Today we are off on a NatGeoish adventure here in CamSur to pay a short visit (and perhaps a ribbon cutting ceremony) to one of his unfinished business: a bas relief carved on an moss-grown rock somewhere in the Consocep Mountain Park deep in the heart of Mount Isarog. The sculpture was crafted but abandoned half-done about two decades ago so hopefully we can find it and find it in a not so obscured state . That is if the stone hasn’t rolled down yet.
Our itinerary requires a 30-minute drive from Barangay Hanawan in Ocampo district through the snaking path from the foot of the mountain all the way up to the Consocep Mountain Park’s starting point. From thereon, we will have to make friends with our feet.
This mountain hike wouldn’t be much of a trouble for me since I have sweat out a lot of peaks before and some are much higher and more formidable than Isarog. What I am unsettled about is that that was a long time ago. Twenty years can do a lot of rust.
But–and by good luck–the trail to this forest is a paved highway.
And by much more luck, I have my 40-pounder who is more than willing to go with us on this arduous trek –on a piggy back ride.
Less than an hour of hiking and we’re in the thick of the rainforest. Cold, damp and blusterous with the sound of rumbling waters. I shall tell you more about this mountain park on my next post, but for now the old artisan, after finishing a bottle of Matador brandy, shall commune with mother nature first and have one biting hydro-massage before leading me to his lost art.
Al Oliva and his unfinished and untitled bas relief which, amazingly, didn’t fell prey to vandals after all these years. Did he fail on this one? Well Charles Cooley once said “An artist cannot fail, it’s a success to be one.”