A Visit to an Ancestral Domain

October 15th, 2010

October 11-12, I joined 25 Aeta leaders of LAKAS and PBAZ to visit their ancestral domain. We crossed the river of mud and lahar on a three-hour trip to Barangay Villar, and had an evening assembly to discuss their priorities. The next morning, we went on a two-hour hike to Yamot, one of their original sitios, to visit the hot springs where they want to plant a sacred grove and build cottages for a Wellness Center.

Dawn trek to YamotOct 11 to Bgy. Villar

Crossing water, mud and lahar

Last stream to cross before Barangay Villar and a welcome merienda of camote and cassava

We went down to a spring water source of drinking water, the priority of the barangay.

We went down to a spring water source of drinking water, the priority of the barangay.

Barangay Chair Palab opens the meeting with prayers

Barangay Chair Palab opens the meeting with prayers

Palab, Ben, Raul, and Letty speaking at the meeting. All are ELF leader-graduates

Palab, Ben, Raul, and Letty speaking at the meeting. All are ELF leader-graduates

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