It is my first time to hit the road with my two younger brothers. Three (3) of us are aware about a barangay called Sallacong (now San Mariano) but no one of us has an idea about the place until I urged them to explore with me hoping that we can find a surprising scenery and discovery in Sallacong. Besides, it would be a quality time for us to bond.
|Road to Sallacong, a less trodden path, expect a bumpy inconvenient road|
That was the first encounter we had for a resident in that area and for the very first time we see a person, he was armed with a gun.
We stopped our journey for meanwhile and observed the old man, although we are aware that he has already seen us.
It seemed like strangers were not allowed entering their isolated community so we decided to stop. While observing the old man from a distance, he was preparing his gun and seemed like preparing to hit a target .
"Tara Na! (Let's Go!)," my brother whispered with fear. The more I wanted to take photo of the old man, the more fear consuming my spirit because taking a photo of him might give him the suspicion that we are strangers with a hidden agenda.
Linger for another few minutes, he went away and he was suddenly going away from us then we continued our journey.
When we were so close to him, we saw he was carrying a bird at his left hand while the right is handling an elongated gun. We therefore concluded that the old man was just hunting wild birds for food! Sigh! Yes, at least, we know we are not the target!
We were so surprised when we saw man driving an ice scramble cart I used to eat when I was a child. I remember the last time I ate ice scramble was about 10 years ago since I rarely find this in our city.
This was so surprising for me because who would expect that this place is the source of this ice scramble I used to eat before!
This signaled us that we are already very near the community in Sallacong and we reached the village center safely.
At the community, living was just so simple. It was thickly populated contrary to what we have passed along the way seeing wide fields with no houses.
That area is overcrowded and people flock in that area. During planting and harvesting seasons in the fields, they leave the community and the people are there at the farms making this overcrowded area to transform to a ghost town for a moment.
Well, it was such a great experience just traversing the road to Sallacong. So what have we discovered to this less-trodden path? This will be revealed for the part 2 of this post and our discovery was just purely serene wonders in the absence of hotels, restaurants and spa.
They were just pure beauty and wonders without the touch of commercialization and trade. Just hidden and I just prefer it to be hidden to prevent abuse and minimize human activity.
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