Project Breaking Down Barriers: Hello, Lake Sebu!

We asked the driver to bring us to Greenbox, following Manang Oyog’s advice.  We were already there for about 3 minutes when the kids from across the street went down and asked, “Sino sa inyo si Ati Monica?”  So cute!  I introduced myself and Tara and got to know the names of the beautiful kids that we were going to spend the next four days with:  Heng, Potpot, Andi, Tamtam, Dogdog, Boyboy, and Rhea.  There was also Manang Barbara, Manang Oyel, Ate Tisay, and of course, Manang Oyog.

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Project Breaking Down Barriers: Travelling to Lake Sebu

There was no more hitch from Bontoc to Lake Sebu. We got to Manila with enough time to walk to Tara’s apartment in Scout Borromeo, repack, withdraw money from Western Union, and take a cab to the airport. We got to the airport with a few minutes to spare before boarding so I also got to withdraw money from the ATM. When a Cebu Pacific attendant saw Tara’s tattoo, he said, “Fresh na fresh pa po tattoo nyo ah!” To which Tara replied, “Huh?” The flight attendant then said, “Good morning!” Haha!

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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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