Arriving in Banaue and Meeting the Youngest “Mumbaki”

We pulled into Banaue past six yesterday morning. The Ohayami bus was comfortable and the driver drove at a safe speed (important at the blind curves) so I managed to get some sleep.  There were many foreign tourists on the bus which was good. After registering and paying Php20 at the terminal, the bus conductor pointed us to the free shuttle to Banaue Hotel. Lilymae and I were the only passengers!

Our room was ready so we were able to check-in immediately and help ourselves to the buffet breakfast.

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Aahh. If all fieldwork were like this, I can do this year round.

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Our bedroom view.

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Highlight of the day was going to Ujah for Lilymae to interview one of her key resource persons, Rey, a mumbaki and kagawad.  Only 19 years old, he is a storehouse of traditional knowledge and culture.

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We also saw his nephews playing with traditional Ifugao toys.

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