|Mainit is a village in Bontoc municipality in Mountain Province in the Cordillera region of the Philippines.|
It is nestled deep in the mountains.
|Mainit is about an hour's drive from Bontoc, or a three-hour hike...|
|These pictures were taken during a fire-plagued dry season in April 2010. |
The scars from the mountain fires blight the serene landscape.
|The ricefields of Guina-ang with the hamlets of Dalican in the smoke-shrouded distance.|
|Fires have dried out the swiftly-rushing streams.|
|The ricefields are green but they are getting parched.|
|The ricefields of Chakkang amidst the desecrated steep mountainsides.|
|A pine grove holds sway.|
|How green was my valley?|
|Our mountains, our fields, our home. Let us protect them. From fires, from mines, from lies.|
|Blueberry shrubs thriving on the stonewalls of Tuvo ricefields.|
|The hotspring continues to give forth life.|
|How many times must the summers burn,|
Before the springs run dry?
|Save our village,our home. Stop the burning.|
|You young people, educate the old folks at home.|
For their sake, and the future.