5am was the call time at Mintal, old Petron, for the exploratory trip to Bunawan, Agusan del Sur for possible research projects and linkages of the University. A total of 18 researchers went to explore the area. Majority of the members of the exploratory team though are from the College of Science and Mathematics because of their current researches on sago (local name: lumbai) in the said area. For the daring team from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, it was our first time. The team from CHSS was composed of Ara, Kuya Val, Jesse, Maam Jeni, Ligs, John and me.

We headed out early so we arrived at our destination ahead of schedule even if there was a slight delay in Davao. We went to our “dorm” to freshen up before we went to the site. Everyone was excited, specially ligs and me, because of our new rubber boots.

After a short lunch break, we went to the area to explore the unexplored.

All is well here…until we reached halfway…

A quick stop at the one and only pit stop in this race. It was just a short walk but since we were walking on marsh land – n. An area of soft, wet, low-lying land, characterized by grassy vegetation and often forming a transition zone between water and land (syn. swamp and bog), it became a short, tiring, exhausting and dangerous walk.

Then we reached our destination. We just looked at how the IPs process their sago, took some samples, then went back to where we came from. And this happened.

Official Soundtrack: How Deep Is Your Love?

Johnnypanic, the Barbela of the group, the nemesis of Zsazsa Zaturnah rescued me. But even if we went through all the struggles, we were still able to do this.

And all of these happened on the first day of our Weekend in Agusan (marsh).


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