Rookie - 126 Points (11/07/1975 / Natonin, Mountain Province, Philippines)


Melvin Banggollay

Kindled with the spirit of genuine brotherhood
Of people known as the peacock of the North,
We welcome you with all pride and humility
To behold the greatness of Kalinga’s beauty.

Come one, come all to Cordillera’s rice granary
And explore its vast verdant scenic beauty
Blessed with plains and mountain’s tapestry
Best for agriculture, mines and many industry.

As we share in the aroma of our great coffee
Known to relieve boredom magically
Come and enjoy the Kalinga’s hospitality
Blooming with sweet, caring camaraderie.

With its many tourism potentials and festivity
You will enjoy the people’s cultural ingenuity
More when you go rafting in Chico river’s fury
With world class rapids liked by foreigners today.

As your Governor, I invite you all to visit and enjoy
Kalinga’s beauty, rich culture and great adventure
Along with its vast economic resources and potentials
That can help you find treasures and fulfilling ideals.

Matago tago tako amin,

Provincial Governor

Written as part of the brochure
Of the Kalinga’s Foundation Day

Submitted: Monday, February 02, 2009

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Comments about this poem (WELCOME TO KALINGA by MELVIN BANGGOLLAY )

  • Rookie Catrina Heart (2/2/2009 11:00:00 PM)

    WOW! ! ! ! What a composition written so vividly and beautiful that supports the promotion of Kalinga's eco- tourism........I really loved the beauty of the North, its richness and preserved culture and tradition...The etnicity of the region, its rich history and brilliance in craftmanship of the people...really amazing..........10/10 (Report) Reply

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