Saturday, 21 April 2012

Summer treat ... it’s summer time and the living is easy, sing the Zombies in their top-selling record of the ’60s. True, the hot sun and the cool breeze come together to perk up your taste buds for coolants such as the all-time favorite “buko juice”, especially when the green, young nut is halved right after being plucked from the mother tree. Scenes of “buko” being split for its nectar and tender white meat are common during summer in many coconut farms around the country. Picture was taken last summer at a farm in Pinagbirayang Munti, Paracale, Camarines Norte, in the Philippines.

Buko tourists … a group of vacationing Mambulaoans from Pasig City descended one blistering day on a coconut farm in Pinagbirayang Munti, Paracale, Camarines Norte, in the Philippines, to feast on sweet and tender “buko”. It is a pilgrimage this family does every summer, unmindful of the 350km drive to their ancestral home in Parang, Jose Panganiban, where the members spend a few days for a yearly sojourn at their hometown.  

The quest for delicious buko … for this group of “bakasyonistas”, eco-tourism and buko tourism go together. This is the “hostile” terrain they have to deal with just to reach the tree that will drop them the much-sought sweet nectar of buko nuts. -- MWBuzzpics by ALFREDO P HERNANDEZ

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