We have a multitude of transportation methods here. This cart is being pulled by a carabao--a water buffalo. We often see them picketed to graze on the side of the road, along a sugarcane field or rice paddy. They appear to be gentle animals; children can lead them around.
The quickest way into town from here is to catch a little cab with 2 bench seats along the windows. The back is open, unless the cab is very full and then some may stand on the back and hang on. Girls aren't allowed to do that. :-) The jeepney is like a bigger version of the same thing--two long benches the length of the bus (no seatbelts!). There are no windows, but if the weather is bad, they will roll down some vinyl flaps. And no matter how many passengers there are, a jeepney is never full!


Corn is a main crop here, too (maiz, not sweet corn). It is dried by spreading it on a large cement court. One or more young men get the job of turning it over with a shovel throughout the day. Other major crops are rice, coffee, and sugarcane.
There is a rubber plantation not far from here, and mango orchards to the north. Del Monte has a large pineapple plantation, too.


This is a cemetery in the mountain village of Lantapan. On certain holidays the family comes and has a picnic at the grave. They burn candles and leave offerings of food for the deceased.
Interestingly, graves aren't as "respected" as they are at home. We could walk over the slabs, and a carabao was even left to graze among them.