Mindanao Mission – Day 5: Travelling Northward

Rob had to pick up the poor moth by the entrance

For today, we just had to do interviews and shoot clips of our colleagues in Cotabato City — it was the same thing we had done in our Davao City office. It was an overcast day and I had a great time taking B rolls of the environment, especially the mosque next to our office. =) I did not realize there was one, not until I went to the rooftop and saw the familiar structure. Thanks to the timer function, I was able to get several shots of myself with the mosque, while Rob was conducting the interview.

Again, like what I’ve been telling the group I was with, it was really nice to see our colleagues in person, and put faces on names we just see on emails. They were the most welcoming bunch, and I had the highest respect to all of them working in the field.

Shooting a video of one of our colleagues

This mosque was next to our office in Cotabato

It was a Friday, and prayers were due by lunch time so it was difficult to look for places where we can eat. We just resorted to a pizza place and had to leave for a couple of minutes just to look for a souvenir shop to buy something for Mon. I found a still-open store, selling curious trinkets and displays. They also had shirts for sale and I bought two monochromatic “Cotabato City” shirts.

I had to look for a souvenir shirt and dropped by this place

This arrangement is giving me ideas

The whole afternoon, then, was spent travelling to Iligan City but the highlight of the seemingly long trip was the stopover in Matling Plantation in Lanao del Sur. Aside from the necessary toilet break, we had to try their wonderfully opened coconuts (the flesh was unbroken from the husk) and the famous durian! It was my first time to see the durian’s fleshy interior (the most I had was just durian candy) but I did not attempt eating one. I was too afraid to upset my stomach as we’d be travelling for about three hours more.The gang around MindanaoDurians from Matling Plantation

The ladies about to taste fresh durian


Again, I was sleeping most of the time, but before we knew it, we already arrived in Iligan City, Lanao del Norte!

Around Mindanao - Day 5

1) Davao City, 2) Nabunturan, Compostela Valley, 3) New Bataan, Compostela Valley, 4) Trento, Agusan del Sur, 5) Cateel, Davao Oriental, 6) Baganga, Davao Oriental, 7) Cotabato City, 8) Datu Saudi Amapatuan, Maguindanao, 9) North Upi, Maguindanao, 10) Malabang, Lanao del Sur, and 11) Iligan City, Lanao del Norte


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