Black Pencil Project (part 2)

Posted: August 13, 2012 in Blog, Events, Travel
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On the second day we woke up to a wonderful sunrise but I was lazy to go out, I just took pictures near the lodge. After taking a bath we ate breakfast of egg omelet, egg with ampalaya (bitter melon) and pineapple. Done fixing our things we grouped up at our ride for a short trip to Bayangbang where we were given an opportunity to witness and take pictures of how they harvest rice.

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We arrived in Bayangbang and was greeted by Principal Gina (Guinihon Elementary School) and showed us how the harvest was done. As explained to us, before harvesting, they do some rituals (Cañao), but since it was just to show us they did not do the Cañao any more but there was the drinking of Rice Wine or Tapuy.

The ladies are the one who cuts the rice while singing and the men collects the rice and ties them to bushels. While harvesting (and us taking pictures) we were offered a special Tapuy (which was pink in color) and tasted like no other tapuy that I have tasted before. After showing us how they harvest they even posed for us with their native costume for us to take their pictures. Then we distributed school kits again to the kids and printed some pictures for them. At around 11:00am we boarded our ride and headed back our way.

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Traveling back passing by Mayoyao and the Junction to Guinihon, we stopped at a roadside store where we ate Ukoy and boiled eggs and got some hand-carved jewelry boxes. This time I rode top-side and was talking to Lawrence where he explained to me the way of like of the people in Ifugao and other interesting stories. Upon reaching Bangaan (where we stopped on the first day just to take pictures) and went down to the school when it started to rain. Staying at the covered court the school children presented a small program for us and after the even let us join them in their dance. We distributed school kits again and ate what they prepared and after the rain stopped we headed back up to our ride going back to Banaue.

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Our ride back to Banaue was a downpour with some parts of the road becoming like a river, arriving at Banaue, we headed for an Inn (sorry guys forgot the name) where we freshened up (where literally I was taking a bath in mud) and ate dinner (really late lunch) of CPA (Chicken Pork Adobo), Pancit and veggies and learned that all the roads are closed because of the downpour and we were stranded. So out comes the Bugnay wine and we started drinking and singing. Then Lawrence said we should go to the bus and wait it our trip would push through. We gathered our things and headed for the bus terminal and this is where Lawrence sang his famous song “Banaue Road” (the song of John Denver) and by 8:30pm we were on our way back to Manila with the usual stops at Sta Fe, Nueva Viscaya and Bulacan. By 5:30 we were back in Manila

Thanks to The Black Pencil Project for the opportunity to experience and share our blessings on this trip and meet new friends.

Till the next BPP trip

PENCILS UP!!!!!!

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Our guide Lawrence Atimango, Our Helper, Their Friend, and Our Driver

BLACK PENCIL PROJECT
Mon Corpuz
Edwin Karganila
Zer Cabatuan

Take nothing but Pictures
Leave nothing but Footprints
Kill nothing but Time

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