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MDP Village

Hub for the enlightened soul
By Earl D.C. Bracamonte

MDP Village, built in the last three years, is located in Brgy. Rosario at the edge of Cervantes town in Ilocos Sur; right at the crossroads that lead to Sagada, Baguio, and Candon City. Overlooking the Abra River, amidst a wide expanse of verdure, the village is likewise ensconced by two historical passes - Tirad and Bessang - where wars were fought in the very area.

The Tirad Pass recounts Aguinaldo's World War I exploits, while Bessang Pass recounts the Filipinos' efforts against the Japanese during World War II. Rumors of the Yamashita treasure and the Golden Buddha buried in the mountains of the Cordilleras have brought prospectors to the town in the early 1960s.

Gold panning was prevalent then, not just for the locals but also the Chinese migrants. The Lepanto mines in the area has bolstered the belief that, indeed, Cervantes is one treasure trove of a town.

"MDP Village was formerly a ranch, thus the presence of …

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