'Welcome' signs are iconic. Some are simple, yet exude an idea or two about a place. Whenever I see these signs on my travels, I get that surge of feeling safe and secure. Exhaustion turns into relief. Not only do these 'welcome' signs provide me with the comfort of knowing where I am, but also … Continue reading Every Snapshot has a Story: The ‘Welcome’ Sign
'Ed Dumang' (Kankanaey language of 'down below') Trekking down a kilometer or two away from the main village and the main road, while having to pass through a dense forest; that's how I remember the travel to this little house "ed dumang". Here lived my grandparents who passed away twenty years or so ago. … Continue reading Every Snapshot has a Story: The Little House “Ed Dumang”
In my hometown of Balakbak, Kapangan, Benguet, here is something that continues to grow in abundance. The star apple. As one story goes: Some menfolk from Kapangan were on board a Manila-bound bus. At a stop-over, a street vendor entered the bus shouting,"Caimito! Bili na kayo ng caimito!" (Caimito! Buy caimito!). One of the men saw and realized … Continue reading Healthy Eating in Kapangan: The Star Apple
Dakiwagan Mountain is like a mural on someone's wall. It appears to be keeping watch as the folks go about with their daily lives. Please read more about this hidden gem.Hometown Fortress
A memorial looking forlorn and forgotten.
A part of my hometown's history
I write about a cultural tradition which is important to be a part of. It's never too late to attempt to be there.