062512 The Urban Tracker (In Pampanga): Saved by the Umbrella In The Lotus Village of Pandaras

View under the long sky Bridgeway of North Luzon expressway part of Candaba swamp.
assing that long sky Bridgeway on North superhighway, the river system below makes up a part of Candaba swamps. 

Part of that is Barangay Pandaras where we just arrived now in front of its public elementary school. 

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Aboard tricycle on a wind blown drive to Pandaras
Pandaras is still a part of San Fernando as the map indicated with our mind unconvinced yet but it's quite evident  Candaba is in majority mostly on the part of the town of Mexico. There’s a nice neighborhood after all here as locals welcomed us with our little queries in determining the boundaries.

There’s a thrill in a ride to nowhere and there’s a joy and less dull moments while talking about the possibilities of the day with our face being slapped by the wind. We already had known a long ride going to the part of Candaba, part of Mexico Pampanga after our tricycle ride passed below the highway bridges overseeing the Candaba swamps.

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Road construction with the tractor on a drag along.
Much more when we saw the constructions going on as we caught this tractor fixing up a part of the road and flattening it up. It began getting a little ominous when we thought the roads getting difficult after a long ride much more when the swamps came in sight for we were exploring a community with a lower elevation of a land all the time thinking of a need to get in time to Pandaras as the ride back was scarce and incalculable.

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Bunch of lotus stems being dried for a handicraft raw material
In one house, we found these bunches of lotus stems being dried up. When we asked, the lady told us it's the way how they passed up time here. These lotuses have been thriving wildly and copious in the swamps that people here have thought of something to make it useful and lucrative somehow. The local LGU's had launched projects conducting livelihood seminars on the use of lotus by converting them to items like baskets, and other ingenue handicrafts. So the lady we talk was part of the beneficiary of livelihood that is growing here to transform the lotus weaving to income generating engagement. But we were yet to see the complete finished product because we needed to go back to the city in time. That's when we remembered, we were missing something.

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Can't help but a look back in the neighborhood in Pandaras.
We left an umbrella on that tricycle. And just in time when we're about to call one, the tricycle driver we boarded earlier returned to find us raising that umbrella we thought lost. He told us he noticed the umbrella and chased us to return it. And for that gracious act, we asked the driver to take us back to  San Fernando proper and again while aboard the long ride in the tricycle, our conversations were swamped with politics, some unheard of legends about San Fernando with winds again kissing our faces in the rush.
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