I was just going through all our pictures that we have taken all the years that were hidden in a box. I came across this picture of mine with some of my family with me. If I remember it was taken in the early 80’s. I must be like 13 or 14 years old. With me on this photos are my siblings and cousins and nephews. This is our route from our house to the main road where we would catch a jeepney to go to GenSan. In those days there was no motorcycle yet to take us.
Ever since I can remember my parents had this kariton (cart pulled by the carabao). It really is used a lot on our land, especially during harvest time. We put a lot of coconuts in it that just were being harvested from the tree and be brought to our Tapahan (a place to process the coconut to dry). That’s the place that Bob has a video when he was working in our farm a few months back. Nowadays a lot of the kariton, they use a truck tire instead of a spoked wooden wheel. It is easier I think for the carabao to handle when its dry season. During rainy days this tire in the picture is much more helpful. It won’t get stuck easily in the mud. That’s how I remember my dad said. It is also good when passing through a river.
During the mid 90’s our Barangay Captain was lucky enough to get the budget for a nice bridge. They built it. It was really nice. I saw it when I took a day to visit at our farm. I was impressed and some jeepney that are en route to other municipalities would even swing by at our barangay to get some passengers. It was really nice then because the people can transport their product easily to the city. Somehow the bridge just lasted for a few years. The budget was really for a good bridge and I think a lot of the money it went to the pocket of somebody. Sad to say some part of the bridge was wash out by the flood. The farmers now really had a hard time bringing their products to the city. Not much vehicle would go there because the road that’s not passing through the river is bad too. I wish and pray that the Barangay Captain now will do something to rebuild the bridge. It is really important to all the people there to have that bridge done again. I think that hill behind us on the photo was now washed away slowly by the flood too. My family are trying to talk to the Barangay Captain to really asked the Mayor or the Governor of the Sarangani Province for another budget and have the bridge fixed properly and let the money go to the proper use instead of someone’s pocket.
When I was growing up one of our neighbor had a buying and selling business, they buy corn, copra and other products. They also had a mini super market and convenience store. At least with them the people in the farm will sell products to them and they are the one that will transport the product to GenSan or somewhere else. It was good to the people at our farm.
In the early 80’s their was rumor that NPA is around the area. And it happened that the wife of our neighbor that had money was kidnapped. She was held for a few weeks. After her releas the family decided that they will move out in the farm and they lived in the next barrio that they felt they are safer. Our farm was like a ghost for a few years. Even my parents moved to GenSan until my dad died. I know that it was dangerous to live in the farm, my dad know a lot of the local people and even the muslims. Even them they told my dad to get out of there and stay somewhere that’s safe. Thank God that after a few years of being hostile now our place my beloved farmland is safe again. I hope it stays like that for our lifetime.
It really is good to see my old photo again and think back of my childhood. It brought back a lot of joy and some sad memories.