CEBU’S western town of Tuburan is so big that one can walk in its mountains and chance upon people fewer than 10.
I say walk because that is what we did on a rainy afternoon of Sept. 1, 2021—four local journalists who missed the pickup truck that would have taken us to Tuburan Cafe in the town center. We missed our ride because the foggy mountains held us hostage with their beauty.
Tuburan is mountainous, which is why it was a hotbed of rebels in the 1980s till the early 2000s. That reputation no longer precedes the town.
Tuburan is now known for its coffee, and in four years, it will be known too for its black bamboo.
On that rainy afternoon of Sept. 1 wearing black wading boots, we witnessed the beginning of the Bamboo Tunnel in Barangay Kabankalan.