Grow more medicinal, sacred trees!
Polomolok, South Cotabato, is home to the Blaan tribe and known for its rivers, caves, springs, and other natural wonders. The name Polomolok is derived from the Blaan term ‘flomolok’, which means hunting ground.
The Blaan believe that their land and its natural resources are sacred. They live up to more than a hundred years old and attribute this to their sacred medicinal trees and health rituals. This is why the tribe takes good care of their environment and use its resources sustainably.
To help the Blaan protect their sacred land and have additional livelihood opportunities, ILOVE Foundation seeks to transform Polomolok into a tourism site for health and wellness. We will do this in partnership with our loving organization Health Futures Foundation, Inc. Headed by former Department of Health (DOH) Secretary, Dr. Jaime Galvez Tan, the foundation submitted their LOVE plan for Polomolok during our 'Quest for Love' initiative.
Health Futures Foundation, Inc., which has been working with the Blaan since 2010, aims to create a tourism circuit where visitors can enjoy the beauty of Polomolok’s natural wonders, immerse in the local culture, try culinary delights, learn about medicinal plants, and experience Blaan’s traditional healing rituals.
The main attraction of this new tourism site would be a tree nursery. By growing more sacred trees, more people and generations to come can experience and benefit from them too.
ILOVE Foundation and Health Futures Foundation, Inc. will use the funds raised through this campaign to create this tourism circuit in the following barangays of Polomolok: Amguo, Sitio Bato, and Paradise or Bukay Eel. We are working with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to develop the roads linking the three communities.
We are going to make sure that the development of Polomolok would apply sustainable practices to attract a more discerning crowd, intentionally going for peace, quiet, health, and wellness.
Help ILOVE Foundation and Health Futures Foundation, Inc. create additional livelihood opportunities for the Blaan and protect their environment. Support this campaign by clicking the Give Now button. Don’t forget to share this with your friends and family. Plan a trip with them to discover the sacred trees of Polomolok together!