Nature’s Therapeutic Touch

After more than a month of not inhaling fresh air, we got to do it this morning when we visited my parents-in-law. As usual, my three boys were very happy upon learning that we would again go to Indang, Cavite.

indang, cavite welcome sign from trece martirez (photo grabbed from
Indang, Cavite welcome sign from Trece Martirez (photo grabbed from

Their father’s hometown  is one of the places that they enjoy going to. They will always be connected to this place especially my twins. They were baptized in St. Gregory Cathedral and had their first birthday at Banaba Cerca, Indang, Cavite.

st. gregory cathedral, indang, cavite (photo grabbed from
st. gregory cathedral, indang, cavite (photo grabbed from

Furthermore, during the early part of their childhood, they would accompany their Lolo Pepe and Lola Heneng every weekend to check on their ancestral house while keeping residence in Las Pinas City.
In the case of my youngest son, he had shown instant liking to this place because of  its provincial sights and sounds. It was at this place that the farm animals that he would only see in pictures had finally come alive. He learned to distinguish the sound of the cicada from the sound of a frog croaking. But I think what topped the cited reasons is  the pampering they would receive from their  grandparents. In my case, it’s always a moment to commune with nature. 
Indang, Cavite is just a 15-minute drive from Tagaytay City. With this proximity, this place gets to enjoy the same climate with that of Tagaytay. Night time in this place would mean staying inside one’s house already because of the coldness. I had full enjoyment of this cold temperature when I stayed there for two months convalescencing after a cesarean section delivery to my eldest. Obviously, airconditioning units are  not in-demand in this part of Cavite.
Historically, Indang played a crucial role in the Philippine Revolution. As mentioned in “It was in barrio Limbon, Indang,  where Andres Bonifacio, defeated in the Tejeros Convention, arrested and prevented from pursuing his counter-revolutionary plan to set up a separate government and army. He and his follower were brought back to Naik, tried by a military court, finally convicted of sedition and treason against the Revolutionary Government headed by General Emilio Aguinaldo.” No wonder, one of the welcome signs in Indang proudly screams “Maligayang pagdating sa bayan ng mga bayani.” Unquestionable indeed.
You know, Indang had a glorious past. In his blog, Randy V. Urlanda had this to say about Indang: “Its six revolutionary heroes namely: Don Severino de las Alas, a philanthropist and two-term mayor who donated the land now occupied by CvSU, which was formerly named after him, Jose Elias Coronel, a doctor; Hugo Ilagan, a lawyer and educator; Raymundo C. Jeciel, a colonel of the Revolutionary Army under General Emilio Aguinaldo; Ambrosio Mojica, a general of the Revolutionary Army, and Jose D. Mojica, who played an important role during the revolution of 1896, and fought against the Americans until the surrender of Aguinaldo. When peace came, they returned to normal life as community leaders and worked for the improvement and development of their town and its people.” 
With this information, I had to kid my husband that he might be a descendant of Ambrosio and Jose having MOJICA as his middle name. Well, if it were true,  my sons would have the blood of heroes in them.
Aside from these gathered facts, I love the ambiance there. Fruit trees (i.e., mango, guyabano, jackfruit, star apple, etc.) coffee, yam, and vegetables also abound at the backyard of my in-laws. The miswa soup which we had for  lunch was mixed with a freshly picked sponge gourd (patola) from my father-in-law’s  garden. Minus the meat and other seasoning, the soup tasted perfect.
But what made me enjoy our brief visit today was the sight of the rambutan that was ripe for picking.  It was my first time to eat this fruit direct from the branches. Shaking off the black ants from each red and thorny rambutan  made it more exciting!

posing before the picking, shaking, and eating
posing before the picking, shaking, and eating

endorsers for rambutan
endorsers for rambutan

I was joined by Lancelot in this personal treat since he also loves this fruit. Just like me, it was also his first time to eat rambutan straight from its tree. If there would be a rambutan-eating contest, we would surely be the first mother and son tandem that would register.

i love this fruit!
I love this fruit!

I am lucky to be adopted by another province. It lessens my missing my very own Bicol. With the almost two-hour drive from our place, touching Cavite upland soil gave me joy and tranquility. It seemed to have this magical healing power on me, too. The headache that I had been experiencing for three days now due to the severe colds was  gone upon returning  to the metropolis.

The trip did me good… surely, nature provided me free medical treatment.

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