Mountains and Volcanoes
Rhino Rock and Lioness Back: The Demise of Bulacan’s Playground
Maui Sanvictores | Sep 09, 2016
It was a rainy afternoon and with UP Diliman being a few kilometers away from this rumored place, my two college friends and I foolishly made our way to Norzagaray. In our attempt to climb this rock formation, we were greeted with an almost 10-foot high rock climb which consists of pathways almost invisible to the untrained eyes. I murmured -“What was I thinking when I agreed to this? What did I get myself into now?”. We were slowly regretting our enthusiasm of visiting this place as steeper rock obstacles turned into insurmountable fears. My knees shuddered, not from physical exhaustion but of doubts of ever making it out alive. Seriously, this was not a place for the faint at heart, especially as someone’s first climb.
Eventually, we made it, one hopeful step at a time. Hope being our only choice as there was no turning back. It was inherently more dangerous to go back than to push our luck and finish the climb. As is with life, we never live backwards. We live another day, with hopeful eyes, keeping in mind that, as C.S. Lewis said, “There are far far better things ahead than any that we leave behind”. Indeed, better things are about to unravel as we reached that final rock. Look!
Glorious, marvelous, and magnificent; go ahead and spill those inept words for this view.
But wait, before you pack your bags and create itineraries for this trip. You must know that this is after all, a fiction. Not in those glorious and confusing times we were able to get there, but merely a fiction now.
This geological rock formation, as of today, is nothing but a memory. A place where memories of awe and wonder were once made is reduced to a quarrying site. Heartbreaking as it is, Rhino Rock and the Lioness Back is no more.
This is what happens when people put more value on money and things. People tend to forget that we are part of the ecology. What happens to this earth directly affects us. It’s self-inflicted tragedy when we destroy nature.
On a lighter note, we are not helpless beings. We can still start today. Remember, one hopeful step at a time, we can work together to bring change and help preserve what’s left. You can take part in growing and nurturing Mother Earth. Do your part.