Sunday, July 27, 2014

Noventa Road

I've never blogged about a road but this one is different.

Mindanao, Philippines.
We were on our way to Surigao from our stay in Tandag City when we noticed from our windows a scenic view of red soil with a mixture of green. 
We just had to stop.

Noventa Road is what they call it. 
This is the part where it has a panoramic view. 
Surigao is known to having rich soil suitable for mining.
Behind those hills, you'll see the ugly vision of how mining does to nature. 

We had a good spot.
I couldn't resist having a photo. 

We did a lot of panoramic shots.

Group photo.

Enjoying the vast view.

We stayed here for awhile getting all those angles we want.

For some reason, this road amused us. :)

*photo credits to Robert Chando on some photos used.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Malabsay Falls

With no guide. No itinerary.
With lots of interviews with random locals,
we were able to go and see one of the waterfalls in Naga City, Bicol.

We took a jeepney near our hotel.
For just PhP26 (as of December 2013) There were tricycle offers but a little pricey for us since this was a backpacking trip.

Our Jeepney driver. Our bestfriend for around 30minutes .

Roughly around 25km from town, he dropped us in Panicuason Elementary School.

We hired  a driver with a motorbike just right outside.
Php50 one way.

I had a selfie moment while at the back of my rider.

They could have brought us all the way since it was passable. I just don't know why they didn't.
Behind me is Mt. Isarog. Clouds are covering half of it.

Just nearby, we had to pay PhP10 for registration.
If you will be going up Mt. Isarog, you need a permit since this is a major climb.

We had a few meters to trek.
No need for a guide.

This is the entrance.

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Once you go inside the gate, you turn right and you'll see this path.

There goes my PhP10.
They have trails where you won't get lost.

Well . . .  almost!
If you're a mountaineer or have been trekking, you know what this sign is.

It was just a few minutes from the entrance and you can reach the waterfalls.
With me is co-blogger, travel bud and friend, Breakaway Jan.

We were the only ones there.

Then Selfie :)

Below is the pool with a gorgeous view.

I find views like this very interesting.
Mystical and forestry look.
This was my favorite part.

I found the waterfalls ordinary. 
Not sure how tall it was since we didn't have any guide and no one there was any help on information.

There was a couple of steps near the falls where people can jump to the basin or have photos taken near the falls. Be careful though going up those steps since it is very slippery. 
I guess you can make a rough estimation here on how tall it is.

There were ropes that helped us going down to the basin.

On our way back, we saw some trash on the trail!
Not good!

Going back was the same as what we did when we went there. The weather was just perfect. We walked while singing the song "What did the fox say?" to my "Ice-Ice-baby" version.

* Credits to Jan for some of the photos.

Friday, July 4, 2014

D'Project 6: Banao and Chunak, Banaue, Ifugao

This project was suppose to happen last year but because of some Politics concerned, I did not pursuit it.

Banao and Chunak are both part of Banaue, Ifugao, CAR, Philippines.
There were 91 kids that we blessed.

(Officially, it is spelled as BANAO but pronunciation is BAN-NAO)

Together with volunteers from Manila and Banaue, we headed to Banao.

Waiting for our ride in front of Uyami's Greenview Lodge in Poblacion.

Our ride.
Bus bound to Mayoyao.

For the locals, it was an hour and a half trek.
For us, it was 2 hours and a half. (moderate pace.continuous trek)

It was an up and down trek.

The parents were the ones bringing the donations.
Manang was leading the way.
Here you'll see the river on the side.

Then we passed by two mountains.

We saw this.
"Welcome to Bannao Elementary School"
So we were expecting that it was just around the corner.

We thought wrong.
It was still far.
We had to go up to the summit and then down.

Then we got to the arch.
From that point, Banao is 600meters.
Chunak is 6km more.
From Ducligan (jumpstart), it is 6km up and down to Banao.
We just had the Chunak kids and parents go down to Banao.

The first sign of a village after Ducligan!!!!
There's BANAO.
As soon as I saw it, I shouted "HELLO BANAO!!!!"
I was really happy to see it.

We got there close to evening and we had the event the following day.


Couldn't find a pair of scissors ;P and I was soooo in the mood to repack.

We had a system. We were organized :)
(This is what I've learned from being active in outreach programs)

Used books. 

Manila Paper, Charts, Chalkbox, Chalks and flash cards.


Inside the plastic envelope:

I wasn't able to take photos of the school supplies because we were in a hurry to repack it.
This is the only photo that shows what's inside.

I forgot what this is called.
A gift from our nurse :)

Tired from repacking???
Nahhh . . . we had so many helping hands.


The view from Kapitan John's house.
Can you see the kids and parents walking? They are from Chunak. We waited for them to reach Banao before we started the program. 

It started with singing of the National Anthem.


Though we did not understood the messages because they were talking in their dialect, it was more addressed to the kids to study well and thanking the sponsors and donors.

From the head of Disaster and something.

The head of the Parents group.

The parents and elders dancing the native dance.

The teachers of Banao and Chunak.

The performers.
The kids didn't have much time to practice the dance but I thought it was just beautiful.

Joining the kids as they exit from their performance.


Video clip.

Not all kids were able to come from Chunak as they were little ones and the 6km walk going down to Banao was hard for them. So these were like the 90% of the kids who were present. Though we gave the gifts to the teachers and parents.


The rock relay race.

Longest line.
Funny, they even had strands of hair on the line.

Dancing with the kids.
I love dancing so I was the only one brave enough to dance with them.
And when you are with kids, you really have to be playful and feel young.

(To follow. Our videos dancing the native dance. )

The Barangay Captain John dancing.
He won't get his prize from us until he dances.

We had the parents join.

Of course they had rewards too.

We had brave ones too singing to get a reward.

Bags, tumblers, notepads, notebooks, pencil set, toy etc.


I saw the students doing this while I was inside. 
I guess they were shy to tell it to me.

The Chunak students and teachers.

We were given a live chicken from Kapitan John.
They had to kill it in front of me. :)
I am use to it now.

Taking out the feathers by burning it.

On our last night where we did socials with Banao's Barangay Captain John.

With the Barangay Captain's wife, Manang Betty and Banao's only midwife, Manang Aga.

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Going back to Poblacion, Banaue.
Topload on top of the public jeepney.

(Thank you very much)

Banao and Chunak Teachers.
Barangay Officials.

The THANK YOU song to everyone who has been a part of this D'Project 6
from the BANAO and CHUNAK kids.

Hope YOU can be a part of making other kids smile on our next projects.

Check out our other projects here.