I previously lived in Taloctoc, a far-flung barrio in the heart of Kalinga. Taloctoc has neighboring villages like Lubo and Mangali. These villages or barrios are an hour or two away from Taloctoc; Mangali is a one hour hike for me, while Lubo, well , I do not know yet, because I’ve never been there. It would only be an hour's trek for seasoned hikers. For me, perhaps 2 to 3 hours?
But I had always wanted to visit Lubo. It was my heart’s desire. Why? Let me tell you a little secret- my puppy love and first love has resided there…lol…. Oooops, that seems like a thousand of eons ago, in another planet..the first emotions of young love are sometimes fascinating.
I am smiling as I write this because I remember how naïve and dreamy-eyed I had been thinking that he could sweep me out of my feet and carry me to Wonderland in his shining armor.
In some way, he did, but had eventually left my young, vulnerable heart broken and torn apart, that I have never thought I would recover. Young hearts may grieve tremendously; however, there is nothing that time cannot heal.
I have come to discover my true love and I realized that my doubts about being able to allow my heart to beat again, is all for nothing. Young arteries and vascular veins heal with the passage of time.
I don’t regret though what had happened then; I had experienced life to its fullest with my moments with him. It was a joyful, thrilling and once-in a lifetime ride.
Up to this day, the shadow of this person from Lubo visits me now and then, and I smile as the memories flood over. Afterall, he has been part of my wonderful life!
His name? I have forgotten now.
I'm kidding...hmmmm, shall I reveal it? I guess it's safe already. I have silver hairs and gnarled hands now. Old age can give you the license to be "brutally" candid.
It starts with a letter "P". LOL
I was overjoyed when I saw this picture taken by a very skilled and talented photographer, Jerry Tieng, who has extensively traveled to Lubo ( I envy you) and has taken numerous stunning pictures of the place. This is a view of Lubo from the mountain top, courtesy of Jerry.
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER
JERRY TIENG works with Titanium Technologies. Some of his hobbies- aside from photography- are scuba diving, history, geo-politics and mountaineering. He is a multi-talented person.
He describes himself as:
Bootstrap entrepreneur, photographer, web apps developer, database designer, business analyst, frustrated architect, mountaineer wannabe, proud dad of 2 girls...
His photographs are works of art that ought to be displayed to a wider audience. You should visit his website and photo gallery or his Facebook page - facebook.com/jerrytieng.
This generous young man had readily agreed to "lend" me his photographs.
Thanks Jerry for allowing me to use these awesome pictures.