The sun was bright in the sky and it was begging me to take a ride to Lopinot (pronounced Lo-pi-no).Â The last time I drove to Lopinot, I went with my father and his parang band (a very long time ago). For some reason, I cannot remember the drive being this long and winding. But the scenic mountains and tall trees marveled me even more.
A Scenic Lopinot
When we arrived at Lopinot, even though it was long the drive was worth it. The area has a lot of historical relics for visitors to enjoy. First, there is the House of Compte, Charles de Lopinot, who settled in the Valley in 1806 and name the estate â€œLa Reconnaissanceâ€. On these 478 acres the plantation house is the most visible.
Views from Lopinot
This sign gave a little history of the estate. (Click on the picture to zoom in).
The other thing that really caught my eye was the dirt oven, an earthen, dome-shaped structure. This oven baked without natural gas or electricity. Sweet! Yes, this is the oven of yesteryear that baked breads, cakes, etc. which was the tastiest (so I have heard and would love to try it someday).
The second thing that caught my eye was the Cocoa House. The Cocoa House is a reflection of the years when cocoa was the main crop in the valley and was a thriving industry. Long time, the Cocoa House was mainly used to dry the cocoa beans that were brought from the fields. The cocoa field workersâ€™ tools were also stored beneath the cocoa house.
Parang is still alive in the valley of Lopinot, especially at Christmas time. Here is a brillant depiction of the paranderos and their musical instruments.
The musical instruments the paranderos play (Cuatro, guitar, mandolin, violin)
Before I end this post, I must leave with you this view. Enjoy!