January 2019 | rich'nritch.com

January 2019

Over The Mountains and Into The Rapids: Our Altruistic Journey to Maytaraw

I want to share with you a wonderful story I was blessed to experience just a month ago. I seldom do this, friends, but sometimes you just feel the need to share some things wonderful and different that might change and inspire lives. Last December 14-16, 2018, I joined a group of people for an upland outreach mission in Sitio Maytaraw, Brgy. Dalagsaan, Libacao, Aklan that turned out to be one of the best things that happened in my life. I’ve been to other outreach activities before but this one is different. This time, we get to risk our lives doing it. Upon hearing of this mission, I knew right then that I want to go. I saw the documentary in Jessica Soho and I was inspired to be part of it. I’m not in good shape but the pregnant teacher in the docu video made it, so surely I can do better than that? Goes to show how naive I can get. But before that, I’ve got other matters to attend to, work to do, and dysmenorrhea to expect. To cut it short, I managed the work with the help of my beloved Accounting Team... and the dysme came early. A miracle. To make it better, a good friend and classmate came with me. Apart from Pres Cha, I don’t know anyone else... a little anxious, something an introvert would only know. Though we will be missing a quiz in our law school, we still decided to proceed.

January 25, 2019

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

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.

 

January 17, 2019

First Aklan Hammock Festival 2018 by Aklan Trekkers

Participants enjoy the hammock tower

On February 17th until 18th, 2018, a group of Aklanon hikers composed of I (Ritchel), Richard, Marco, Jackie, Clark and friends organized quite possibly the Aklan’s Largest Hammock Camping with a bit of festivity and a great cause.

This wasn't for any music festival, or for any company event. It was simply for the pleasure of enjoying the great outdoors, taking in the Jawili sun on a beautiful Tangalan day. A mixture of bright colors filled DENR Regional Training Center, Aklan Integrated Project locally known as Nursery as participants donned yellow event shirts and as hammocks of various styles and brands, mainly Dahon, Tingguian, and Naturehike, were set up between several pine trees. The venue was accentuated by the serene beach, beautiful orange sunrise and sunset, and blue daytime sky. Also, delicacies and local products were present at the event along with multiple slacklines.

January 9, 2019