Visiting indigenous peoples communities – how we did it

Tara and I spent some time doing research to really be clear on what we want to accomplish and get for the entire trip.  Tara, being a professional photographer, and me, being a person who loves taking pictures, based our initial list on the images that came up in Google.  We did a search for “indigenous peoples” + Philippines and if a particular picture would catch our interest, we would look it up further.

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Project Breaking Down Barriers: How to get to Guina-ang, Mountain Province

Another one of the projects of our couchsurfing host, Russell, is the Guina-ang Village School 1Book Blessing.  Upon his request, Tara and I brought books donated by our friend, Gladdy.  We were going to skip personally delivering the books to the village because we were cramped with time.  But, I’m glad we pushed through with it because we got to meet the adorable kids and people of Guina-ang.

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Project Breaking Down Barriers: Village of Guina-ang, Mountain Province

Another one of Russell’s projects is Guina-ang Village School 1Book Blessing.  Because we believe in acts of kindness, we brought books donated by a friend (Thanks Glads!) for the kids of the village.

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Project Breaking Down Barriers: How to get to Sabangan, Mountain Province

Sabangan is one of the less-famous places in the Philippines.  I, for one, only learned about its existence when we were looking for a couchsurfer host in or near Sagada, who could show us the beautiful art that we were too sure the Mountain Province has.  We found Russell, who, upon reading his profile, made both Tara and me didn’t want to pass the chance of meeting.  And, Russell, Sabangan, and the other places Russell brought us to proved to be a lovely eye-opener for us.

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Project Breaking Down Barriers: Couchsurfing in Sabangan, Mountain Province

The bus ride from Bontoc took about a couple of hours so it was already quite late in the afternoon when we got to Sabangan.  Sabangan is a municipality in the Mountain Province and the only reason why we included this in our trip was our couchsurfing host, Russell.

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Project Breaking Down Barriers: Sorta Creepy Bontoc Experience

We took the first trip to Bontoc.  We got to ride inside this time (phew!).  But, I admit that the view from the roof was way better than from the inside.  Nevertheless, the scenery was still beautiful and being given the chance to see the Chico River and the surrounding mountains still made me feel blessed.

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Visiting indigenous peoples communities in the Philippines – The start of it all

The last two weeks had been amazing for me.  I learned a lot about myself.  I got to face fears.  And, there were a number of new experiences I never thought I’d ever have.

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