Tuesday, July 15, 2008
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.