December 5, 2013 in Uncategorized
I heard about this Marsh Land from my Papa because he would recount his trips on this mysterious swampland whenever I’d go to sleep. It got me curious and I have always been wanting to go that mysterious land ever since. It became a reality when I had the chance of going there for free.
It was in a rainy morning of Nov. 21. We departed from Patin-ay to Bunawan to catch the early pumpboat trip to Panlabohan which is the center of The Agusan Marsh Land. We were accompanied by several tour guides, tourism officials, local guides and photographers like myself. I was very delightful that this experience is not only new to me, it was also an all expense paid courtesy of the Provincial Tourism.
Although it was raining, it did not stop us to enjoy the 4 hour non-stop boat ride trip. We were able to take worth capturing subjects.A lot of scenery , people living along the river banks washing their clothes and fishing, pumpboats everywhere. I can just imagine what my father has told me. This is surely a place like no other.
We went inside in a small tributary river that leads to the big lake named Panlabuhan which is part of the Agusan Marsh System. Then, we went into this small community of more than ten houses where we were able to meet the very warm and fun loving people who do not stop smiling.
I was so overwhelmed of the surrounding because I see no dust, no pollution and not even so humid. It was a cool place, literally. We were housed in a 2 story building wherein i billeted myself in the veranda of the 2nd floor where I took a spectacular view of the lake. Just two words are enough to describe it -beautiful and matchless.
We went on tour with the locals roaming around the lakes, because there were a channel of lakes. We were able to roam around just the 10% of the whole Marsh but the experience is more than the said figure. The two- day experience is just unforgettable. No one can replaced the comfort, the refreshment of our soul, the beauty that we enjoyed in that place.
Truly, Agusan Marsh is one mysterious land for me. I remembered what my Papa said that even crocodiles were so tamed that they can even touch it. The pictures that me and my friends took and my observations say it all. The place is really commendable and I am inviting everyone who wants an adventurous and one of a kind experience. Agusan Marsh Land is truly a mysterious land!
Story by: Bo Canete
Edition by: Amyl Blanc0
Photos by: PhotoBo