Carrots (Daucus carota subsp. sativus) is a domesticated form of the wild carrot Daucus carota, native to Europe and southwestern Asia. Carrots are rich in carotenoids, antioxidants which inhibit the growth of colon cancer cells, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, and sometimes make you laglag-panty daw, especially when carried by an Igorot man by the basket and photographed at the perfect angle.
If you are within the Philippine social media loop, you have already heard of Carrot Man, how he swooned women with his basket of carrots, and his dimples (or gelasin, is actually a facial muscle deformity, probably one of the few deformities that make people look really nice), as he was candidly photographed by sightseers on the way to Sagada. Apparently, Jeyrick aka Carrot Man is from Barlig, another Shangri-La in the province of Mt. Province, Philippines.
Barlig is around 20 kilometers away from Sagada, and if you are coming from Banaue, Ifugao, you would see a fork of a road in Talubin, Bontoc, which says indicates the way to Barlig. While Sagada is already known for its caves, waterfalls, terraces, and other things that make your sore eyes happy, Barlig has a lot to offer too. These photographs by Rod Co (firstname.lastname@example.org) show some scenes in Barlig:
Well, if you want to check more sights in Barlig, or climb Mt. Amuyao, check out this Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BarligLiasKadaclanInPictures.ph.gov/.
As for Jeyrick, a fan page has already been put up (insert fan scream): https://www.facebook.com/officialjeyricksigmaton/. Edwina, the adventurous spirit from Munoz, Nueva Ecija who captured the Carrot Man can also be “liked” on https://www.facebook.com/officialedwinabandong/.
So, ayun, apir, at sabi nga nila, huwag maging dayuhan sa sariling bayan. At kumain ka rin ng carrots, pampalinaw ng mata, para makakita ng ka-tadhana. 😀
1a: a partial or total loss of consciousness, b: a state of bewilderment or ecstasy;
2: a state of suspended animation