Let’s Ride Carabao Drawn Carriage In Villa Escudero

When was the last time you ride in your Apong Lakay’s ‘pasagad’ being pulled by his strong carabao. I doubt millenials have slendor experience that. But we, bagets and jeproks at that time have so much to tell.

Those were the days when carabaos and cows are the real kings of the road– umm, well, in the uncemented road. Today’s era is so much different now, the noisy trucks and speedy cars and big buses are the kings of the road now. 

Let’s escape from the traffic, escape from speed, from the noise and the view of the buildings. Lets bring back the time when you are enjoying the journey while riding the carousel and your neighbors are singing kundiman in guitar and ukulele. Where we call it journey and not a travel, where we call it ride and not a transportation.

Villa Escudero. In the border of Quezon and Laguna provinces.

Its where the luxury from nature is brought to you and the experience of what it’s like living in the past. When music and dancing is harmonized with the breeze of the wind of the hills and sways like the water flowing in the falls.

Its an exhilarating experienced for me to ride again in carabao drawn vehicle and listening to the folk songs while on traverse to the waterfall.

And my goodnesss, feels good to eat again with bare hand. The way we were. The original Filipino food are served and eating in the river. Then the water you drink are the original mineral water that you fill it up from clay water jar.

The way we were. Oh yeah, I’ve said it already. But can’t help it. Why? Because the music of rondalla still lingers in my ears now. As if I’m in hammock relaxing under the shade of the tree. And while my eyes are close I still watch the cultural dances of different regions in the Philippines. Oh, the performance is so great. The sways, the steps, the colors, the dresses and the laughters.

I have to sleep now and in my dreams the grandeur nature and the nostalgic experience will be reminisce again. 

What? How about the collections of religious artifacts that were displayed in church replica and the vintage collections of world war 2, and the mansions of the Escuderos’ who are still grand standing in the place? Why I wouldn’t write about it? Oh, let other explorers, caravaners, writers and bloggers featured them. We’re many participants in the Heritage Caravan of NCCA and PIA in Quezon, Laguna and Rizal or the CALABARZON, the phase 2 of Luzon Cultural Promotion with the theme Sulong Luzon, Yamang Kultura’t Sining”.

It was founded in 1880’s by Placido and his wifey Claudia Marasigan. It said to be a sugarcane plantation but converted by their son Arsenio as coconut plantation in the early 1900’s. And in 1981 it was open to the public.

It is now a prime tourists destination for locals, overseas Filipino and foreign visitors. Villa Escudero is the showcase of Philippine rich cultural heritage, offering the glimpses of its history, dress, cuisine and nature’s lavisgness.

My heart was left in Villa Escudero.

Coffee Farming In Highlands

The landscape beauty of Licungan.  So serene, so natural.
The landscape beauty of Licungan. So serene, so natural.

Life is hard in the mountains.  Only few plants can grow and fruit better in the high altitude and stony plateau of the community.

This is the reason why at least some of the villagers are seduced to plant prohibited plant like cannabis or marijuana.  Farming cannabis is as easy as any other agricultural products and so conducive to cold place but it is unlawful.  Did I say big earning, yes this is the best reason why they farm marijuana.

But it is illegal!

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Naidumduma a Panagtaraken ti Baboy

Kastoy ti panagpakanda ti baboy iti nalengleng a lugar ti Tubalina, Alfonso Gregorio del Pilar

Iti sitio Tubalina, a sakupen ti barangay Alfonso, Gregorio del Pilar, Ilocos Sur, naidumduma ti panangawagda iti baboy no pakanenda.

“Lisay!”  Ipukkawda.  Manipud iti nasulinek ngem nabato a parte ti bantay ken batbato iti likudan ti purokda, rummuar dagiti nangisit a kababoyan tapno umay mangan.

“Suksuko!”  Ipukkawda manen tapno iti kasta, dagiti met burias a nagad-adu ti umasidegen.

Ti nakaskasdaaw, adda nakemna dagitoy a baboy, ta ti pagturonganda a lat-ongan a pangananda ket iti batog ti akinkukua kadakuada.  Kabayatanna nga iti sabali pay nga agtartaraken, dagiti laeng kukuana met ti bumatog kadakuada.

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Dalleng: Madarang Outreach Program

Romulo Way perform to us this chant. In upland, they call it Uggayam. Here in lowland, we call it Dalleng.

Romulo Way is a resident of Madarang Salcedo, Ilocos Sur. He perform this as a gratitude in our Outreach Program when we held it in their barangay.

Background with some pictures; DZTP Radio Tirad Pass, Citizen Involvement and Services and UNP- Candon students.

Carabao Bath

Its planting rice season again... and this carabao rests after a hardwork in the field.  Kadaywanen a ladawan ti kastoy a makita iti Ilocandia.  Naala iti Boguibog, Salcedo, Ilocos Sur
Its planting rice season again... and this carabao rests after a hardwork in the field. Kadaywanen a ladawan ti kastoy a makita iti Ilocandia. Naala iti Boguibog, Salcedo, Ilocos Sur

Education In Rural Ilocandia

“Kasla ngay adayokami iti civilization—nagrigat!”

battawangWhen Junifer Pecha, 25, got his call from DepEd to become a teacher, he knew it, he will go to one of the remotest area of Cervantes District.

His first assignment, Dinwede Elementary School.

Together with first timer teachers, Miss Adeline Gumpit and Miss Maricel Dumal-i of Comillas South and Aluling, respectively, they will teach the kids of Dinwede West, Cervantes Ilocos Sur.
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