Not too long ago, more than 7,800 kilometers away, I said 'yes' to an Allah Valley Familiarization Tour email invite (from LGSP-LED and AVLDA) as if it was the marriage proposal I had been waiting for all my life. Like, I was ready to drop everything cause my gut was nagging me with the words this is the one — and I didn't even know where in the world Allah Valley was.
We were then encamped in a Yerevan Airbnb-listed apartment, and in the middle of a long backpacking trip. Next to Armenia, we had two more countries to wing, after which we were to let whim dictate the rest of our route. But since the invitation came, all the other overseas plans for July 14-19 were sacked. I was that committed.
Was it worth the change of itinerary? Heck yeah! It's a journey of epic proportions. Let me take you on a tour with these chunky fragments while I weave my sappy sentiments. For now, I simply cannot conjure the right words. I am that happily hungover.
Folks, this is the merry face of Mindanao that should be out there. On print. On the web. And in people's minds. Not that negative travel advisory.
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