Thursday, September 25, 2014
Monday, August 25, 2014
The Chico River is one of the natural treasures of Kalinga. It is a winding river that snakes its way through several villages, such as Bangad, Lubo, Mangali, Taloctoc, Pasil, and Tabuk, to name a few.
Taloctoc is particularly mentioned because this beautiful village is the only village enclosed by the river’s loving but sometimes harsh “arms.” Taloctoc is surrounded by the river, except for a few kilometers that serve as the neck of the village. When you look at the village from the mountain top as you descend via the man-made trail, it looks like a head of a man, because the river surrounds the village.
It is a breath-taking site that most visitors admire. During summer, the Chico River serves as a picnic and bathing paradise for village folk. They would spend considerable time in the river, enjoying the crystal clear, calm waters bathing, swimming or fishing.
|Image courtesy of Nats Dalanao of Lubo|
Some of the stones are so big - they look like rocks. The Chico River is a refuge and a haven for the village people during summer. You can pick the summer months to go there for a great vacation.
During the rainy season however, it turns into a ferocious and cruel adversary; claiming lives by its swirling waves and deadly current. The Chico River is feared, respected and loved. Just like Mother Nature, the river does not serve anyone. It is a neutral force that could be harnessed as an instrument of death or life.
Recently; however, the Chico River is popular internationally as a water rafting attraction. Many local and international tourists have enjoyed the exciting ride in the swirling waves of the Chico River. The people of Taloctoc have enjoyed this nature’s gift to them and had optimized its beauty and splendor. Having no paved roads going to Taloctoc, had allowed visitors to bask in the incredible verdant mountains and the sparkling splendor of the Chico River.
If you happen to visit Kalinga, which is North of Manila, do not forget to visit the Village of Taloctoc, Mangali and Lubo in Tanudan. The wonder of nature, with its variety of unique flora and fauna would amaze you no end.
The natural brooks and waterfalls can also be a source of a countless of interesting activities. An exploration of the Chico River before and after you visit Taloctoc would complete your travel experience.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
I chanced upon Nathan Allen’s spectacular pictures of the Cordilleras when he became popular due to an article he wrote about Filipino food.
Nathan Allen is an American but has travelled the Philippines a lot. He has made friends from the Cordilleras, Palawan, Cebu, Baguio, Bicol and other beautiful spots in the country.
On his Facebook website page, “I Dreamed of This” has already more than 50,000 “Likes” and is one of the Top 20 Travel Blogs.
Nathan posted this:
“Guess what? Thanks to all your likes, shares, and comments, "I Dreamed Of This" has hit 50,000 readers and become one of the top 20 travel blogs on the Internet!”
He granted me permission to use his pictures in this blog. Thanks, Allen for your generosity.
|Nathan pounding rice with a friend in Batad Rice Terraces, Philippines|
|Rice Terraces in Ifugao, Mountain Province, as captured by Nathan's camera|
|Batad Rice Terraces, Ifugao, Philippines|
|Waterfalls in Sagada, Philippines|
|Woman drying harvested rice in Ifugao|
I can’t help but share his pictures here because they’re simply amazing.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
One of the cycles of labor that the Taloctoc youngsters go through is the "Uma". This is the "kaingin" - a mountain clearing in which rice is planted during the summer months.
Taloctoc is a village in Kalinga, Philippines which has a rich culture existing even up to the present times.
The month of April would see the native folks, burning and clearing an area in the mountains ready for rice planting after the first rainfall.
|Image credit: Arvee Gaye Trinidad|
We had built a small hut in which we could take a rest, but folks usually went home to the village after a hard day's work. Since I was not used to hard labor and the hike every morning and evening to and from the mountains, I would stay with my grandparents in the Kaingin hut.
This would save us the hike everyday. Before the first rainfall, the kaingin would be cleaned thoroughly and weeded. It was on times like these that I would wake up very early in the morning and take a walk savoring the nippy morning, fresh air, the awesome view from the mountain top as the sun arises from the east, and the wonderful, morning silence when all can be heard are the chirping birds and the melodious sound of the cicadas.
I would have fun picking up mushrooms from tree stumps for viand. Then I would fetch water down the stream with my bamboo pole. It was heavenly! You have to experience it to know what I mean. It would be during the months of May that rice planting is done. Afterwards, the succeeding rains would then allow the rice seedlings to grow robustly into a full grown rice plant ready for harvest. Harvesting was also a whole day affair.
It has to be harvested all in one day because of the superstitious belief that the gods would get mad if this was not done. The labor was done by all the native folks cooperating to allow the successful harvest of one kaingin after another. Everyone helps everyone - the true "bayanihan" (unified) spirit.
The kaingin rice varies in color, it is pinkish to red; it is bigger and fuller than the field rice, it is also more delicious and believed to have more nutritive value. It contains more essential nutrients than the field rice and could be eaten without any condiment, viand or side dish. Its aroma is also pleasant and is an appetite inducer. If the ordinary rice has vitamin B12, the kaingin rice has more vitamin B12.
It also has niacin (vitamin B3) and these are essential in cell growth and blood cells development. After all the hard labor in the kaingin, it is pleasurable to sit down and eat the kaingin rice which is still the best that I have tasted so far. This was published by voices.yahoo.com.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Sunday, November 24, 2013
The beauty of Kalinga can never be discounted, Its rich natural resources, its colorful culture, its people are only few of why Kalinga is a beautiful province. You cannot fully understand a Kalinga unless you live there.
Here are some pictures that could help you understand the Kalinga culture and native practices. The verdant trees, wild flowers and plants are abundant, as sparkling waterfalls and clear streams abound.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
The Kalinga girl-woman is simple but beautiful inside and out. She does not care much for make-ups and fancy dresses, but cares much about family, and how to be of help to them and her community. Kristel Erica is a registered nurse serving her local community in the Mountain Provinces. I laud your noble and generous spirit, Kalinga woman!