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A village by the river

Updated on May 28, 2010

A pristine and beautiful place!

A friend sent me these photos of a village in Holland. The title of the forwarded e-mail was “No need of seatbelts”.

Viewing the photos brought me back to my organizing work at the foot of Mt. Banahaw in

Quezon Province in Luzon, Philippines. There was a lagoon in the village where I stayed as I became a part of the growing number of people calling for a stop to the construction of a six-lane highway supposed to traverse Mt. Banahaw as the highway heads to Metro Manila.

While by the lagoon every evening I had the rare chance of watching the fireflies and their reflections on the lagoon. Here was a poem I wrote while at the foot of the mountain:

Mt. Banahaw in the Twilight

I am a traveler

waiting for the moon

to rise from your hair.

You are height

I am depth -

a contrast that ties you

to my eternal need for answers.

When I stare at the lagoon at your feet

I try to push away distractions –

sometimes a sudden fog

or a cloud that blurs the inner eye

who alone sees the vine

that grips the mind.

I am tired

of too much climbing

and stumbling

of too much listening

that puts me between cliffs.

Everyday your misty eyes teach me

that tears come from joy and sorrow

mine, more from sorrow

for not knowing how to hide

among the flowers.

On some late afternoons

You throw herbs at the lagoon

With your breath my suffocation ends

and I am a song among the weeds.

Tonight when the moon sleeps on your shoulders

and the fireflies are diamonds on your ears

I will be a child talking in my sleep.

With the photos of this village by the river I cannot but build the connection between

Mt. Banahaw and this village. Inhabitants of this village move about via water transportation, my friend said. “No need of seatbelts” was the title of the email forwarded to me. You would think that the village exists only in a dream. But it is real. I am still looking for the name of the village. Maybe a Dutch man or woman who is a member of hubpages can tell us the name of this village.

I couldn’t believe that a place as pristine and beautiful as this still exists. I thought I would only be able to see a river where I could scoop a drink after a long walk only at the foot of Mt. Banahaw.


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    • lex123 profile image


      6 years ago

      Awesome photos and beautiful write up. Thanks for taking us to this beautiful place. I voted it up.

    • franciaonline profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Philippines

      Awesome, indeed, ahorseback! I hope places like these ones in the photos will not disappear because of climate change.

      Thanks for leaving a comment here.

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      7 years ago

      Francia , This is soo awesome , I never dreamed there were places like this!.....Thank you!....:-}

    • franciaonline profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Lita,

      Thanks for dropping by!

      The photos here, from a village in Holland,sent to me by a friend, reminds me of my stay in Mt. Banahaw years ago when I was part of the community organizing team there.

    • Lita C. Malicdem profile image

      Lita C. Malicdem 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      Ohhh, amazing cottage views! If I didn't read the text first, I would say these are found somewhere in the most advanced countries. The Philippines, our country, has much prestine beauty to be proud of! It won't be called, "Pearl of the Orient Seas" for nothing. Good hub!


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