May 18, 2015
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Plenty of old style buildings are still being used in this island where folks are respectfully silent in public places namely jeepneys, boats and eating places. Felt wonderful to dine where conversations in other tables do not reach you – finally, the perfect scenario for eating out in this country but only in Marinduque.
June 16, 2014
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Meet Rita as she cuts gabi stalks
Rita is an Ifugao, a cultural minority group in the country. She lives in Batad and her place in the mountain serves as a traveler’s inn with a terrific view of the amphitheater rice terraces of Batad.
Wood fire cooking
She is very old and her upper body is bended at the waist when walking (like most elderly Ifugao women). She walks barefoot in the mountain trails aided by a wooden stick. Her countenance has the look of a wise figure with her prominently lined face. She is wise in fact and talks articulately in English (like most Ifugaos, as I’ve noted).
Rita's inn straight ahead
Even though Rita belongs to a minority group, her family and her ancestors made a great contribution in the country’s cultural legacy by building and maintaining a national treasure – the UNESCO inscribed rice terraces.
Rita's traveler's inn
One's view in every moment at Rita's inn
Rita's equally wise husband
Grinding betel nut for chewing and spitting pleasure
Having native coffee prepared by Germaine, Rita's daughter. This spot makes a perfect place to rest after a day's hike in the mountains and rice paddies