Have you ever heard about Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy? Yes, but do you know that it has a less famous counterpart here in the small town of Milaor in the province of Camarines Sur. The Leaning Tower of Milaor is the bell tower of Milaor Church (St. Joseph Worker Parish). This church is very old like other churches in the Bicol Peninsula. The first church was constructed in 1725 and completed in 1735 but later destroyed by fire in 1740. The present church was constructed in 1740 and the belfry was constructed in 1840. Huh, its been a very long time ago maybe that’s why its leaning nowadays. It’s amazing how this stone structure has survived the ravages of time. Include Milaor Church on your visit list this coming Holy Week! OYANGO TRIBE
The Aeta are an indigenous people who live in scattered, isolated mountainous parts of the Philippines. Aetas are considered as the earliest inhabitants of the Philippines, preceding the Austronesian migrations. They are nomadic and build only temporary shelters made of sticks driven to the ground and covered with the palm of banana leaves. The well-situated and more modernized Aetas have moved to villages and areas of cleared mountains. They live in houses made of bamboo and cogon grass. Aetas are found in Zambales, Tarlac, Pampanga, Angeles, Olongapo, Panay, Bataan and Nueva Ecija. But because of the Mount Pinatubo eruption, some of them move to resettlement areas in Pampanga and Tarlac. The different names referring to Aeta like "Ayta", "Agta", "Atta"/"Ata", "Ati" and "Ita" were probably derived from the root word "it", which in many Philippine languages means "black", as it means from the Tagalog term 'itim' and Visayan term 'itom'. Aeta people tend to have curly to kinky hair, flat noses, thick lips, big black eyes and dark skin. The Aetas became commonly known through Spanish colonial rule as Negritos. Various Aeta groups in northern Luzon are known as "Pugut" or "Pugot," a name designated by their...
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