Due to the travel ban, many tourists weren’t able to go back to their own home countries. Instead of worrying about what will happen to them, they immersed themselves in the culture of Banaue, opening doors to a deeper understanding of the people. They had a cultural immersion and helped locals in farming during the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine.
Stranded tourists learn to farm in Banaue during community quarantine
In a Facebook post, two young female tourists transplanted rice seedling somewhere in Banaue, Ifugao. Although only learning the basics, their unique experience gave them an intimate knowledge of understanding it all a little better.
“In Banaue, Ifugao, stranded tourists lived their province experience to the fullest as they planted rice in Igorot soil. Yes, you’re doing it right.. 👍👍🌾🌾
📸 Sherwin Lee”
Netizens react to stranded tourists.
Of course, netizens reacted positively to what these two women did. They also applauded the tourists for learning how native Filipinos live and do their livelihoods. Aside from the cleaner atmosphere, this became another positive thing that came out of the enhanced community quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Unforgettable experience due to this lockdown.”
“Definitely an experience they will never forget… Good job!”
“It’s better to be stranded in Banaue than in Manila. They will learn how to survive in any crisis.”
Hopefully, they could come back after four months to experience harvesting their own handiwork.
Angela Grace P. Baltan is a Communication graduate from Colegio de San Juan de Letran. She doesn’t hesitate to be opinionated in analyzing movies and television series. As a writer, she uses her articles to advocate for feminism, gender equality, and mental health among others.