i'm accompanied by 2 aeta guides in a 4-wheel truck for a one hour drive to the trail head. the start is in Capas, Tarlac, at a crowded tourist center, 8am.
Matt, our Aeta guide, and Francisco, an Aeta tribal leader from the Olongapo area, are my companions.
Kids sell bamboo hiking poles for 20 pesos (50 cents).
Chito Balintay, organizer of the Aeta in the Zambales area, drove us at 5am the 1 1/2 hrs from Olongapo City to the Pinatubo start.
The eroded hills of lahar and my companions.
Aeta kids we picked up on the way.
Trailhead parking area, only 20 minutes away from the crater.
The beach is a short walk from the crater rim.
The area around Botolan, one hour drive north of Olongapo.
Chito Balintay's house in Botolan where the Aeta organize every Monday,
Preparing fresh water eel for our lunch.
The edible fruit of the cashew and the nut.
I learn how to kill a chicken.