- Published: Tuesday, 04 June 2013 12:33
Barangay Captain MARIO KADINGILAN did not sleep much the night before. They were so excited upon learning that the government people will visit their place. The ARMM and Maguindanao Provincial Government delegation, consisting of different partner agencies arrived to see the excited faces of the people – children especially were big eyed looking at the convoy of vehicles.
The Barangay Captain in his speech was teary-eyed while repeatedly saying: ”Dito na ako ipinanganak, lumaki at nagkaisip hanggang sa ngayon, pero kahit minsan, maliban sa araw na eto, ay di talaga kami nabisita ng taga gobyerno (occasionally stopped to wipe his eyes), pasensya na po kayo, pero luha po eto ng kagalakan at pasasalamat at nakarating kayo sa aming lugar.”
February 26, 2013 is a memorable day for the people of the chosen area. Three hours of rough road, steep climbing of mountainous terrain, amidst lush surroundings, brought us to Barangay Tubak, Ampatuan, Maguindanao. Forty-eight kilometers away is Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat, the only entrance to the secluded but naturally-endowed barangay. Under the forest covering, small but gurgling streams kept our surroundings cooler than what anyone would expect in the hot and humid weather we were experiencing that day. The road we were travelling on was so high up in the mountains, that I felt like ”Piso na lang ang pamasahe, LANGIT NA!”Add a comment