Mohe Waerebo! (Long Live Waerebo)

Thetraveljunkie.orgMy Trip My Adventure TransTV and I travelled to the Waerebo for MTMA 3th Unity episode. We spent 8 hours driving from Labuhan Bajo to Denge and 4 hours walking, hiking and climbing mountains in the midnight. we watched the weather clear up around us. We took little breaks to just sit on the grass, talking, laughing and just watching the elements transform in front of our eyes. It was glorious!

Here, we were at the Waerebo, a traditional village located at Manggarai hiterland. People of Waerebo continues preserving their nature and indigenous culture until now since their ancestor built the village at hinterland.

The ancestor of Waerebo called Empo Maro was originated from Minangkabau, Sumatera. He and his relatives sailed by sailboat and arrived in Labuhan Bajo, Flores. They continued their trip to the north until they found a place called Waraloka.

Based on story from the elderly, Empo Maro moved from one village to another; started from Waraloka, to Mangapa’ang, then moved again to Todo, Popo, Liho, Mofo, Golo Ponto, Ndara, Golo Pando, Golo Damu, and finally settled permanently at a place called Waerebo, where they had lived and had descendants until know.

Waerebo was the last spot choosen by Empo Maro because of his dream told him to move to another place at the East.

I am and Yosef Katup (Secretary of waerebo Cultural Preservation Board), Born in Manggarai on 1970. He has many work experience because he used to travel to Sulawesi and Kalimantan. Yosef chooses to stay at and to develop Waerebo. Besides as a coffee farmer, also a local tour guide who can speak English. He is local resources for Waerebo about traditional house and culture.

Wohoo… Selfie with Alexander Ngadus (Village Leader). Born in Manggarai on 1947, a coffee farmer with good carpenter skills.

It was just wonderful. And it was one of the best days of my life.

Just a note, if you are thinking of coming please leave no trash behind. And take with only memories, photos and videos.

Stay tuned for our #MTMA3thunity adventures with My Trip My Adventure TransTV in the Waerebo.


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