We call it ‘TOP-LOAD’

TOP-LOAD: Once a way of life, always a ride of YOUR life. Have you ever done it? Years ago, the transportation plying the route of the remote areas of Benguet to Baguio City was quite limited that when seats were full, 'top-loading', as the locals called it, became an alternative. I could still remember the sound of my fellow … Continue reading We call it ‘TOP-LOAD’

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Every Snapshot has a Story: The ‘Welcome’ Sign

'Welcome' signs are iconic. Some are simple, yet exude an idea or two about a place. Whenever I see them on my long travels, exhaustion turns into relief. I feel safe and secure. Not only do these 'welcome' signs provide me with the comfort of knowing where I am but also the confidence that I … Continue reading Every Snapshot has a Story: The ‘Welcome’ Sign

Let’s Drink To That: The ‘Tapuey’ (Rice Wine)

Forget about the commercially prepared Igorot rice wine in a bottle, which seem to be the trend today. Think about those times when you've travelled to the 'ili' (hometown) to attend a family feast or simply, for a holiday. Do you still remember that 'kuli' (Kankanaey for clay jar) hidden or tucked for some time, … Continue reading Let’s Drink To That: The ‘Tapuey’ (Rice Wine)

Every Snapshot has a Story: A Bridge Over Kapangan Water

Ask the locals and the existence of this hanging footbridge is common knowledge. Not for me. I've been down this route many times before but I consider the bridge as one of my recent discoveries. Yes. Pathetic. That's one proof of how I have missed a lot on my travels to Kapangan, Benguet. My defense, … Continue reading Every Snapshot has a Story: A Bridge Over Kapangan Water