Recently, my family and some of my closest friends embarked on a different kind of journey. A journey that rejuvenate, energize and totally gives new meaning to traveling with significance. On how to create difference in people’s lives. The experience is unforgettable and the reward is fulfilling, it’s a kind of reward no amount can buy.
My family and friends are very happy and looking forward for more of these.
Education is very important in the Philippines. Filipinos look at education with high regard. We believe that education can make sure a person brighter and better future. No matter how difficult life could be, parents do everything they can to give the best possible education for their children. It is something that cannot be taken away. It’s the greatest inheritance a child could get from their parents.
Thanks to our beloved friend from Japan, who in his humble means help children in some of the Philippines’ remotest places get access to the basic school stuff. His vision is to make sure that children get the materials to help them learn and we loved it. To help him succeed, us, in the Philippines were more than happy to ‘deliver’ that vision across to the many children who desires nothing less but to learn to read and write.
Off to Sagada we go. High up in the mountain region of the Cordilleras in the northern part of our country. Dubbed as the Shangri-la of the Philippines, Sagada is awe-inspiring in itself. The people are kind and the climate is cool. It is also recognized as one of the country’s greenest and cleanest towns. The long drive to Sagada can take about 12 hours from the capital city of Manila or about 5 hours from Baguio City. Lime stones, tall cliffs and valleys are among the spectacular scenery here. The climate here is cool year round thus making it a popular summer destination as a retreat from the heat of the tropical climate in the lowlands. Add to that the rich history and the indigenous culture of the Cordillera ethnic groups.
The place is no doubt beautiful and the people are extremely kind. Most families here tend their farms to make both ends meet and buying their children the basic school supplies for their studies is already luxurious. Thus, our group which we fondly called LAP for lapis at papel (pencil and paper) provides this ‘luxury’ for free.
We just could not have enough of this Voluntourism thing, so we went back to Sagada again and visited another school. It was all the more memorable because my grandmother tagged along. She was both tearful and overwhelmed with joy as she saw the kids enthusiastically receive their school supplies.
On our two visits here in Sagada, we never failed to visit this view-point that overlooks Sagada Rice Terraces. It is remarkable. This view is the reward that we get in volunteering for a charitable cause, and believe me, this too is priceless. Truly a wanderful escapade.