In the middle of corn and rice fields, there lies a beautiful lake which is yet to becoming known not just locally but internationally – Alapasco Lake.
119 kilometers from the City of Love, this natural wonder is silently located – waiting for you to show its pure beauty.
1st of July when from out of no where we have decided to join The Great Outdoor Camp’s Outreach Program.
And finally the date has finally arrived – 23rd of July. I was a bit excited because it is going to be my first time camping out. (Yeah, my parents have never let me join any camp even at my elementary school which was technically two blocks away from home.) 6:30 AM was the assembly time – at Ceres Terminal. It is indeed one of the best bus terminal in the country at present – it has its own diner, convenience store, pasalubong center – and above all – a decent comfort room.
At around 7:00 in the morning, IDs were distributed, we signed the waivers and we were given last minute instructions. Then we get ourselves ready for the trip.
Northern Iloilo route is already familiar to me. It was only last May when we headed to Bulubadiangan Island at Concepcion. Travel time was almost three hours before we reached the municipality of Batad. From there, we took another quick ride going to Alapasco Elementary School to start the program. There were a lot of activities the organizers have prepared – school supply drive, feeding program, medical mission, magic show and tree planting.
As per instructed, we brought our own lunch and enjoyed eating it the most convenient way.
After that, while the outreach program is still going on, organizers invited us to see Badiang Falls.
According to the locals, because the country is currently experiencing El Nino phenomenon, there was only a little water flowing. The way up there was never easy – you have to go through a maze of corns, balance yourself in the rice fields, battle with gravity because there were steep path, get my shoes wet for I wasn’t clever enough to avoid the waters. For all these trails, you are given a chance to hear the music of nature again – whistling of leaves, rippling wings of dragonflies, rushing of the waters and the sounds of frogs. These were all served as your therapy to ease all tiredness away.
While other members of the camp decided to went up higher than to where we are were resting, we just decided to take the path back to the elementary school and yes – we got lost in the middle of corn maze and rice fields. We are just so thankful that we met Christian – a junior high student who helped us find our way back.
The fulfilling afternoon has ended that day but it wouldn’t be ending so great without a beautiful groupie.
On The Way to Alapasco Lake
Okay, so I couldn’t find words to place in the description field to explain how it looks like and how it feels to be there so I will be posting pictures here and I will just let you create your own descriptions.
After taking some photo opportunities, we started to setup our tents – cook dinner and eat.
There was also a short program organized by the organizers where they showed us a brief history about the group, camping etiquette and their achievements. Appreciation speeches were also delivered – from the founders, heads, barangay captains, medical team and fellow campers.
The locals there were so friendly that they would even let us use their toilets if you want to take a bath and more. Lights off. ZZzzzzzz.
Good morning Alapasco Lake. There could be no better mornings that to wake up to a beautiful wonder of nature in front of you while sipping a hot noodles soup.
That would be all – I would also want to thank the motorcycle driver who took us our complete group picture.
See you next trip!
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