There are eight artesian wells at the relocation site of hacienda Ilimnan in the village of Santa Rosa, Murcia town.
But there was not a drop to drink, at least when I was there.
“Ilimnan” means drinking glass in Hiligaynon.
The wells did not appear to have been instigated by anyone not to produce water. It could be the heat, it could be the depth of the dig, the residents surmise.
The site is where residents who were displaced by the establishment of the cattle breeding and dairy farm of the provincial government of Negros Occidental were transferred.
Some houses are made of concrete, most are made of nipa and wood.
The Negros First Ranch will be home to 7,000 Dorper sheep from Australia that will be purchased by the Capitol through a loan facility. The Ranch also houses Brahman cattle (beef cattle), Holstein-Friesian cattle (dairy cattle), and Katahdin ewes (sheep), among others, according to the Capitol website.
The establishment of the Ranch is aimed at “upgrading the livestock industry in the province in terms of cattle breeding and fattening, sheep breeding, swine breeding, and pasture development projects.”
As everyone awaits the arrival of the animals, I took a peek at the lives of the people.
This is the first in a series of albums and stories about hacienda Ilimnan that will appear in this blog.
MANY BOMBA THIS BUT NO WATER | No water comes out of this artesian well | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles
A YOUNG GIRL HELPS HER MOTHER in preparing to do the laundry | The intermittent water supply from the artesian wells are forcing the residents to go the nearby river to bathe and do the laundry | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles
THE WATER BEARERS | Children source their potable water near the river where a hose supplying water from a spring is located | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles
NO FAUCET | This is the communal potable water source | This container fills up in about 10 minutes | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles
OPEN AIR BATH | It is also at the river where mothers bathe their children... | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles
...or where the women do the laundry... | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles
...and even the men, too | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles
STILL A PERSONAL AFFAIR | No washing machine, no dryer, no spinner | Just the hands | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles
PLAYING AMONG THE ROCKS | A young boy in hacienda Ilimnan plays before taking a bath in the river | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles
REFRESHED | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles
CHILDREN AT PLAY | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles
DAUGHTER BATHING, MOTHER WASHING | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles
SOAP AND STONES, CLOTHES AND BOY | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles
BOY AND BABOY | The river is not only for people but for animals, too, like this pig who took a bath with this boy | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles
AND THIS CARABAO, TOO | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles