Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

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Photos by MJ Klein

Continuing with our series, this is the last installment of my trip to the Philippines.  I had a wonderful time there, and the last few days was spent in an area of considerable beauty, populated with fantastic people.

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

The author standing in a corn field

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

Sonny took me on a walk down to the river bank.  This is the road in front of his house.

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

At the end of the road are the village markers.

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

We took a right and went down past the corn fields.

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

The river is dead ahead at the end of this dirt road.

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

These people are on the way to the ferry (we’ll revisit the ferry in at the end of this article).

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

This is a great place for kids to play.

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

Some ruins down by the river on the far side of the river (telephoto shot).

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

This is where the dirt road leads….

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

We took a walk down the bank of the river.  There is a lush carpet of grass along the riverside, and I got a very peaceful feeling being there on that afternoon.

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

If memory serves, these are peanuts.

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

This flat, grassy area is perfect for playing games and running around.

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

Sonny demonstrated how tame the Filipino buffalo is.  You can see by the way his rope is lying on the ground that he isn’t trying to run away from Sonny.

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

A fisherman on the river.

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

With an abundance of grass, this is where people feed their grazing animals.

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

The rolling hills in the background were lovely.

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

I just had to take a few moments to enjoy the scenery.  Notice the kids.  They were curious, but shy.

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

That’s Greg with the red hat.  As you recall, Greg was our driver in Manila.

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

There is a small footpath that leads back to Sonny’s home via a different way, and we took that back to the village.

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

These were some of the finest crops I’ve seen anywhere.  I ate this corn during my stay and I cannot describe how good it was!

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

Turning around and looking back towards the river….

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

This is water damage.  Sonny says that during the rainy season the river floods, and the flood waters can reach inland up to a kilometer.

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

Look closely….

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

…. and you will see evidence of the flooding.

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

Another farmer’s footpath through the crops.

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

Yet another one.

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

Along the path are some small crops that have been planted.

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

Walking along with Sonny, I was astonished by his knowledge of all the local plants and their medicinal uses.

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

Finally we came to the bottom of the hill behind Sonny’s home.

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

Once you make it to the top of this hill, you’ll find yourself in the back of Sonny’s land.

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

One last look down towards the river.  Sonny told me that this entire field often floods during the rainy season, and the loss of the crops is devastating to the village.

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

After spending the evening playing some songs on guitar, I got up early the next morning to catch the Jeepney back to Manila for my flight back home to Taiwan.  By the time I got up, everyone else was already hard at work in the morning light.

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

Now I’m in the front seat of the Jeepney and we’re heading down to the river for the ferry ride back.

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

As you recall, this is the locally built ferry boat.

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

The Jeepney goes aboard….

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

Then all the passengers embark.

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

I took this shot so you’d get the feeling of what it was like to walk the plank!

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

This motorcycle-sidecar showed up….

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

…. and this is how they loaded it on the ferry.  Scary, if you ask me!

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

As we near the opposite bank, people start to gather near the dock area.

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

With a few adjustments, the Jeepney can disembark.  Fancy word for driving it off the ferry across a couple of planks!

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

This is a shot of the side mirror, showing passengers getting off the Jeepney at one of the many stops out in the middle of nowhere….

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

On the way back to Tuguegarao City we saw the same arrangement for drying corn on the road as we did on our way to the village of Santo Nino.

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

Bushman In The Philippines: Santo Nino, Part 3

This is our last shot for this article, and the last shot for the series.   This shot is typical of the lovely countryside in northern Philippines.

I’d like to thank the wonderful people of the Philippines for their hospitality during my visit.  I can honestly say that I have never encountered such polite and considerate people before, anywhere that I have traveled.  I hope I can visit again someday soon!

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7 comments

  1. Nice Post MJ – looks like a really remote and beautiful part of the Philippines. Not the usual tropical beach paradise most people go to the Philippines for. Glad you had a good time and hung out with the locals – always the best way to travel. How long was the ride back to Manila in the Jeepney? Are they comfortable. They look wild. I have only been to Boracay in the Philippines and we saw them on the road but never got the chance to travel on one of them.

    Good luck for your operation on Wednesday.
    Paul´s last post ..Kandayan Dancing – Kandy, Sri Lanka – 2012

    1. hi Paul. thanks. it really was a remote and beautiful place. i always enjoy hanging with the locals and normally i avoid touristy places altogether. the Jeepney ride is from the village to Tuguegarao City where i caught a plane back to Manila. Sonny told me the bus ride was about 12 hours from Manila to Tuguegarao City, and then the Jeepney ride from there to the village, which is about 45 minutes to an hour, depending upon how many times he has to stop for people getting on/off. so, we took a plane with was less than an hour. if you use our Geotagged Articles Map you can see where Santo Nino is, and then zoom out on the map to see how far it is from Manila. you probably recall this article: http://www.thenhbushman.com/2011/07/26/bushman-in-the-philippines-tuguegarao-city/ where they had the armed guards surrounding the plane after we landed.

      thanks for your kind thoughts on the upcoming operation. the normal fear that one has of surgery has been replaced by an expectation of relief. these last few days have been quite painful and i’m looking forward to getting it cut out! thanks and take care Paul.

  2. Hi Mj how are you?..
    it’s me tere?.. u still remember?..Tere The OJT in ALOHA HOTEL with Ate Yza?..
    regards to Kuya sonny and kuya Greg..

    🙂

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