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Monday, December 10, 2012

People on the Road: The Ifugao Girl in that Small Sari-Sari Store

Just want to share this... 

Last week, I was in Ifugao with some other travel bloggers for our G.I.V.E. Ifugao Project; we did a quick stop over at that little sari-sari store before heading to another school. While waiting for my Milo Ice Candy, I noticed that a couple of cellphones were hanging at the store's window sill. Suddenly, a phone rang, and a local went out running to answer the phone. The girl did not get or hold the phone but just pressed the answer button instead.
I love Ifugao - It is a place where phones are not status symbol, where communication is 
more on personal and heart-to-heart talks.

Me: Ate, ano po yang mga phone na nakasabit? Payphone ba yan?
Tindera: Ah, hindi, dyan lang kasi may signal sa bayan na to.

Watching the girl while she was talking on the phone made me smile, really. It was a happy moment for me. It was a new learning. Simple life, it is. I really want to live in Ifugao.I want to live in Ifugao... soon.

"Sometimes, life is not really that complicated, we just need to go back to the basics."

10 comments :

  1. We need to go back to the basics to survive...when is the real start? Today.

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  2. This made me smile too :)

    Iba talaga dating sa akin ng Cordillera.

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  3. I remember a place in Batanes na nakasabit ang mga CP sa bintana, I think its in Sabtang.... nakakatuwang tingnan but you are right.... they do it not to show na they have a CP.... they are just waiting for an SMS from their loved ones:)

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  4. How fascinating is that. It shows how Filipinos are so relentless that even in conditions that seem impossible to get by we still manage to survive.

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  5. Chasing PhilippinesWednesday, December 12, 2012

    @ darwin | Tracking Treasure,

    Im glad it gave the same effect on you. My heart was really smiling when I was watching that girl. And I agree, iba talaga ang dating ng Cordillera. =)

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  6. Chasing PhilippinesWednesday, December 12, 2012

    @ Melo of Outoftownblog.com,

    Their life is so simple. It's very inspiring how come not all people can afford it, right?

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  7. Chasing PhilippinesWednesday, December 12, 2012

    @ special education philippines,

    I think it would always be on how one would look on things.

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  8. this is funny. I should do this on our cellphones here in Paranaque because of the poor signal!
    - Enyang

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  9. i have the same experience in the province with this one. funny but there are really specific areas where a signal is available. none the less, people are becoming creative because of this one.

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  10. "a place where phones are not status symbol" this just gets me.

    Back when I was a mere teen up to when I was a college student, I was perplexed as to why a person is able to cash out huge chunks of dough for a phone alone. Only for me to do the same when I started working. The phone serves its purpose but still, there's this nagging feeling that I caved in to something I shouldn't..

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