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When I took this photo I was unaware that the man ridding out on the kalabaw (water buffalo) was the Mangyan tribal leader.

As a sign of respect and gratitude to our @wattsoflove team for bringing his village solar lights, both he and one of his son were the first to welcome us as we were finishing our one hour mountain climb.

I was told that many of the villagers spent days, hacking and clearing the path and building new bamboo bridges so our journey wouldn’t be so difficult. He had such a quiet commanding presence about him it was obvious why he was the tribal leader.

Even with the improvements to the path, it was one heck of a journey that I will never forget.