"Still, it is significant because it is an ancient mark, an evidence of prehistoric civilization. The trek continues..."
I can't get over it! As I write this post, I'm thinking like I'm writing a fictional series because everything I encountered in this expedition is like tower Babel trying to reach the sky knowing it is impossible. If you followed this series, you know I wasn't able to provide the right answers to the mysteries because I can't really find resources to prove them (and no one has presented an accurate datum, even my tour guide, on which I am required to have as per LGU order, can't give me an answer).
Following the direction like a twitter follower
So what is Ganga House? Please forgive me, but again, I'm going to answer you like we're watching the transformation of Cinderella to a cyborg in barefoot.
Ganga House is a mysterious low-ceiling, house-like, stone-made, pyramid-y roof huge stone situated on a slope of a mountain in Alab Oriente, Bontoc. The photo below will help you figure out what I am talking about.
Ganga House (Stone House)
I can even hardly sit
So what is the significance of those selfies? Well I just want to show you how low the ceiling is. This stone house is believed to be made and/or arranged and/or/mini-mini-maynimo designed by the early inhabitants of this ancient village. For what purpose? Maybe for security, as a form of shelter, and for fun, maybe.
Inside the Ganga House
My guide told me that the Ganga House has been used by the warriors during the great World War as shelter and hiding place. Ok what else?
Ganga Pig Pen
What about this? Well I have to tell you this is a real pig pen now ruined (by the pigs that used to live here for merry-making). It is weird (based on the concepts of the modern world) why people those days immemorial have to build pig pens at the steep part of the mountain that requires 2-3 hours of hiking. Hmmm... How I wish those pigs have burial grounds too and see their piggy skeletons and tag them "prehistoric pigs." Why not?!
But definitely, this ruin has nothing to do with the great ruins of Angkor Wat, definitely. Still, it is significant because it is an ancient mark, an evidence of prehistoric civilization. The trek continues...
...about to finish the expedition
After seeing the Ganga House and the Ganga Pig Pen (spots that archeologists and curious explorers should not overlook onto), we are already trekking on our way down to the exit point. This will take us about an hour or more than an hour if you are slow (Note: it could be up to 24 hours if you are sprained and there's no one out there to help). Warning: It could be up to one week if you are trekking with severe arthritis. Hire someone to carry you to at least cut the time 5 days shorter.
As we go down the trail, I noticed stone formations that I believe, not naturally-formed. There must be a human intervention for this. Please help me identify which is which through a mid-term exam below in multiple choice form.
Lion head: (a) natural (b) man-made (c) all of the above (d) none applies
Bust-shaped stone __ Bontoc (Fill in the Blank)
(a) of (b) Jeane Napoles (c) 2 ways to loss weight (d) ways to cure bad breathe
Towering pine trees: (a) true (b) false (c) trulse (d) Tapatan with Tonying!
I asked my guide if those are natural or man-made but she wasn't able to answer my question. For me, there must be someone responsible for those rocks piled over the other forming obvious shapes and forms.
I am leaving Mt. Data now and soon the village of Alab Oriente. I have written 7 articles for this mystical ancient village.
Saying goodbye to Mt. Data: an ambiance of Goodbye :(
I love you, goodbye.
That rock out there, is one of the burial caves.
I have learned a lot from this prehistoric hinterland. I will forever cherish the people I met and the knowledge I acquired. And for Part (8), I'm going to share the best human encounters in Alab Oriente and how they welcomed me with open arms. I miss them. I love them. I sure will be back here :( /to be continued...
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