Some images from last year’s Buscalan trip
I was planning to do a post on this trip sometime earlier this year, but didn’t out of sensitivity to a terrible accident involving an irresponsible bus service company and an amazing group of artists that were on the way home from Buscalan. Many lives were lost in that accident, and it was so surreal that it should happen exactly to a group of people who were riding the same bus that we took a year ago, visiting the exact same place. As most of us have already said, we call it the “Florida Bus Accident” and not the “Kalinga, Ifugao Bus Accident” because the place had nothing to do with the misfortune. Faulty brakes and mishandling were the culprits, and it’s sad that this amazing place has to bear the brunt of a bad reputation because of a company’s error.
Anyway, I digress. Last year, a group of friends and I went to Buscalan in Kalinga to visit the famous mambabatok Fang-Od, one of the last tattoo artists to uphold this ancient style of skin engraving. I didn’t get one myself, but it has been one of the best local trips I’ve experienced. Apart from the tattoos, we did a few other unforgettable things. I swear you’d have to visit Buscalan yourself to see how impeccably the light hits this quaint and peaceful village. The hospitality is top notch and the top-load jeepney ride to the village was breathtaking.
More images on this trip to come. Tomorrow, I’ll be visiting Osaka for a short vacation. I’m really excited to take photos and get out of this dry spell that I’ve been having all year.