticed a family of four (parents with two children) walking the tracks and crossing the waters barefooted with me wondering on how far they have come and how long until they reach their destination.

I am living in a society bombarded with options; as opposed to others who have none at all.

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I Have Returned (Tacloban City)

A day peek at the northern part of Leyte with the Bisaya and Warays.  Absconded to discover the nature the city has to offer given the fact that there are no scheduled field visits this time.  2 weeks fieldwork and stay at Hotel Alejandro (which I believe my room to be worth P1,600k+ per night).  Best hotel so far the fact that it narrates the nation’s history along its corridors; I would definitely recommend this to travellers out there.

Going back, damo nga salamat (thank you) to Ate My and Sir Ayan for letting me experience the wonders (Sto. Nino Shrine/ MacArthur’s Park/ San Juanico Bridge).  The feeling of not being able to comprehend their dialect is a challenge but at least after my 2-weeks stay, I learned several Waray words from them.

Sto. Nino Shrine:

Entrance Fee of P200.00 good for 3 persons

+ P60.00 for additional person

+ P30.00 for every camera

(tour guide included, but only good for 30 minutes)

13 guest rooms ornamented with different native materials are the highlights inside this mansion.  You’ll appreciate how one can preserve such memories while retaining the quality of all the fittings displayed.  Perfect place for photo op but just be nimble as the tour guide is kind of strict.

‘I have returned’.  – opening statement of MacArthur’s proclamation to the People of the Philippines.   MacArthur Landing Memorial was built to commemorate the historic return of Gen. Douglas MacArthur to Philippine shores on October 20, 1944.  You have to ride a jeepney from the city proper going to Palo, Leyte.  Then take a tricycle (P10.00 per head) to the shrine itself.

We ended the day by walking the length of San Juanico Bridge, which is considered the Philippines’ longest bridge spanning a body of seawater.   Its longest length is a steel girder viaduct built on reinforced concrete piers, and its main span is of an arch-shaped truss design (c/o wikepedia).  If you are into long walks and trekking, then this will not be a problem for you.  30-minutes will do but if you will bring your camera with you, I bet that you’ll take longer than that.

Caption: The left photo (the road going to Leyte); the other heading to Samar! =)

Sunburn in Motion

My obsession with symmetry and patterns as they translate my concepts to reality.  First fieldwork for 2013 yet it left an imperative mark on me.  Albeit paltry amount of time allotted for each community, you’ll get the chance to know more of living tradition and intangible culture (or is it just me who grew up in a civilized area who is ignorant of the truth).  Bow to the front-liners who continue to sacrifice their time and effort just to reach out to different tribes; it is strenuous yet I believe it is fulfilling.  I am living in a glass half-full with water; as opposed to others who wait for someone to fill in the first drop.

This photo was taken in the middle of nowhere in Brgy. Kastila.  As we are searching for heifers in the field, I noticed this distant tree with branches positioned in both sides.

These snapshots were captured during the conduct of my fieldwork (so the location varies from Paluan to San Jose).

Three-eyed traveler seeking for a life beyond equity indices and hybrid derivatives.