Brown Mountain Ranges
Reaching and Exploring (the town): Citing the Difference
Going to Licuan-Baay didn't require me to trek and hike (at most) and you think it was easy? Nope. I was even given a chance to ride on a decent car courtesy of some kind people of Abra but that doesn't mean I didn't have to experience exhaustion.
Ok, let's say it this way. You can actually reach the town via the Kalinga-Abra road easy because the said road is paved and improvement is under way. But you will just stick to what you can see at the highway which are mountain ranges and nothing but mountains. I tell you, the beauty of the town is hidden behind, in between and beneath those mountains talking about protected caves and subterranean rivers.
'Reaching' Licuan-Baay via Kalinga-Abra Road
So to make the visit to this town worth it, I really want to use the cliche word explore and 'reaching' the town is different from 'exploring' the town.
'Exploring' the town is a whole different story
So now you know the big gap of difference of reaching and exploring the town and you will learn more if you will keep an eye to my Licuan-Baay series.
The town and the people
Tingguian Elders in Baay
Licuan-Baay is a town of around 4000 people which belong to the Tingguian tribe (or Itneg bloodline). Like other towns in Abra, the people of Licuan-Baay speak their own Itneg dialect while Ilocano is spoken when they go to the capital town of Bangued.
I got the chance to meet the people of the Baay side and met some of the amazing Tingguian elders in Brgy. Bulbulala. They don't wear traditional tribal clothes and they are just like us. But one thing that makes them unique and identifiable to others is their Itneg dialect.
The Itneg people who are educated can speak Ilocano, English and Filipino too. I am just talking about the dialect here. I know there are more with regards to their culture, practices and customs but to understand that, it requires that I have to live with them in a considerable length of time. Of course, I don't want to talk as if I am very familiar of their tribe.
Baay National High School
The town has 11 huge barangays and I was able to visit 3 of them called Nalbuan, Bulbulala and Tumalip and a sitio called Tubong.
The three barangays are just wonderful. I was welcomed with great food, great sceneries and of course warm people.
Teens in Nalbuan killing time at this foot bridge
Old House in Bulbulala
Exotic Food in Sitio Tubong (Tab-Tabba)
Fresh Highland Buko in Tumalip
Rice fields in Bulbulala
Town of Gold
Mt. Cap-Cappo, the mountain of Gold
Another golden mountain
Licuan-Baay Brown Mountains, one of the many things to expect
So what to expect and see in the town? There are plenty of them not yet mentioned in this intro post. Expect butt-numbing off-road adventures and liquid wonders. To be continued...