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.
Tara and I were thinking of skipping Bohol altogether, because of the seeming inexistence of any indigenous peoples community in the province. Although we would want to visit Panglao beach and enjoy it for at least a day, doing just that in Bohol didn’t quite justify the trip to the province for us. But, to be sure, Tara and I did a search on Google Images for “indigenous peoples” + “Bohol” and that’s when we saw the Eskaya scripts. We looked at the pictures for a while and, almost at the same time, said “We gotta go here, man.” And, so we did.
The year 2012 has been truly awesome for me. Yes, it was full of dramas. And, it was also the year that I got to travel to two (2) countries and eleven (11) provinces. It was the year that I got to visit five (5) IP tribes and the year that I got to figure out what I really want.
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.