Behind all the Beauty that is Adams


You can cry in awe at the natural riches of the mountain town of Adams, you can also cry in alarm at the beauty in retrograde. More than a week ago, a hornbill-wielding Adams local made the rounds in the net. On Holy Thursday, walking the paths to glorious havens, howling slices of burnt old sod cripple you momentarily.

Late last year, 3,250 hectares (32.3 sq km) of the only remaining high-biodiversity lands were proclaimed the Adams Wildlife Critical Habitat (AWCH) by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). (Read my story on Rappler here.)

Who is terrified of a fangless snake?

Picture 148Burnt Land

Going to Adams in 2005 was a turning point in my life. So much beauty to suck in. Before the rainforest town turns into another denuded town, I made a pact with myself  to help save in my own little way what is there left.

Between 2005 and the present, the town has changed hands at least 2 times. The concept of ecotourism my organization (LEAD Movement) has tried to establish in partnership with the local government in 2005 has evolved into two things, economy and tourism. The third element — the eco in ecology was left behind.

Natural assets are magnets to the lust of greed and power. Miners from the outside world remain to threaten these ancestral domains. Sitio Bucarot is a looming security issue — shades of  Spratlys. Archaic indigenous culture persists to defy conservation.

All an ordinary citizen like me can do is bask and pray in Adams.

Anuplig RainBran and Euge 3Eugene 2BrandonJoshuaStonesAnuplig Falls TrekCampMikeAlex and NicoleBolo RiverBolo RiverBran and EugeAdams WinesWine and Buko Store
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Follow the Green: Anuplig Falls


My free time in Adams was spent trekking to Anuplig Falls. It normally takes one and a half hours to reach the waterfall on foot. We cut the time in half by motorbiking up to Anat. By the time the rush of water was deafening, rain began to pour, cooling down my overheated system instantaneously. I regret that the cam wasn’t properly protected, so our plan to take a dip was set aside for next time.

Anuplig Falls

Anuplig looks far more intimidating in reality. The raw stillness around was stupefying, the air so crisp, the pellucid waters invigorating.

Rain + WaterfallAdams Mountainside

There are spots that hit you in the heart like a piercing object. Kaingin (slash-and-burn farming) is always justified as a cultural facet of the indigenous peoples.

Anuplig Falls TrailBack RideAnat RoadWild Orchids

Photographed by Jermin and Blauearth
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