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Watch: Pagbueoligan para sa Maytaraw - An Upland Outreach Mission by Aklan Trekkers in partnership with JCI Aklan Kalantiao

Pagbueoligan para sa Maytaraw: An Upland Outreach Mission by Aklan Trekkers (SHORT)

Maytaraw Primary School is located in the mountainous sitio of Maytaraw in Barangay Dalagsaan which is the farthest Barangay in the municipality of Libacao, province of Aklan. To get there, it requires riding a habal-habal, crossing the wild Aklan River 24 times and walking for more or less 10 hours.

Libacao welcomed us by a heavy rain on the first day of our mission. But that didn't stop us. After two hours of habal-habal ride from Brgy. Poblacion to Brgy. Agbatuan, we walked and crossed Aklan River multiple times for more than six hours before we reached Dalagsaan Integrated School in Brgy. Dalagsaan where we camped overnight and renewed our strength for the second day.

The rain continued to pour on the second day of our mission. It was a struggle but we were more determined to reach Maytaraw Primary School thinking that the pupils and parents are patiently waiting for us. The river became more wild and the water level was becoming critical. We slowed down but we didn't give up. After five hours of grueling hike and river-crossings, we reached Sitio Maytaraw. Then we realized, we survived the 24 wild river-crossings; the hardest trek of our lives and the most fulfilling.

Pagbueoligan para sa Maytaraw: An Upland Outreach Mission by Aklan Trekkers (UNCUT)

After our two-day journey to reach Sitio Maytaraw, we thought that we had experienced the most extreme. But our traverse to Calinog, Iloilo was just another version. We didn't expect to hike over such treacherous terrain. After more than six hours, we reached Brgy. Supanga, Calinog where the motorcycles were waiting for us to bring us to the town proper. And when we thought that we can relax, we found ourselves amid perilous rides over the muddy and rocky road going down. We entrusted our lives to God through our drivers. We arrived at Calinog Terminal at around 7PM. 

It's a mission greatly accomplished for 18 amazing and brave volunteers and one Maytaraw teacher. Glory to God!

January 17, 2019

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Ritch is a teacher who works full-time on weekdays, travels around Panay on weekends, and visits several provinces in the Philippines and countries abroad in summer. She loves random weekend nature trips, community immersion, and native coffee. Her mantra is "travel and learn." Hiking mountains has long been her favorite recreational activity and reaching out to indigenous people has took her to different places across regions. During her free time, she enjoys writing about her trips and share them to her students online. She is a Tourism Promotion Services NCII holder and commits herself to promoting great about each place she visits, from it's beautiful people to amazing destinations and attractions.

 

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