Having just come from Mindoro last week, I find it right to re-blog this old post of mine from two years ago. While I was with a Mangyan tribe in Magsaysay, Occidental Mindoro then, last week was with the Hanunuo tribe in Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro. I hope to write more on this…..

My Extra Rice

It was a new kind of weekend for me. I did not know what was going to happen and how the experience would become, but I agreed to go just the same. Actually, I just wanted to be with the other LENTE volunteers and observe how projects are implemented on the ground. Having been tasked as the organization’s acting executive director, and part time at that, I needed to have a sense of how it is on the field.

What I got from that weekend however was more than what I expected.

I joined LENTE’s Ona Caritos, Det Det Eugenio, and Kat Lee, Erwin Caliba and Tony Villasor of COMELEC in having gone through a 12 hour travel from Cubao, Quezon City to a remote village in Magsaysay, Occidental Mindoro. It was my first time to experience RORO (bus-ferry-bus-tricycle). We left Cubao 6 am on May 12, and we reached…

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