Before the fusion of local weaves and modern design became a trend, my uncle (my mother’s elder brother) has been bringing us t’nalak, the fabric woven by indigenous T’boli tribe of Lake Sebu. Because of the many tales of my uncle, I have always wanted to visit the majestic Lake Sebu to see for myself the beauty he always sing of. Advertisements
How can a person who hates physical activities, cannot swim, and fears height get away with canyoneering? You can’t. Especially when you are with your family and friends, you’ve rode a habal-habal for 10 minutes to the middle of a mountain, and you have trekked for an hour to get to the river. But you can get away with jumping, and still totally enjoy the four-hour canyoneering activity despite your fear of heights and your lack of swimming ability.
Aek pointed out something on the ground. “Look at that. Do you know why the people of Thailand love the King so much? Because of that,” he said. I tried to understand what he was trying to say because the road was narrow and muddy. It was not until we got to a clearing and saw the length of the humble irrigation system that ran the whole side of the mountain we just trekked. This is why I came to Thailand. I may not have met the King. But I witnessed how he changed the lives of his people, through irrigation, through agriculture.
A few minutes ride from Barili’s public market, you’ll find Mantayupan Falls, a gem that faces the threat of being “eradicated” due to man and modern technology.