Mountain Province is captivating. On the way home along the (long and winding) road, enthralled by her majestic mountains. I am torn between reading a book and just gazing outside the ordinary bus' open window, which makes for a breezy ride with a constant whiff of cool mountain air.
Being surrounded by these mountains makes me feel comforted, secure. It's as if nature encloses you with its powerful and protective earthen walls, sheltering you from harm's way.
And, at times when you feel like you should've never been born, it's like being back in your mother's womb. (Or, when you feel you're better off dead, entombed.)
I was in Bontoc, Mountain Province -- along with my co-wrestling coaches Erwin Gamao of Marikina City and Mark Sumalag of Baguio City -- upon the invitation of the Cordillera Administrative Region Department of Education Division of Mountain Province. We conducted a three-day (August 1-3, 2014) training workshop for prospective wrestling coaches at the Dap-ayan Hall, DepEd Division Office.
(Middle initial should be "L," not "I," for "Lagman," but it's okay. ;) )
And, I rewrote this anecdote into a poem, same title, published here in the literary journal, NatureWriting (CA, USA), on June 27, 2017. Please check it out. :-)
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