In the presence of modern technology where children are now engaged with smartphones, laptops, facebook and partying (on which I'm against if done by the little kids the wrong way - "insert fling, smoke and hard drinks"), I reached a quiet village surrounded by mountains called Mt. Ati, Mt. Bullagao and Mt. Mabongtot. The little village is called Palang which can be reached by crossing the Abra River in the town of San Quintin in the province of Abra. From this village, there you can visualize a legend that is still very much alive. A legend that has been a part of the living and culture of the people in this remote little village in spite of the revolution of the modern world.
[SAN QUINTIN] Overlooking Tugot ni Angalo from Brgy Palang
[SAN QUINTIN] Camera zoomed from distant Brgy Palang
The only predicament is the fact that reaching the place would be very difficult. But he said to me that as I CROSS THE RIVER
[SAN QUINTIN] Crossing the Abra River for free, and Why it was not More FunTEASER: "...it could be fun doing the river crossing but that fun wouldn't be real if you don't know the reason of the existence of this free river crossing." (on which I just did), I will be able to at least visualize the footprint. So imagine how big or gigantic that footprint is!
[SUDIPEN] Angalo Footprint at Amburayan River by a Mythical GiantTEASER: "I am now here, personally encountering one of the footprints face to face and it feels good to see in person what is used to be a story that I only hear." where I personally encountered one of the footprints in #SUDIPEN
#SUDIPENFAST FACTS: This is the northernmost town of La Union province in the Philippines. Some of the rice fields have been irrigated by a dam along the Amburayan River with a 1-km underground tunnel built by the Japanese during WWII."
PHOTO: Intake Dam in Sudipen town, a WWII landmark., LA UNION
LA UNIONFAST FACTS: This Ilocos province has coastline that garnered the title "Surfing Mecca of the North". But La Union is more than the surfing. It also has cultural sites and eco-tourism destinations.
PHOTO: Ma Cho Temple in San Fernando City, La Union... But as I was telling, this is one of the most famous footprints. The other famous footprint is at the top of PINSAL FALLS
[SANTA MARIA] Pinsal Falls - Ilocos Sur: Grandest Show ActivatedTEASER: "It offers a grand show, exuberantly plentiful as always. If this is a movie, she will be the best picture." on which I failed to see. This footprint I am chasing now is the right foot, while the other one in Pinsal Falls is the left one. So I have to say that this is the most famous pair. But as I said, there are many footprints scattered to different towns up north.
So now, I would want to act as an elder as I narrate the story of Angalo and Aran from the Ilocano mythology as has been passed from generation to generations. These two giants are equivalent to Adam and Eve in the Ilocano mythology. The only difference is that they are super-sized;
Once upon a time, there were two giants who inhabited the planet named Angalo and Aran. These two giants are believed to be the first inhabitants of the planet.
But the woman Aran is missing and so the giant male Angalo's longing to see for the woman was infinite. He continually searched for Aran and to be able to look for Aran he roamed the whole Ilocos Region.
Upon his search, he left massive marks, and these are the gigantic footprints carved into the young earth. Angalo also drank from the springs of what is known now as Pinsal Falls in #SANTA MARIA
#SANTA MARIAFAST FACTS: This town is home to the Sta. Maria Baroque Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site".
PHOTO: Belfry of the Santa Maria Church, ILOCOS SUR
ILOCOS SURFAST FACTS: This province has two UNESCO World Heritage Sites - the Sta. Maria Church and the Heritage City of Vigan.
PHOTO: Pinsal Falls (taken during dry season): Said to be the largest in Ilocos Region. and he has to kneel thereby creating other depressions. Those depressions are now natural pools at the top of the waterfalls and the largest of those natural pools with the shape of a footprint is claimed to be the footprint of Angalo.
Now here in San Quintin, the footprint is carved in a village called Labaan, it is still far from the place where I am standing now. But just because the man assured me that I can see the footprint by going to Brgy Palang where I am standing now, I pursued the adventure. So that would be a very gigantic footprint! Angalo must be a very super-sized man!
Right now there is no one who can help me go near the footprint. So I have to stay here and see the footprint for myself from afar but I still long to see it up close. It is claimed by the residents that it is 3 meters deep, five meters wide and 15 meters long! Whoah!
Now, using my camera, I tried to zoom in to the next mountain within the reach of my naked eyes and I noticed a depression in the area. I have highlighted it for emphasis just in case you can not notice it.
[SAN QUINTIN] The footprint highlighted inside the square
[SAN QUINTIN] Can you notice the falls within the giant footprint?
For you to better appreciate it, I have borrowed some photos from jojof who has captured that landmark in a closer degree.
[SAN QUINTIN] Real close. Taken by jojof from Sallacong, Ilocos Sur (not Abra)
[SAN QUINTIN] Closest photo I can show courtesy of jojof
This is considered by the people of San Quintin as their greatest tourist attraction that tourists may not even want to see because of remoteness and of the lack of tourists' knowledge about this Ilocano myth that exists in this CORDILLERA
CORDILLERAFAST FACTS: This is Northern Philippines' mountainous region composed of 6 provinces with numerous tribes, sub-tribes, dialects, distinct culture and heritage. The provinces included are Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga and Mountain Province
PHOTO: Lang-ay Festival in Bontoc, Mt Province: A gathering of all tribes of the province. province of Abra. The search is not over yet, this is just the second footprint and I am still under warm-up! The search for other footprints would be more epic.
As I cross the river back to where I came from, I again observed a very great thing that I bet you will most likely agree too to be good (I hope so). Before I left San Quintin, I have told myself I will blog this encounter and I noticed this one after I saw this footprint from afar. /to be continued...