062612 - The Urban Tracker (In Pampanga): Sweet Smell of Grasses In Telapayong

Mt. Arayat behind the Buensuceso neighborhood
he overlooking view of  Mount Arayat was simply majestic as we threw ourselves farther and deeper in Buensuceso and Telapayong.

Under the thickening heat, the warmth of the locals was undeniably apparent before the last cut to the boundary to another town of Magalang. 

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Buensuceso's marker in welcome sight
The trek started along the highway with a smell of sweet grass before the distant Arayat mountain view the moment clouds were clearing out. The expanse of farms typical of a provincial landscape was totally invigorating.

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Wild mushroom outgrowth along the highway
When all you have was this rural moment, how could you not gain the respect of how things work and fare for daily life locals here. Looking at how active and organized farming life, it must be a second nature or unconsciously embedded in the less-troubled Arayat denizens.

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Plastic wares peddled around by tricycle
Reaching the part of Telapayong, more activities became visible around the corner. Telapayong is another adjacent barangay lying at the foot of Arayat along Magalang-Arayat Road. Grasses and verdant farms were stretching out from afar while farm animals seemed to be hiding somewhere in those deeper part. Our hike continued as we found a big mushroom outgrowth clinging along the road  Then from the highway came a tricycle, a mobile vendor peddling plasticware around the neighborhood. 

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Betis works are alive with abundance of mountain woods
For the last lap, we reached the woodcrafts section of Telapayong.  Wood craftsmanship is the pride and an active industry in Arayat when it comes to woodworks inspired by the success of Betis, a town that gave Pampanga a success in the word working industryThe steady and abundant wood from forest mountains provides raw materials and supply that has sustained the industry. Along the highway, shops offered motorist from ready-made furniture to door woodworks along with native street bamboo sweeper of thicker strands.

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Bamboo sweeper being sold in one highway shop
In conclusion of our sightseeing and immersion, productivity and quality of life here are attributed to the abundance of Mt. Arayat's continuous natural ways of fertilizing the lands. The mountain is just a disguise of an inactive volcano covered with lush forest with waterfalls that drains water to the river. You could tell that it manifests its presence from gentle breeze leaving a sweet smell of moist of soil and grasses. Then, it's only natural to realize that Arayat should be regarded with thankfulness.

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Mt. Arayat as the skies momentarily clears out in Telapayong.
Finally, the view of Arayat in Telapayong revealed its clearer and more awesome version seeing the outlines of the mountain as the clouds momentarily exposed them.....Pampanga countryside at its best!.