The Ruins of Stalactites

Article 6 of the Palawan Chronicles


Palawan Day 5: Farewell


Our last day in Palawan was spent with travelling back to Puerto Princesa; buying pasalubong; another two-hour delay in flight with the same red-dot airline; and having a fever when I finally got home.

The wasp stings developed a dark mark on my skin, big enough to make me alarmed about it. I was a bit paranoid because we had an actor in our show Katipunan that got bitten by a spider in Palawan, and his leg swelled for the whole year.  Fortunately, there was a clinic in Manila International Airport and the doctor said it was just an exaggerated reaction of my semi-sensitive skin. I got a fever of 39.6 when I got home, which my father said was an effect of the sting.

But this article was not about going home nor the dark marks as the greatest souvenirs, because that was the ugliest part of all.


Encantadia. Photo by Nessa Gabrillo

Encantadia. Photo by Nessa Gabrillo

The Rain Goddess of El Nido was crying when the two city fairies first sought shelter in the caves of Encantadia.  And at first glance, the place caught the fairies’ hearts.

Encantadia. Photo by Nessa Gabrillo.

Encantadia. Photo by Nessa Gabrillo.

The cave is once a living stalagmite colony. Tito Bong said that when he was young, he used to stretch his vocal chords in the cave, with the stalactites as his audience. But some time ago, someone axed one of the stalactites for selling at the black market.  The stalactites seemed to be interconnected by an outstanding bond so when one died, the whole cave died. Thus, Encantadia will be born in the area.

An area will be transformed into a resto bar featuring performers from El Nido. An area will become inns for guests. And a lot of areas will be created for recreation and good picture-taking venues.

Photo by Nessa Gabrillo. Color by me.

Photo by Nessa Gabrillo. Color by me.

So before we bid each other goodbye, we decided to pay tribute to the spirits of the cave.  To do this, we climbed the rocks, which were sharp as usual.

Photo by Nessa Gabrillo

Photo by Nessa Gabrillo

Encantadia. Photo by Nessa Gabrillo.

Encantadia. Photo by Nessa Gabrillo.

Aren’t these enchanting enough to make you come back?

El Nido, may you retain your beauty and charm until I come back. Goodbye for now, and until we meet again, my darling serenity.


NEXT ARTICLE:

Let me Breathe the Air: A song for my Darling Serenity


Article 5 of the Palawan Chronicles – El Nido Inland Tour: The Attack of the Wasp


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