For more than two and a half years I stayed in the mountains of Luba and Tubo, two neighboring towns of Abra Province, part of Cordillera Administrative Region in the Philippines. The purpose is to preach to people about the message of the Bible or what we call “good news of God’s Kingdom”. (Matthew 24:14) As one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, we make our earnest efforts to reach far-flung regions in order to preach this good news and help people there whatever their religion is in any way we can. I started my journey in the mountains back in 2012. The experiences and lessons I got there are really precious. Living there was one of the best things happened in my life. To begin with, I will narrate how you can get to Luba and Tubo.
Going to Luba and Tubo
When you are traveling from Manila, it would take you a day or two in getting to Luba or Tubo, Abra depending on the weather and the road. If it is dry season, it would usually take 11 to 13 hours to get there or a little sooner if you have your own car, or better yet, a motorcycle.
When the road is dry, you can get there usually by a 4×4 passenger jeepney riding on its “topload”.
One of the best experiences, however, is to travel by foot going to remote barangays or when there is no available transportation other than walking. It usually happens during the rainy season when the road is too muddy or there were soil eruptions that even a motorcycle can no longer pass by.
Along the way, you feel closer to nature. When you have reached the summit, you would feel as if you are on top of the world. Here are some of the most memorable experiences we had during our stay in Abra, together with our friends and my cousin.
The following photos are some of the most memorable “sidequests” we had during our stay in Abra.
Perhaps there will be another time for me to visit these territories. I really miss the people there both the brothers and sisters in my former congregation in Agumanay and the people of Tubo. I give credits also to all who volunteered during our stay.
In preaching the good news, we really need to sacrifice like what Jesus Christ did when he was on earth. Preaching the good news of God’s Kingdom was his priority. While we’re living during these turbulent times hard to deal with, we can find lasting happiness by doing noble things for others. As Jehovah’s Witnesses, we’re doing this out of love for people and for our God Jehovah. For more information about our beliefs, please visit www.jw.org.