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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Miss Iggy in the heart of Mindanao

Schoolgirl Iggy wasn't one to let her mind go dull during the semestral break, so she participated in the annual conference of the Ugnayang Pang-AghamTao (UGAT), the Anthropological Association of the Philippines.  It was held in Central Mindanao University, located in the heart of Mindanao, Bukidnon.

The conference started early with registration...and Miss Iggy crushed on this cute guy who helped her pick a kit bag. "Don't forget your meal stubs, Miss Iggy!" said the nice lady at the back.

The conference hall was packed with participants who were interested to share their thoughts and learn about public anthropology.

During lunch, the Talahari Band shared their music. 

After the long, tiring day, Miss Iggy and her friends went out for some pizza--a really big one!

There was a campus tour of the Central Mindanao University on the last day of the conference. CMU covers a wide area, so they had to go around by coaster.  Miss Iggy and Lauren are both glad the hectic days are over!

The story of Musuan Peak goes like this: there was a pair of lovers who eloped and ran off to the hills.  They jumped off a cliff, and where their bodies fell, grew a mountain.

The Central Mindanao University's strengths focus on agriculture and forestry.  First stop: the Carabao Milking Facility!  This one's ready to share her protein with the world!  :)

The milking machine--but you can also use your hands of course!

The carabaos don't mind the tourists much, as long as they don't take photos with flash.

Waiting for their turn.

They seemed to take a mild interest in Miss Iggy.

With the star of the show!

Of course, the trip wouldn't be complete without trying out the caramilk at the sales center.  The chocolate milk was so delicious!

After the carabaos, Miss Iggy said hello to the goats!  These young ones are used to the camera.

Presenting, the alpha goat, lord of the hut!

The university also had a rubber tree plantation and processing facility.  Here's latex being tapped from the tree:

Bukidnon truly was beautiful, and Miss Iggy hoped she had more time to explore it.  Oh well, maybe next time!  :)

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