"Let there be light..." Now why does that sound familiar?
We were in Bontoc in the Mountain province when the sun climbed over the hilltop from across the valley. The darkest part of the night was over. Mere minutes ago, where there appeared only a single dark silhouette of a landscape, now we see several layers of hills all the way to the horizon. Moments earlier, the black mass of tree bushes in front of us was just that, but now we see every single branch, twig, and blade of grass distinct from the rest. And the town in the valley below? The flickering lights melted into a misty scene of tightly-packed homes, built among the rice fields that line each side of the Chico river. Because there was light, everything around us was transformed.
But know this: I thought the more important part of that transformation wasn't what we saw at sunrise, but rather how the experience of dawn transforms us all. The exact moment when night turns into day, it's as close as you can get to witnessing that very first day of creation, when light first came to be. One moment it was total darkness, and next the whole of creation magically appear in its glory. It's a humbling experience no matter your religion, but don't take my word for it. Set your alarm clock for 4am tomorrow and experience it for yourself! Enjoy.
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