"...the most noticeable of all is the beautiful sunrise over the mountain ranges that seemed like I was the only one who cares."

[TANAY, RIZAL, PHILIPPINES] ▬ Spending the night inside a running bus hurts the butt but I think it is much better than heartache. Still, it hurts. 10 hours of sitting almost made me forget how does it feel to stand. Pee breaks are occasional relief. Inside the bus is very cold and I've wanted warmth as soon as possible. Poor me, the warmth of love life could have helped, but no, only literal warmth can help me this time.

SITIO AGUHO, SAMPALOC, TANAY, RIZAL

[TANAY] ▬ SUNRISE FROM THE HIGHLANDS OF RIZAL PROVINCE, CALABARZON

▬ Good Morning Tanay, Rizal!!! ▬


#TANAY


THE BUS STOPPED BUT IT WAS STILL dark. I had this vibration telling me that we've reached the destination but everyone seemed to be sleeping still. So, I actually continued to sleep. I woke up seeing some empty couches so most probably some have alighted. My excited travel spirit compelled me to go out immediately not wasting any second for bitterness and hopia-ness.

SITIO AGUHO, SAMPALOC, TANAY, RIZAL

[TANAY] ▬ A SUNRISE AND A WARM WELCOME

SITIO AGUHO, SAMPALOC, TANAY, RIZAL

[TANAY] ▬ HIGHLAND VIEW WITH NO TRACE OF BITTERNESS


So I went out thinking it will be a warmer morning but I was wrong. Uh, it's the same. The chilly air was better though because it was all natural. It's so much different from the air inside the bus infested with air freshener that sometimes makes me vomit. I think I'm liking the natural cold air.

The natural light from the heavens above has appeared and to my surprise, I am in the place that seemed to be in a high altitude and I was able to confirm that this is our destination. There were mountains, mostly grass-clad. In fairness, those covered by trees were noticeable too. But the most noticeable of all is the beautiful sunrise over the mountain ranges that seemed like I was the only one who cares. The rest are busy sipping a coffee sold by early-bird vendors sprouting from different locations on the shoulders of the snaky road.


▬ Trespassing for a Better Sunrise ▬


WHEN THE MORNING CAME, I SAW TWO farmers who are, in this very early part of the day, already worn out with sweat while I still cannot move on with the early morning cold air that I've started to love. There are blockages of the sunrise view so I was not contented. I wanted to take a nice photo of the sunrise and a nice selfie. So I entered this fenced property so that I can enjoy the view clearly that morning. At first, I didn't see anyone whom I can ask for permission. Well, this is the first time that I witnessed a sunrise in Rizal province and I want to romanticize it.

SITIO AGUHO, SAMPALOC, TANAY, RIZAL

[TANAY] ▬ VIEW FROM THE PROPERTY I ENTERED


A few meters pass the fence, I saw someone standing and asked him if I can enter. Gladly he permitted me to continually roam around inside the property. So these highlands have charm. By the way, this is a portion of the Sierra Madre mountain ranges in a place called Sitio Aguho in Brgy Sampaloc, Tanay town. Yes, I'm in Sierra Madre!
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When the sun has fully risen, I went back in the place where the bus was parked. I saw a road leading to somewhere and a lone woman is walking on that road. Where is she going?

SITIO AGUHO, SAMPALOC, TANAY, RIZAL

[TANAY] ▬ WHERE THIS WOMAN IS GOING?

SITIO AGUHO, SAMPALOC, TANAY, RIZAL

[TANAY] ▬ THEN THE CROWD APPEARED FROM NOWHERE


Upon coming back to the parking area, a crowd has appeared this early. So what's happening? Where are these people going and why they are waiting here? Are they going to follow the woman walking alone on that road? What's in the end of that road? What's waiting for us there, or is there any? ▬ to be continued...

[LUZON] ► TRAVEL BLOGSERYE


STORIES OF TOWN EXPLORATIONS
"Faces of Pilgrimage Sites: Tanay and Quiapo"


EPISODE 01 | EPISODE 02

[TANAY] ► Giant Virgin Mary Statue on a Hilltop: For Tourists, Pilgrims


TEASER ▬ It seemed like I really can't move on with the beautiful surrounding as I joined the queue. This sanctuary is a tourist destination itself. It's as comely as a beautiful virgin lady.

| EPISODE 03

[TANAY] ► El Shaddai Hills: Regina RICA's 'Breast of God'


TEASER ▬ Blessings are meant to be worked on to. If God sees your sincerity and effort by living a life for His glory, then undoubtedly, you are the most deserving person to receive His abundant blessings.

| EPISODE 04

[TANAY] ▬ Handong: Vegetarianism, Nature and Religion Intertwined


TEASER ▬ It's vegetarianism on its face. No killing of animal life—it's primarily based on sustainable farming.

| EPISODE 05

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SERIES TEASER: PILGRIMAGE SITES WERE ALL MADE FOR THE FAITHFUL. THEY HAVE THE SAME PURPOSE BUT THEY MAY DIFFER IN MANY THINGS. JOIN MY TRAVEL TRAILS FROM TANAY TO QUIAPO AND DISCOVER THE INTERESTING THINGS I PERSONALLY LEARNED FROM THESE PILGRIMAGE SITES. TANAY AND QUIAPO ARE TWO OPPOSITE VARIABLES ON THEIR OWN.
14 MARCH 2015: RIZAL PROVINCE SUNRISE
ME AND THE SUNRISE IN TANAY, RIZAL PROVINCE, PHILIPPINES.

SITIO AGUHO, SAMPALOC, TANAY, RIZAL

[TANAY] ► HELLO! WELCOME TO REGINA RICA!


► FOOTNOTES, DISCLAIMERS, ACKNOWLEDGMENT, ETC

[1] This post is filed under the category "Sunrise and Mornings." This is a category here on my blog where I write my experiences, note down my insights and post photo essays about sunrise and mornings I've seen then I weave them into stories. There is a section below where you can see other related posts from this category.

[2] All maps I used on this post are the works of Eugene Alvin Villar and Mike Gonzalez published on Wikipedia. Source: 1 | 2


[3] All photos are mine.

[4] The insights, conditions and name of places or properties I mentioned here are based on the facts and situation on the day of my visit. Take note that you may have a different experience when you visit Rizal Province. Names of places and properties may also change by time.

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