philippine backpacking


Banaao: Feb. 11 - 12

Our host organized another outing for us. It was a mix of a trek and a cultural experience. We first hiked up a mountain in the middle of a valley; much easier and simpler climb than the previous week. For lunch, we went to the near by lake where some locals prepared a boodle fight. A traditional feats for special occasions where rice, fish, and a broth are laid out on banana leaves and you must eat you fill! And silverware is not used, only your hands!

That night, we were invited to attend a bonfire and traditional dance that usually only happens on weddings and holidays. The local kids had a pop song and dance for us, the high schoolers tried out their traditional Igorot dance, and some local elders showed used their best moves. Afterwards, we were invited to try out the dances and instruments. It turned into a show for the locals. As soon as we started moving, a huge outburst of laughing and giggling ensued and continued until the dance was over!

The next day, we climbed up some of a mountain to a tall waterfall before heading black to the farm.