Monday, December 22, 2008

A Visit To Dumalneg

Today, I went to escort a patient from the hospital of Batac to his hometown in Dumalneg. It was my second trip to the place. The first one was in 1998 where I was tasked to be one of the judges in the Clean and Green Program.

From the highway of Bangui, it will take you a short distance ride of 1.5km. It’s a small town with only one baranggay. You will be passing by the villages of Bangui such as Lanao.

This was a rare chance to see the place. Aside from its far distance from Laoag, the fare would cost you Php70 one way trip. But the trip was worth it since the people are nice. Rowena and her daughter Jen-jen showed us around for a quick trip to the museum and the Dumalneg Spaceship Center. The place was lovely and green with all the mountain ranges surrounding the town.

However, the town is so intriguing for me, since there is the presence of a religious group. These are called the lamplighters or they call their group as Spaceship 2000 E.T. with their leader Elueterio Tropa who founded it in Long Beach California in 1948. It is an international, non-sectarian, non-racial, non-politacal, non-violence, non-vices, nonprofit humanitarian mission toward world peace.