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KIDAPAWAN CITY, Philippines — Experience the wonders of nature, sip the pristine waters and enjoy the freezing mountain breeze at the foothills of Mt. Apo at Paniki Falls in the tribal village of Mook, Balabag this city.
We travelled under the prickly heat of the morning sun and I was quenching for a cold water when we reached the foothills of Mt. Apo, specifically Umpan Village, Sitio Mook.
Just when I disembarked from our vehicle, the cold wind, the fresh air and the hospitality of the Manobo community amazed me and my companions.
The village of Balabag, a Manobo community of over 1,000 voters is under developed mainly because people refused development for fear it might displace them and destroy mother nature.
Melody, lady tourist guide narrated that their community largely depend on farming and growing indigenous crops for a living.
Protecting the forest is their utmost priority as they consider the forest and rivers their life. There were birth pains before the November 20, 2017 opening of the Paniki Eco River Park.