BARAS BIRD SANCTUARY: A Surreal Sight To Behold

While walking around Baras Bird Sanctuary, Mr. Rey Malana, the owner, mentioned that the best way to observe these flocks of birds actively flying from tree to tree is from the top of the Observatory Deck. I was thrilled I wanted him to bring us there right away. But when we reached area, it wasn’t the ordinary observation deck I painted on my head. It was a huge Sampaloc Tree towering at 50 feet high with a makeshift steel ladder nailed on the trunk. There was no deck up there. Only branches big enough to carry my weight. While everyone chose to stay on the ground, there I was succumbing to this “sense of adventure” that has brought me to places I never imagined to see. I braved enough and made it to the top. And up there I marveled at one of most beautiful sight I’ve seen in years. Oh God, I wish I lived here.

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IT’S DEFINITELY WORTH THE CLIMB.

BARAS BIRD SANCTUARY CLIMBBaras Bird Sanctuary is the most visited tourist site in Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat and going there is just easy. It is very accessible to any type of transportation and about 20 minute away from the main city. You can also frop by the Tacurong City Tourism Office for more information and who knows they might give you a free ride going there. Swear, thousands of birds await you.

HERONS AND EGRETS AS PHOTOGRAPHED AS WILD BIRD PHOTOGRAPHERS OF THE PHILIPPINES

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GLAN, SARANGANI PROVINCE: Yesteryears’ Heritage is Today’s Treasure

I was wrong when I thought all that matters to Glan is its pristine white sand beach. You can’t blame me. The famous Gumasa Beach where Sarangani Bay Festival is held every year is located in this town and this six-kilometer stretch of white sand is said to be among the finest in Mindanao. So, if someone talks about Glan, the first thing that comes to mind is Gumasa Beach.

Glan Centennial Celebration CoverBut there’s more to Glan than its coastal wonders. Being the oldest municipality in the whole SocCCSKSarGen Region, Glan is a heritage town that played a significant role in shaping the whole region’s vibrant history. Forget about those white sand beaches, Glan’s substantial historical value makes this coastal town the most interesting place to discover in Sarangani Province. And those who come here to search for nature and pure pleasure find themselves more fascinated when the olden charms of Glan that are frozen in time are laid before their eyes. For some, they even call this beautiful place a little museum town. 

Glan’s Heritage of Yesteryears, Today’s Treasures.

Glan Centennial Celebration 4COLONO MARKER

In 1914, Don Tranquilino Ruiz from Alegria, Cebu was appointed by Gov. Gen. Francis Burton Harrison as Superintendent of Agricultural Colony No. 9. It was one of the Agricultural Colonies sent to then Moro Province now called Mindanao thru Colonization Law of Don Sergio Osmena, Sr., then Speaker of the House of Representatives. Don Tranquilino Ruiz together with other 16 Cebuanos were among the first Christian settlers who came to Glan on October 8, 1914. They were welcomed by the natives and together created a harmonious and progressive community. As town’s tribute to this first meeting of Christians and natives, this town’s foremost historic structure, the Colono Marker, was erected. If you happen to meet any local, ask him and he’ll probably name those in the structure.

Glan Centennial Celebration 3CENTURY OLD ANCESTRAL HOUSES

If you stroll around Poblacion, your eyes will surely be glued to the ample rows of ancestral houses standing still and resilient with time. Mostly built in the 1920’s, these colonial homes still house stunning collection of antiques and priceless heirlooms handed down from generation to generation. Some of these houses were originally constructed by those Colonos who came to Glan carrying with them furniture pieces and stuff from Cebu. Some of these houses now are occupied or maintained by either third or fourth generation of the family. If you’re lucky, owners will allow you to come inside their homes and let you take a glimpse of its colorful past. But even viewing them from the outside, you’ll absolutely be mesmerized by their high balconies, canopies, capiz shell windows, calado embroidered walls and wide wooden staircases. Take your time. Lavish your eyes with such vintage sight you can only see in Glan.

Glan Centennial Celebration 2EMILIO ALEGADO COLONIAL HOUSE

Perhaps the most visited and most photographed ancestral house in Glan is the E. Alegado Ancestral House. It was constructed in 1949 after the Japanese-American with both Spanish and American architectural influences. Emilio Alducente Alegado, the one who built it, was the first elected Municipal Mayor of Glan. He was endeared to his people that not just a street but also a barangay in Glan was named after him. Visit this home. It is now occupied by Councilor Martin Alegado, grandson of the late E. Alegado and you’ll surely be amazed by the intricate calado embroidered walls that abound inside. Of course, antique collections of the family can be seen everywhere.

Glan Centennial Celebration 1CENTURY OLD ACACIA TREES

Walk around the town proper and you will see several century old trees lining up along the streets, in schools and town plazas. At one glance, they almost resemble like those talking Ents in the Lord of The Rings. These trees are as old as the early Christian settlers of this quaint town and they’re undeniably the mute witnesses of how Glan becomes what it is now. Take a brisk walk under these trees or maybe sit on a bench under their shades, it will make you feel the antiquity of this rustic town and somehow would make you wonder how it was like living here 100 years ago. Honestly, I’ve never been to any town or city in this country with this number of century-old trees thriving like in the real forest. While some towns and cities in the country are cutting their heritage trees in favor of modernization, here in Glan they’re taken care of. They’re well-preserved for they too are part of the town’s heritage.

Glan Centennial Celebration 7SANTA CATALINA DE ALEXANDRIA CHURCH

It may not be as old as baroque or stone churches in the Visayas where Christianity was first introduced, Santa Catalina de Alexandria Church, the Parish Church of Glan is worth a visit. The Catholic Faith in this part of Mindanao was brought by Christian Settlers who came to this town from Cebu. Majority of them came from the town of Carcar where Santa Catalina of Alexandria is the patron saint. This explains further why the patron saint of Glan is the same as that of Carcar. Though Christians Cebuanos migrated to Glan in 1914, the Santa Catalina de Alexandria Church was built in 1949. It is now 65 years old and considered a built heritage. When you visit there, never miss saying a prayer for Santa Catalina or St. Catherine. Just so you know, she is the patroness of philosophers and preachers.

Glan Centennial Celebration 5THE RUIZ ANTIQUE COLLECTION

There’s no one in town who doesn’t know this walking encyclopedia of Glan. His name is Dr. Jose Tranquilino “Dodong” Ruiz III and he is the grandson of no less than the great Don Tranquilino Ruiz. He is a current Municipal Councilor and physician by profession. More than that, Dr. Ruiz is an antique collector and lover of something that has historical value. His museum-like home houses his family memorabilia which he prudently preserved over the years. Most of these antique collections speak about the history of his hometown. Over the years, Dr. Dodong Ruiz has built a reputation as the greatest local historian with his collection of antiques, local stories and personal account of his town’s heritage. And so when you visit this rustic town, drop by the Ruiz House to fully appreciate the history and legacy of Glan.

#ByahengMindanaw Team at Gumasa Beach

#ByahengMindanaw Team at Gumasa Beach

GUMASA WHITE SAND BEACH

Like most of those who came to Glan, your visit to this coastal town is not complete without visiting Gumasa Beach. After luxuriating yourself with your heritage tour at the town proper, hit the beach and surrender yourself to the town’s tropical allure. Gumasa is the priced beach jewel of Glan. It is nestled amidst the turquoise waters of the Sarangani Bay with long stretch of powdery white sands beaches and coves favorite among locals and foreign tourists. After engaging yourself all day beach bumming or suntanning, you can settle down and lounge by the seashore and gaze at the glorious sunset setting in the waters of Sarangani Bay. It is the perfect thing to do to end the day in Gumasa.

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The Travel Teller inside the E. Alegado Ancestral House

Today, Glan remains to be the home of proud Glanians who take pride of their roots and their rich heritage. They are warm people and they welcome everyone to their beloved town with warm smiles. True that the sights and sounds of modernity have established their presence in the town but they cannot drown the stillness and elegance of the past as embodied by century-old trees and colonial houses of Glan. The town and its people may have opened themselves to rapid change but they have not sacrificed the bountiful wealth of their heritage. They chose to protect it, conserve it for their next generation of Glanians to see, appreciate and preserve.

This is GLAN. Its Yesteryears’ Heritage is Today’s Treasure.

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An Ancestral House located in Hacienda Don Juan

This coming October 8, Glan will celebrate its 100 years as a town – the oldest town in the whole Region 12. This will be the most celebrated event to be staged in the whole town where every Glanian from all over the world looks forward to. Thus, the celebration is made even bigger and grander. COME VISIT GLAN and join the Glanian celebrating its 100 Years Legacy of Great Heritage and History. For more details, please like and follow GLAN100 on Facebook to get updates about this Centennial Celebration of the Oldest Town in SOCCKSARGEN.

Glan Centennial Celebration logo1A thank you shout-out to Ms. Lodar Dagoy Escobillo, the ever energetic Tourism Head of Glan for making this Heritage Tour possible.

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SAYAW MINDANAW 2014: Appreciating Mindanao’s Indigenous Culture and Traditions

Twenty five participating dance and theatre ensembles converged at Davao City Recreation Center for the annual staging of Sayaw Mindanaw, an annual indigenous-based dance competition held in Davao City as part of the Kadayawan Festival celebration. It is considered as one of the important events of the festival as it depicts the rich and colorful culture and tradition of the Mindanao portrayed though live indigenous music and theatrical dance narratives.

SAYAW MINDANAWI had the opportunity to be seated at the front row witnessing a rare convergence of vibrant colors, rhythmic beats and graceful movements of different tribes in Mindanao. It is not just a competition but also a celebration and appreciation of Mindanao’s rich indigenous culture and traditions.

Sayaw MIndanaw 2014 80Sayaw Mindanaw is open to all dance groups of students, out of school youth and community based performers though out Mindanao. Entries should be of theatrical dance narratives narrating Mindanao Indigenous Peoples’ epics, folklores and traditions.

Sayaw MIndanaw 2014 142 Sayaw MIndanaw 2014 143Out of the 25 participating entries vying for the qualifying round and the finals, Davao City’s Madayaw Dance Ensemble was adjudged as champion in this year’s Sayaw Mindanao competition. Second place went to the T’boli National High School Performing Arts from T’boli, South Cotabato and Liceo de Cagayan Folkloric Dance Troupe from Cagayan De Oro City bagged the third prize.

Sayaw MIndanaw 2014 122One of the entries of this year’s competition is the Caraga National High School Dance Troupe from Caraga, Davao Oriental where they portrayed indigenous Mandayan marriage ceremony. I was so proud to see them wearing proudly the vivid colors and performing lively the cultures of our Mandaya brothers and sisters from our Province. In the end, they bagged the special citation as Best in Indigenous Research Material.

100 CAPTURED MOMENTS AT SAYAW MINDANAW

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The staging of Sayaw Mindanaw every year as part of the Kadayawan Festival celebration is one great opportunity to better understand and appreciate Mindanao’s indigenous culture and traditions. Our diversity and multi-ethnicity make this island the most interesting cultural destination in the country.

The Travel Teller with the winning group - Davao City's Madayaw Dance Ensemble

The Travel Teller with the winning group – Davao City’s Madayaw Dance Ensemble

The Judges and Organizer of SAYAW MINDANAW 2014

The Judges and Organizer of SAYAW MINDANAW 2014

With my fellow MANDAYAS

With my fellow MANDAYAS

Mayor Alicia Mori of Caraga, Davao Oriental receiving the special citation for this year's Sayaw Mindanao, Best in Indigenous Material Research. Congrats Mayor and Caraga National High School Dance Troupe. #ProudMandaya

Mayor Alicia Mori of Caraga, Davao Oriental receiving the special citation for this year’s Sayaw Mindanao, Best in Indigenous Material Research. Congrats Mayor and Caraga National High School Dance Troupe. #ProudMandaya

Byaheng Mindanaw na!

BUILDING BACK BETTER: Cateel and Dumang Together

When Super Typhoon Pablo ravaged everything in our hometown of Cateel including the vast coconut plantation which is the town’s major source of income, our people learn to find ways to make the most of what’s left to them. Though some go back to planting coconuts that bear fruits in five years, there are vast agricultural lands now that are converted to cacao, cassava and vegetable farms. In fact today, farm produce sold in the town proper are supplied by local growers. But among the alternative sources of livelihood flourishing in our town, the chili production and processing is considered the most promising. The production is growing and the demand is increasing.

Cateel Dumang Hot Pablo (31)

Chili production and processing is not new to our hometown. Long before it becomes the leading alternative source of living months after horrible catastrophe, Cateeleños grow native chili already and process dried chili powder locally called “dumang”. But dumang making then was more popular in the hinterlands of Cateel.

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RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS

Growing up in this rustic town, this red hot chili powder has always been part of our dining table. Come and visit every home in our town, you will see that every table has this. It’s part of our meal. Everytime we eat, it always comes with a mouthwatering sawsawan (dipping sauce) filled with red hot dumang. Even eating lay-ob (boiled bananas and kamote), it’s paired with an appetizing ginamos (bagoong) lavishly topped with this spicy hot pulverized chili.

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Chili Production and Proccessing

Cateel Dumang Hot Pablo (7)

Chili Production and Processing – Subangon Dumang Makers

But what was once a smalltime livelihood is now considered a booming industry not only in my hometown of Cateel but also its neighboring towns of Boston and Baganga. Months after the ravaging onslaught of the Typhoon Pablo, the chili production and processing was intensely encouraged as alternative source of livelihood in these three towns. With the assistance coming from the government, NGOs and the private sector, the program has sustained. Although there are other alternative sources introduced to our people but chili production was widely accepted.

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This used to be a coconut land now turned into Chili Farm

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Astig, a variety of Chili, grown in Tawid, Cateel, Davao Oriental

Back then, only native chili peppers were used to make Dumang – native chili are known to be spiciest. After Typhoon Pablo, new varieties of chili were introduced – the Scotch bonnet, Astig and Pinatubo. These are varieties where farmers can grow and harvest in three months’ time. But of course growing of native chili is still extensively encouraged.

Cateel Dumang Hot Pablo (10)

The Solar Dryer

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The Solar Dryer

With the introduction of new variety of chili in Cateel as alternative livelihood source, there are number of agricultural lands now converted to chili farms. Farmers are starting to like the idea of growing chili and harvesting it within a short period of time. 200 hills of chili can produce 8 to 12 kilos of chili peppers in a week and they grow and bear peppers for 2 years.

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dried chili peppers ready for dumang processing

Cateel Dumang Hot Pablo (63)

dried chili peppers ready for dumang processing

Today, chili farming is widely spread in all the 16 barangays of Cateel including some areas in Poblacion. In Subangon Dumang Makers, the leading chili processing plant in our town, there are 150 chili farmers supplying chili peppers on regular basis – a great indication that indeed this is definitely growing. Aside from processing red hot powdered chili or Dumang, they now also make other chili products like dried chili pepper and crushed chili. Because this industry grows strongly after Typhoon Pablo, locals sometimes coined it “Hot Pablo”.

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Subangon Dumang Makers

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Dumang, Dried Whole Chili Pepper and Crushed Chili Pepper

While production and processing is growing, there is a great need to increase the demand. This is the biggest challenge that both chili growers and the dumang makers are facing now. Although the products have reached as far as Manila and Cebu including of course Davao, the need to widen the market is still at work. Thus, it is their ardent hope that both the government and the private sectors will continue to help them sustain this booming livelihood program.

Scocth Bonnet Chili

Scotch Bonnet Chili

Pinatubo Chili

Pinatubo Chili

Our people are optimistic that this spicy blessing will flourish and that it will them give better hope for a better future. They have been resilient they embrace all the possibilities of restoring back all that was lost to them and for these farmers, chili will help them restore those dreams.

I'm PROUD of this! I'm proud of fellow Cateeleños.

I’m PROUD of this! I’m proud of fellow Cateeleños.

Oh yes, CATEEL and DUMANG together!

Oh yes, CATEEL and DUMANG together!

“Building Back Better”, this is the cry of every Cateeleño in our hometown. With the help of the government, the NGO’s and the private sectors, our town and our people are moving forward from that monstrous day Typhoon Pablo came to destroy our homes and our sources of living . Call it alternative source of living or even temporary but chili farming – its production and processing – is a great proof that our hometown and its resilient people can rise above the darkest days our lives – proof that we can get through all storms of our lives.

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FOR ORDERS AND OTHER INFORMATION, you may call:
SUBANGON DUMANG MAKERS (Cateel, Davao Oriental)
Look for Ricky Arisola or Lulu Reyes (0917-498-9273)

 

T’NALAK FESTIVAL 2014: From the Land of the Dreamweavers to the World!

Living in a country where colorful fiestas and grandiose festivals are reveled all year round, witnessing a convergence of indigenous colors depicting rich culture and living tradition is such a rare experience. Seeing it right at the very heart of the province where the value for culture and the arts is highly regarded, this kind of festival is a feast for the eyes. This is the T’nalak Festival of South Cotabato, the most celebrated festivity in South Central Mindanao.

Tnalak Fest Cover PhotoT’nalak Festival is the province’s annual celebration showcasing the significance of T’nalak cloth as the cultural icon of South Cotabato. An intricately woven tapestry of intense and striking colors, T’nalak is dreamt to life by the T’boli weavers who translate their dreams into intricate geometric patterns of tie-dyed abaca fibers.

Tnalak Festival 2014 (103)T’nalak’s significance to the South Cotabato’s culture has earned its place as the cultural emblem of the province. This unique tradition of woven dreams has put South Cotabato in the world map of traditional tapestry making and has earned them the title “Land of the Dream Weavers”.  Thus, the annual celebration of T’nalak Festival displays the importance of the T’nalak cloth as part of the cultural image of South Cotabato amidst the dual presence of tradition and progress.

Tnalak Festival 2014 (295)Tnalak Festival 2014 (292)T’nalak being the province’s cultural emblem symbolizes the blending of culture, strength and unity not only of T’boli people but of various ethnic groups living in the province. It is during this festive celebration of T’nalak Festival that people of South Cotabato showcase their vibrant cultures and venerable traditions through dazzling cultural performances and pulsating street dancing.

Tnalak Festival 2014 (290) Tnalak Festival 2014 (198)Hailed as the biggest, brightest and the most colorful festival in South Central Mindanao, T’nalak Festival is not just a cheerful celebration of the province’s cultural identity but a great way to showcase the all the best that South Cotabato has to offer including its gentle people.

Tnalak Festival 2014 (305) Tnalak Festival 2014 (326)This becomes evident as the main thoroughfares of Koranadal City, the capital of the province was filled with sprightly music, outstanding performance and vibrant colors as nine contingents coming from different schools, communities and towns converged in the much awaited Street Dancing Competition, the most watched festivity of T’nalak Festival that pays tribute to South Cotabato’s artistic, cultural and historical heritage.

Tnalak Festival 2014 (102) Tnalak Festival 2014 (103)In this highly anticipated Mardi Gras of Indigenous Colors and Dances, the heart pounding ethnic music reverberated all over the city’s downtown district while the vibrant colors of captivating black, red and white – the colors of t’nalak – dominated the streets. These were the pulsating beats and glowing hues brought by the 9 contingents as they showcased rituals and dances of their respective tribes dressed and accessorized by multihued costumes as they performed with great intensity, passion and enthusiasm.

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Tnalak Festival 2014 (1) DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO Tnalak Festival 2014 (377) From Koronadal City, South Cotabato, I am OLAN EMBOSCADO and this is THE TRAVEL TELLER.