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Marlboro Country May 26, 2006

Marlboro Country

Why Marlboro Country? It's got wild horses! Well, somebody owns the horses, but they run wild on a summit called Lamagan. Lamagan is collectively owned by the neighboring barangays and overlooks all of the Mountain Province.

A Guided Tour
The one hour hike to Marlboro Country was courtesy of my two Antadao hosts, Colas and Erikson. It can be reached by mountain bike, but we took the foot-trail through the Antadao high school building. The route also gave us a different look at the village of Antadao. It was a short but steep climb that as usual, afforded a spectacular view of the surrounding villages.

Cows
Upon reaching the peak, we saw cows that were curious if we had salt for them...we didn't. It would have been an experience to have them lick salt off our palms.

Wild Horses
We were just chilling out, admiring the view when five magnificent horses emerged from the forest canopy and grazed in the open field - 4 brown and 1 black. It was an awesome sight. We couldn't get close. They just ran off. But for as long as we kept our distance, they grazed allowing us to view them as we sat there by the grass.

Ending Thoughts
Not too long ago, Marlboro Country was a secret thing...kind of. However, increased exposure and word-of-mouth gave it away to the public (that's why I'm at liberty to talk about it). Sagada keeps many such secrets, I was told. Already, I had been taken to a few, but sworn to secrecy (read: even if we are friends, don't even attempt to ask me what or where). Perhaps, such treasures should remain what they are...a secret.

Thank you Colas and Erikson for that wonderful hike.

--- TheLoneRider

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