Friday, June 10, 2011

Lanao del Sur | Kili-Kili, Wao - Peace and Prosperity in Cultivation

"If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home." -- James Michener

How I would appreciate nature? If I stay at home and have not explored the land of my neighbor, I would not appreciate how he plowed and developed his field. - bonzenti

Just like when I saw this field during my previous travels in going back to Malaybalay City, aboard an ordinary bus, with self-delusion, I would take some snapshots on this field someday. 

Truly enough, just last week, we were lucky and we're able to use our company service to speed up our work. Our job on that day is to update all the loan-assured-properties in this Barangay. 
Like what Benjamin Disraeli quoted, that "Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen." 

I  remember my desire to take some photos when I was on board with that passenger Bus, and saw this lush and verdant field. It was like a patching compound that pasted onto my brain and when I was done with all that snapshots that I have taken, a sigh of relief then followed, and said, at last, I already captured you.
I set my clock to 5 minutes in taking pictures. But that 5 minutes is equivalent to 5 hours of pleasure and satisfaction. This field is once became a warfield way back in 1970's as recalled of one of the old local folks when we took our late lunch at 3 pm, and now still a warfield of production areas to feed the rest of Filipino people in this land. 

Right away, a question came across to my mind that day. Why is it Lola that this field once became a warfield? I asked her that question. An answer to that question that no one could verify whether it is true or not. But because she is one of the pioneer settlers in this place, 100%, I believed in her. She replied, land conflict. Are you from what place? --from Tarlac, she replied again. Ohh, I see, so you are from Luzon? What was your purpose in coming here? For re-settlement, her follow-up reply with my follow-up question. I then stop my interview and divert the topic with the food we ate.
Kili-kili River
Barangay Kili-kili is rich in agricultural production areas. It is the next Barangay from Kalilangan, Bukidnon, where the natural boundary is the Marudugao River. Most of the settlers here are Ilokanos as recalled to one of the residence here.
No doubt that these areas has this type of contour farming since the pioneer settlers are expert in this type of farming activity.
Another spotted contour farming-paddy field
When we left that place.  I contemplated and realized that peace is really one of the factors to prosperity, not only the place but also the people who live in a certain place will also prosper if he/she has the will to cultivate. In the land we cultivate, there we find the feeling of appreciation, by not taking only pictures as what I did, but the feeling of appreciation that farmers are the people that feed people.

10 Con Tour Passers by:

  1. As in the place is called KILI-KILI?!?!


  2. @Mindanao Blogger.

    The first Barangay of Lanao del Sur after the kalilangan, Bukidnon. Yeah, they name as Kili-kili..:-).

  3. it was probably an interesting place with that name. what a name. it was very cool....

  4. @Thunderbird Casino

    Cool talaga, dahil Kili-kili...hehehe.:-).

  5. Bonz, this is so beautiful. Pero kili kili river? Wahahaha

  6. I love the last picture of the paddy field, it looks like a vineyard from afar. :)

  7. @Grace.

    It so interesting to note that there is name of place such as Kili-kili. hahahaha.:-). It looks like a kili-kili also.....:-).

  8. @Lakwatsera de Primera

    Claire, thanks for that. BTW, I've read your latest post about that couple, traversing the Australia Outback from end to end. I like that post.:-).

  9. the last picture captures a piece of land my family has been tilling for years. the rice paddies, the sugar cane plantation around them and all the other lands as shown so productive in the other pictures tell much about the hardworking Ilokanos. they go where needed and grow anything to adapt.

  10. the last picture captures a piece of land my family has been tilling for years. it is nostalgic to see the rice paddies and the sugar plantation around them. good memories of the place are plenty, and have kept us emotionally connected to and ever proud of it.


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