Saturday, August 15, 2009


This is the view of my barangay (neighborhood) from St. Benedict’s Church. The name of the barangay is Kin-iway. It is the capitol of the Municipality of Besao and about 97% Anglican! Besao is located in the western part of the Mountain Province of Northern Luzon in the Philippines. There are about 300 people who live here in Kin-iway. There are no street names or house numbers here because everyone knows everyone else, where they live, and who they are related to. If you look you can see the barangay of Banguitan in the distance on the mountain side.This is the downtown area of Kin-iway which includes the municipal hall, post office, police station, hospital, shops, and elementary school. Our Market day is Sunday, so I head there after church! It is only a five minute walk from my house.
This is Besao Central Elementary School in downtown Kin-iway.
-Melanie West Goes... Kin-iway

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