Tuesday, July 15, 2008

in search of the aetas - porac

if the people of Bacolor experienced massive mudflows from Mt. Pinatubo's eruption, the aetas has experienced more damaged as they were living in the Pinatubo caldera itself. the aetas are the indigenous people of the mountainous area of Central Luzon. meeting the aetas was my main goal in this journey. it was around 12:30noon when i left San Guillermo church in Bacolor. now going South West in the municipality of Guagua Pampanga. took a quick lunch and immediately asked directions that will lead me to Porac Pampanga. the people gave me the instruction to take a jeepney at the Sta. Rita crossing going to Porac. the direction was quite easy but the trip was quite long passing by some houses which were also affected by the mudflows but were now recovering. i noticed that we were getting closer and closer to the mountainous area which is a sign that we are approaching the municapility of Porac. it was around 1:35pm when we arrived at the town of Porac. took a short visit to the church in and the municipal hall. the town was quite small and simple. from there, i asked for some directions again going to Planas. the instruction was to take a jeepney that goes to Dinalupihan Bataan that will pass by Planas. air was now cooler as we travel farther. from the jeepney, we can already see the mountains covered with clouds .according to the driver, the trip to Planas will now be shorter than the Guagua-Porac trip. about half way there an aeta joined us in the jeepney. a sign that we are already approaching an aeta village.

25 comments:

Raft3r said...

My mom's from Pampanga. Dami talaga tourist spots dyan.

Plus the food's amazingly good. Moche, palabok, dinuguan, halo2x, sisig, kamaro.

Hay... I miss local food.

Paulette said...

wow ang cool ng blog mo dude tapos you get to travel a lot! galing! ;)
nice pics too! :)

SandyCarlson said...

The idea of mudflows is new to me. Thanks for the lesson, friend.

Steven and Aisha said...

You really are a traveller. I can't wait to read more about this trip. The Aeta people are interesting people. :)

Sandpiper (Lin) said...

I'm enjoying this tour. Your pictures are beautiful and really show off what a gorgeous place this is. I'm learning a lot from your writings.

EM said...

Bitin naman! I want to see the Aetas too!

Ingat sa travel and pasalubong!! hehe...

redlan said...

to be continued ba to?

guagua reminds me of a chatfriend online. He is now living in canada. We lost communication since 2004.

ganda ng nature. hay. kahit online lang nakapagrelax ako habang minamasdan ang mga kuha mo.

galing at excited to read about your aeta post.

equilibrium2008 said...

We went to Pampanga and we have seen yung mga places na sinalanta ng Pinatubo. Grabe, nakakaawa ang mga tao that time. But at least now, they are moving forward na di ba? :)

Carver said...

Very interesting post and beautiful photographs. I always learn something at your site. I'm not familiar with mudflows but they sound like they can be terrible.

The Islander said...

wow abangan ang susunod na kabanata.. hehe.
expect that you will learn something from them. we also this indigenous people here in surigao and i love chatting with them. some of them are shy and timid but some of them pasaway. hehe

the donG said...

>raft3r, oo nga. mostly churches at syempre ang clark air base.

food here is really good lalao na mga lutong bahay. sisig as they say originated here.

>paulette, maraming salamat! keep in touch.

>hi sandy, i will. thanks.

>hi aisha, yes they are. salamat sa pag abang.

>sandpiper, thanks. always keep in touch.

>hi em, medyo bitin nga. susunod na post sa village na.

sigurdaong may pasalubong akong aetas. sa picture nga lang.

>redlan, oo. may kadugtong pa.

four years na rin yon. try mo i-type ang pangalan nya sa google.

salamat sa laging pag abang sa mga kwento.

>hi equi, oo nakakarecover na sila. mostly maganda na at maayos na ang mga bahay. ganda na ulit doon.

>islander, ganun nga sila. pero wala akong nakitang pasaway. kakatuwa nga sila.

R-yo said...

is this just a personal journey of yours? ang galing naman!

Rebecca said...

hay ang ganda talaga lahat ng travel photos mo! thank you for continually amazing us by sharing them. =)

Ingat lagi dong!

Luke said...

Another amazing photo series! nice!

the donG said...

>r-yo, personal but i have other purpose in every destination.

>rebecca, thank you din sa pagbisita.

>luke, thanks.

BlogusVox said...

donG, hindi na ata sidetrip sa business trip mo to ah. Masyadong malayo na ang Porac for your company to be interested in hehehe : )

KRIS JASPER VAN DYKE said...

there's something with these clouds pics...

I dont know why I love looking at clouds.

Leoj said...

already met an aeta during our field trip in Subic. they were nice. i also have a friend who is a daughter of an aeta. the point is, they are close to my heart.hehehe.

have you been to batanes? kung hindi pa at kapag nakarating ka dun, post some pictures here in your blog. that is one of my dreams. gusto ko makarating dun..sobrang ganda daw dun eh.

anyways, sa UP ka po ba nag-graduate?

jericho said...

hope you can post some of their pics to show their ways of life..;)

the donG said...

>blogusvox, hahaha... i dont work for a company.

>jasper, talaga? dami din namang nag aapreciate sa ganda ng mga clouds.

>leoj, galing ah. ako na-meet ko na rin sila nung umakyat kami ng pinatubo 2years ago. mabait talaga sila.

hindi pa ako nakapunta ng batanes. dream ko rin yon. dami na rin akong kakilala na nakapunta na doon at laging unforgettable ang experience nila doon.

hindi ako nag-graduate ng UP.

>jericho, yes. sa susunod na post na yun.

Karen of Sillymonkeez said...

Oh my! Those clouds look unreal . . . like what you would see in a dream.

bw said...

That's gutsy of you to travel with public transportation to these areas ! The pics are worth the effort though :)

the donG said...

>hi karen, wow! clouds in your dreams is relaxing.

>bw, backpackers normally do it. get lost and enjoy. hehehe...

Anonymous said...

hello pu. where exactly in porac po yung aeta village na pinuntahan niyo? I just nid it for our study. Thanks! God bless you! nice blog.=)

the donG said...

hello anonymous, regarding your question as to where this village is, it's called Katutubo Village and i dont know what barangay it is but to get there you need to go to the town of porac and from there ride a jeepney that goes to dinalupihan. but you wont reach dinalupihan just tell the driver to drop you at the Katutubo village. you have to walk about 50meters going there. just email me at i.dongho@gmail.com if you have other questions.

check this link
http://dongism.blogspot.com/2008/07/their-future-their-pride-aetas.html

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