August 19, 2013

Into the Wilderness: Paracelis, Natonin, Barlig

“Taking time to live life will only inspire your work.” 
- Anonymous

I got the hardship post for our annual community education program on migration for this year – the Cordillera Region. It’s a one-week seminar where we visit local communities to educate them about the programs and services of our office and Filipino migration in general.

Though I have been to Mountain Province before, it was my first time to set foot on its eastern side where the contiguous municipalities of Paracelis, Natonin and Barlig could be found. These areas which could be reached via jeepney or mini bus from Bontoc or Santiago, are often overlooked by tourists who usually go to Sagada.

Despite being dubbed as the less traveled or neglected part of Mountain Province due to its mostly unpaved road, I found myself enjoying its panoramic sceneries - rugged, raw beauty of mountains, pine trees, and rice terraces.

Natonin Rice Terraces

The honeymooners off to their fertility hut

Pastoral life in Paracelis

Military outpost in Natonin

A mini waterfall in Natonin

Barlig Rice Terraces

At kahit muntik na kami ma-trap sa Natonin due to landslide, sa totoo lang we wouldn’t mind. It’s nice to get away from civilization once in a while.
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