- Posted June 18, 2014 by
Mt. Mantalinjagan, Palawan, Philippines
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Summer skies around the globe
Haunting sunset above the clouds
This iReport is featured in our summer skies gallery on CNN.
- taliaday, CNN iReport producer
As we hike the exciting trail of Mt. Mantalingjagan, my eyes glowed of excitement. I asked our mountain guide and he whispered that the Tao't Bato tribe is doing a rare ritual for the fermentation of honey... My curiosity was aroused and asked what is that ritual all about - he told me that for one week, the tribesmen sing and dance as they wait for the fermentation of honey into wine... I eagerly asked him if I can take footage of that merry-making... He forbids me... "If you want to climb safely,never disturbed them', he whispered to me with conviction... I was so eager and obsessed hearing their happy beats and cheerful laugh as we ascend... As we climb, the unusual noises haunts me...
A day after, we are blessed with good weather...
We are one of the first ten groups of mountaineers to ascend the treacherous and wildest trail of Mt. Mantalinjagan in Palawan last March 2014...
It is a rare opportunity for mountaineers to witness the extraordinary sunset above the clouds at the summit of once forbidden mountain... The mountain is home of the Tao't Bato that lives on the caves and Tao't Daram that lives on the tree tops...
An enchanting climb of nature, culture and folklore belief...