Those were the days and I do not remember much of them, or what I was doing there. Suffice to say I visited parts of Kalinga from east to west.
Now when you sit down to a meal of unoy and traditional smoked ham stew with woodfire-burned chicken, followed with a mug of Kalinga coffee, over sweet rice cakes topped with orange marmalade ....
Martin STOP! You were saying about roads...?
Many communities are still awaiting the implementation of an agreement dating back to 2007. The present and immediate concern of elders and leaders is the effect of geothermal projects on volcanic activity in the area. This should be addressed post-haste to give the people and the government peace of mind on the feasibilty of development. It has been proven in Krafla volcano in Iceland that the volcano can be deliberately tapped for supergeothermal energy. Are similar methods intended here? Conversely Iceland saves $100m per year on oil imports. Its capital city Reykjavik, once the most polluted, is now one of the cleanest cities in the world, all due to geothermal energy.
The proponents can give you long lists of benefits of geothermal energy. But if that's all they give you, ask to see the other list. It may only be a short list, as above, but that will make you think twice, especially if you live here or downstream. NIMBY it's called. Everyone will say it's good because it is nifty, I mean nimby. I think I should visit Nimbin again. I mean Lubuagan.
Will the tranquil days of a mountain lifestyle remain or go?
Will we remember them, will we remember when?
When we lived in simple times, when we danced to the gongs.
and watch the verdant boon
of sweet young unoy rice seedlings bloom
to pearls of golden rice grains in June.
It's a log and a heavy load, to tote.
But where not all roads are rough and dusty.
I better rush down there before the bus leaves.
Or else I’ll hang on these roads of troubles.
while the sun shines on Lubuagan kids at play.
And the sun will shine fair on Lubuagan.