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    The Tobacco "Killing Fields" of Ilocos Sur

    While on the road, Tutubi has difficulty of sleeping and prefers to stay awake and stare at the window always on the lookout for a new discovery, however trivial, for it's always along the way that serendipity strikes or a moment to be seen may be missed.

    While slowly traversing a narrow road from Santiago Cove, he noticed patches of vegetables that turned out to be, on closer inspection, tobacco plants, interspersed with corn fields. It's the first time he noticed them up close, hectares and hectares of them planted with the addicting plant made into cigars and cigarettes.

    a drive-by picture of a tobacco "killing field" somewhere in Ilocos Sur

    tobacco planttobacco plant picture up close (actually a cropped copy of a drive-by photo)

    Trivia: Tutubi doesn't smoke, he didn't even try to puff a stick of cigarette in his life. He only knew how to light one when requested by father to light one for him when he was a child. Noone among his 4 brothers and 2 sisters smoke; good thing his father quit the vice a few years ago.

    Tutubi wants the tobacco farmers of Ilocos to shy away from the evil plant by turning to alternative cash crops or other means of livelihood. Cannabis fields (or planting marijuana fields in upland plantations make a lot of money but destroys those who abuse the pot, cannabis is great though as medicine if properly administered)

    Lastly, smokers not only endanger their own health but of the other people near them. Cigarette butts, however small and innoccuous-looking, in large quantities clog up drainage in Makati, where supposedly "educated" smokers throw cigarette butts on the sidewalk and everywhere "so that the street sweepers can retain their job." Such logic! :(

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 7:57 PM,


    At Mar 8, 2011, 11:22:00 AM, Anonymous Traveler on Foot said...

    Oh yes same feeling I had when we were in Ilocos. Can't sleep kahit pagod from the long travel because of too much anticipation for the next days.

    I like the pun here:"educated" smokers throw cigarette butts on the sidewalk and everywhere "so that the street sweepers can retain their job." Such logic! hahaha...

    At Mar 8, 2011, 3:06:00 PM, Anonymous thepinaysolobackpacker said...

    d pa ako nakakita ng ganyang plantation. I dnt smoke either pero na-try ko mag=puff ng tobacco stick na sweet flavor sa Baguio out of curiosity, pinatikim lng saken ng isang blogger hehe

    At Mar 8, 2011, 4:15:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    traveler on foot, may tamaan naman kaya? :P

    thepinaysolobackpacker, you've been to vigan, you've set your eyes on them but was too busy or sleepy to notice hehe

    At Mar 8, 2011, 9:13:00 PM, Blogger bertN said...

    I used to be a pack a day cigarette smoker but one day I decided to quit "cold turkey" and I have not smoke a stick since. I feel liberated!

    At Mar 10, 2011, 11:38:00 AM, Anonymous bw said...

    come to think of it, what happens if the world universally outlaws tobacco ? Lots of people will lose their livelihood and giants like Philip Morris will go bankrupt !

    At Mar 11, 2011, 2:25:00 AM, Blogger Photo Cache said...

    you can sleep when you get home, that's my opinion. kaya ako din naka dikit pisngi ko sa salamin ng sasakyan at panay click ng shutter.

    galing ng title mo.

    At Mar 12, 2011, 8:56:00 AM, Blogger Pinoy Adventurista said...

    nakikita ko yan pag nagbabakasyon ako sa Ilocos Sur... pati yung nag naghaharvest sila... ang saya!!! ang daming yosi!!! hahaha!!!

    At Mar 12, 2011, 11:41:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    bertN, congratulations, you turnd off the switch. not an easy thing to do for most people.

    bw, it's such a bad thing to happen but it has to start soon and switch to healthier lifestyles

    photo cache, yeah, we're both drive-by shooters :P

    pinoy adventuirsta, i also noticed manytricycles loaded with dried tobacco leaves but failed to take even a crappy photo :(


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