Hey guys, Kendall and Liam here,
We began our day by waking in our Hotel beds in Bacolod City at around 7:00am. Ensuring we packed all of our bags the night before to get a quick head start to whatever the 3rd day in the Philippines had in store for us. We then parted ways with the other 3 schools (Ellenbrook and Swan Christian College) as they went to different parts of Negros.
Today we travelled from Bacolod City to arrive at our destination of Isabella. During our introduction to Isabella, we got the chance to meet the Mayor of Isabella City (Mayor Enrique Quito Montilla III) along with his Wife and Mother. The locals also introduced their culture to us in the form of a traditional dance that we very much enjoyed, as well as indulging in the local cuisine. We took a lot of photos with the children as they weren’t used to seeing us “Joe’s”( which is slang for white foreigner)
We then left Bacolod City and ventured to the “ATI tribe village” which is a rural area surrounded by mountainous regions and populated by Filipino indigenous people. This tribe contained a school which educated year groups 1 to 5. The students also performed a very entertaining dance. It seems like Filipinos really enjoy dancing. After that we walked to a river which was located just outside the village and also happens to be the place we will physically wash our clothes just like the locals. The scenery out here is spectacular. We then said our temporary goodbyes to the ATI tribe as we will be working with them for the upcoming days and travelled to the supermarket where we had to independently purchase our breakfast for the next 6 days. We had a 400 Peso limit which is roughly $13 in Australia.
This activity has really broadened our perspective on the lifestyle of the Filipinos and makes us realise how fortunate we are. We do not know what’s in store for us during the next 2 weeks but we can tell you this much, it has been easy-going and relaxed for us during the past 2 days but for the next 6, we are going to work our hardest so that we can impact the world and ultimately make it a better place for all.
Liam and Kendall signing out.