Written by Czarina Platino. Preface, introduction and table of contents here.
I have said it before, but I will say it again. I love nature, and I believe that most, if not all of us, love it too. But do we all know what loving nature means?
Loving nature, for me, means respecting it. Nature was entrusted to us by our creator, and taking good care of it is our very vital job.
We all share the responsibility to protect nature and being responsible is a perfect example of it. Mindfulness and discipline should be practiced at all times.
As I get older, I consider nature a more and more precious. It is more valuable than obtaining expensive material things. No – I’d rather go out there gathering fruitful experiences that will make me a better human.
Moreover, my Alicia Hills journey has not yet ended. In fact it’s just only the beginning. As a citizen in my town and as a steward of God I will do my share to protect and take care of our environment. And I think that is what we all should be doing as responsible humans living in this beautiful world.
What do I get?
Alicia Hills has helped in shaping me as an individual. It is not only a place for me, for us to enjoy but a place of learning and also to re-connect.
It is a journey of discovering the kind of person I am. From my first hike up until the last one: each experience is unique. It gives me the opportunity to bring people and experience the beauty of our place. My experiences do not only make me appreciate the beauty of the hills but they provide me a much needed connection with my land of birth. I feel like it is the piece of the puzzle that glued the connection.
No wifi, sure, but instead I find the strongest connection to my inner being. And, far from easy, it makes my body exhausted but still I grow stronger and happier every climb.
I am now connected more than ever. The Alicia Panoramic Park (Alicia Hills) has become a significant landmark of the town and its citizens. And as a familiar quote says “do not be a tourist to your own country” and that’s just what I’m trying to follow.
“Experience is the teacher of all things” – Julius Caesar.
“Don’t change the mountain, let the mountain change you” – Pinoy Mountaineer
“If you could get up the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed” – David Viscott
Special Thanks to:
Municipal Tourism Office
Alicia Trail Guide
Brgy. Cambaol Officials