Ascent to Kabugao
Hours on the rugged mountain road to Kabugao,
I cling like a monkey on a jeepney's cargo rack;
seeing slopes of ten thousand trees, I sigh,
thinking of one with a hundred yellow blossoms.
Kabugao is the capital of Apayao, a mountainous province in the North. I went there sometime in 1999. I can't forget that trip: I was practically hanging on one side of the fully-loaded jeepney for hours.