On the Road to Abra

I wasn't able to access the blog from Asia that's why the blog has been inactive for a month. Eeks! I'm back in the US and blogging again. Finally going to catch up on posts.

24 hours after arriving in Manila via a 15-hour plane ride, my cousins and I headed to the weaving village of Abra on an 11-hour overnight drive to meet artisans of Philippines' native hand loom weaving. Promoters of Abra's craft, Anthill Fabric Gallery's Anya Lim coordinated our trip with their annual holiday luncheon. Join our journey. 

  This our van left Manila at 10pm. PJ was armed with snacks and water for the long drive.

This our van left Manila at 10pm. PJ was armed with snacks and water for the long drive.

  Every town, big and small, had a Christmas tree in the town square. This one was in La Union.

Every town, big and small, had a Christmas tree in the town square. This one was in La Union.

  The sun was up and we were still on the road. At least we had great views of the verdant countryside.

The sun was up and we were still on the road. At least we had great views of the verdant countryside.

  Green farm and blue river.

Green farm and blue river.

  We finally arrive in beautiful, sparkling Abra.

We finally arrive in beautiful, sparkling Abra.

  It's simple and lovely in the village. Locals enjoying the afternoon breeze in a bamboo and straw hut by the river.

It's simple and lovely in the village. Locals enjoying the afternoon breeze in a bamboo and straw hut by the river.

  Welcome treats of suman (sweet, sticky rice).

Welcome treats of suman (sweet, sticky rice).

  Mothers gathering for the annual Anthill meeting in the weaving center.

Mothers gathering for the annual Anthill meeting in the weaving center.