I share a lot about my travels in this blog—you might have read about my trips to Argentina, France, and Japan—but one of my favorite places to explore will always be the Philippines. I’ve actually been visiting Bukidnon for the past three years, but just last December, I got to go again to celebrate the 4th Sacred Customary Compact Celebration of Unity and Peace. It was an honor for me to be invited for the first time, because this special occasion marks the peace among the seven tribes of Bukidnon.
I went there to donate the proceeds from a painting I sold that was inspired by one of the seven tribes, the Talaandig. Bukidnon is a place that’s just so close to my heart. And I think it’s because it’s the complete opposite of the city life I live in Manila. No one’s caught up in the busyness in life, no one’s just on their phones. People live simply and they interact with each other. When you’re there, you’re surrounded by mountains and after you do just a little bit of exploring, you’ll already come across waterfalls and horses roaming around. Everywhere you go, there’s so much fertile land and lots of crops that grow everywhere. If you’ve read some of my recipes about adlai, this is actually the place where I get it from.
I would say that my most favorite part of exploring Bukidnon is learning, through its people, how simple life really is. I love how the people are authentically themselves and they’re not afraid to express who they are. They have their own kind of art when it comes to their fabrics and textiles, and this is actually what inspires me to paint—seeing so many colors that just naturally go together. They don’t even think about it, they don’t try hard.
Visiting this place always makes me fall in love with the Philippines. It allows me to get in touch with my roots and helps me see the beauty in living simply. Okay, ang daming say. Lol. Watch the video below to relive my Bukidnon trip with me!
Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. – Confucius