This particular trip (business trip to be specific) was actually one of the many privileges given by our good office. It was only now that I felt how lucky I was to be given a chance to visit a place that is still less traveled by the multitude of wanderers around and without having to spend a single centavo from my pocket.
Had I known that this blog will evolve into a travel blog, I would have bothered prowling on what the place has to offer as far as tourist spots are concerned before I got there last 11 February 2010 and to inflate this blog’s balloon. Nonetheless, I am convivial that despite the very nature of this trip, I had the opportunity to visit two historic and historical places to see in Bangued based on the information I got from “Biyahero, Phillipine Travel Portal”.
The other one is the Bishop’s House that showcases an early Tinguian Art in the form of a carved wooden baptismal front. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a photo of that. Instances like this makes me wish that this trip would have been for pleasure to utilize my camera phone.
One interesting travel insight I got from this trip is being able to appreciate a very calming feat of nature: the sunset. This was something I’ve never done before. I never truly appreciated such exquisite beauty until I stayed and killed the time on that special terrace of the hotel we stayed at located within the premises of Victoria National Park.
The absence of a good conversationalist by my side paved the way for me to just savor what most nature lovers consider as breathtaking and calming view.
This is the moment where the trailing edge of the sun’s disk disappears below the horizon in the west!
The following day before we headed to the Pastoral Center’s Conference Hall for business as usual so to speak, I had the chance to stroll along Bangued’s prominent park atop a hill. I got to see the picturesque panoramas of the neighboring towns while the summer breeze snuggles me in that caliginous morning.
The scenery reminded me of the countrified villas in South America that I usually see in the movies.
It’s also interesting to note that I had the chance to taste the famous tapuy, one of Bangued’s rarest products. This wine is considered indigenous according to Bishop Jaucian who boasted the meticulous processes involved in making it. Seventy percent peer pressure and thirty percent curiosity were responsible for a teaspoon of tapuy that entered my system in the night of 11 February 2010. Do you know who compelled me to try it? The Bishop.
Gleaning from what the Bishop told me, Abra could be developed into a more tourist attracting place, with its rich culture and historical heritages as well as the various unexplored spots. But to be able to do that, local politicians have to come together abandoning their notorious ways for said cause and more so for a peaceful and progressive Abra especially in its capital town.
I believe in the goodness of its people and that goes for the majority in Abra. I hope one day, this wrinkled paradise, will keep up with the two provinces of Ilocos particularly in terms of tourism.
I owe that task force who believed in what I can do big time, for letting me enjoy the privileges that came with it including this trip to Bangued, Abra. Actually, trips because I also had the chance to land to Zamboanga City, which paved the way for me to experience air travel for the very first time. Good thing stenographers were needed in the task force. It was unfortunate though that I didn’t bother to take some pictures of Zamboanga City considering time constraints and the very nature of our “mission”.
(Source of the Photos: iPhone 2G)
- Sunset Series: Number 9 (puravidaescape.wordpress.com)
- The Road Less Traveled By Leads to Abra (coupleofitchyfeet.wordpress.com)
- Cordillera Express (cordillera.express.com)
- Sunset of a Lifetime (belairbayclubupperclub.wordpress.com)
- How Tapuy or Tapey is Made (daoey.tripod.com)
- Animals of the Cordillera: Captivating Eyes in Abra (makkosadventures.wordpress.com)
- Abra and Baguio trip 2011 (heylesleyjane.wordpress.com)
- Abra the Magnificent (mothersbible.typepad.com)