Monday, July 29, 2013

Ifugao Outreach

SENDING LOVE TO EVEN GREATER HEIGHTS
by Ivan Ignacio



The BACKPACKERS and Guests woke up that morning feeling blessed and refreshed from the tiresome hike the day before. This was no ordinary morning for us as we knew that we would be affecting the hearts of the simple but beautiful community on top of Mt. Humalophop. The locals  especially the teachers were already touched upon seeing our arrival in their elementary school. They could not believe that people still care - I mean, they've been living their humble lives for years and did not catch a glimpse of any tourists or visitors of some sort in the area. The only support they witnessed was two years ago when PNP conducted a medical mission in the school, estimated to be a thousand meters above the ground.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Mt. Humalophop


MT. HUMALOPHOP:
A HEAVEN IN IFUGAO!
by Ivan Ignacio

Probably one of the greatest feats of The BACKPACKERS is the discovery of a remote but very beautiful mountain in the province of Ifugao. Mt. Humalophop (or Mt. Palo for some), is located in the town of Hingyon and is a haven to spectacular rice fields and terraces. According to the locals, they were surprised to see a group of mountaineers as the place had no visitors except for the PNP who conducted a medical mission in 2011. Our Mt. Humalophop climb was part of our Give Love Ifugao: Sending Love to Even Greater Heights where we brought school supplies, goodies and sandals to the kids of Humalophop Elementary School and nine other schools in Hingyon, Ifugao.


THE LAST ACCESS ROAD 

From Brgy. Mompolia where we had another round of pampering, we geared up for the major activity in our Ifugao adventure: the hike to Mt. Humalophop. At some point in the last access road, we bade goodbye to Ma'am Ermie and to the three KaEskwela volunteers. They were assigned to distribute the donations to the elementary school in the shorter and lower mountain in Sitio Ubuag. We were taking on the longer, higher and more challenging Mt. Humalophop which is nestled at 1,190MASL in the eastern part of the amazing Cordilleras.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Ifugao Province


THE BACKPACKERS AND FRIENDS
ENTER IFUGAO!
by Ivan Ignacio


Probably one of the greatest feats of The BACKPACKERS is the discovery of a remote but very beautiful mountain in the province of Ifugao. Mt. Humalophop (or Mt. Palo for some), is located in the town of Hingyon and is a haven to spectacular rice fields and terraces. According to the locals, they were surprised to see a group of mountaineers as the place had no visitors except for the PNP who conducted a medical mission in 2011. Our Mt. Humalophop climb was part of our Give Love Ifugao: Sending Love to Even Greater Heights where we brought school supplies, goodies and sandals to the kids of Humalophop Elementary School and nine other schools in Hingyon, Ifugao.