It was an absolutely gorgeous day last Saturday as President and Sister Carlos and the two of us took a short 'break' from our traditional bedlam to visit nearby Magat Dam. It always sounded scary to me as the name is pronounced like the little flesh eating bugs we have in the US and for some odd reason, that wasn't appealing to me. Well. my friends, it was a marvelous day! The weather has been cold to the Filipino's and wonderful to us the past month but this day was a little warmer, a little dryer and the sun was shining as we entered the area. This dam is amazing...it covers 17 square miles and is the largest man made dam in Asia.
Magat Dam is a multi-purpose dam which serves as a source of hydroelectric power and as a source of irrigation water for about 210,000 acres of agricultural land. I believe I mentioned in an earlier post about this being an agregarian society.
The hydroelectric power plant is a four-unit powerhouse with a rated capacity of 360 megawatts. The hydroelectric plant is a peeking power plant which means that it only operates when there is a high demand for electricity in the Luzon power grid to which the plant is connected.
The water stored in the reservoir is enough to supply about two months of normal energy requirements. [thanks to Wikipedia for these facts and figures]
When we arrived, we found the pier and climbed aboard a 'boat'...I use the word boat very loosely as it was more like what I imagined I would see in Vietnam. Brenda and I got on first and she spotted water in floor of the the front section where the driver was going to sit. She repeatedly asked about the water, fearing a leak and when she got no response from anyone, just closed her eyes and accepted...Jerry was our 'driver' and I use that word loosely also...
|An enclosure for tilapia|
|This man is 'tending' his farm|
|A cute home on the banks of the dam|
|Another farm area with a floating shed for storage|
|What a gorgeous sight|
|No caption needed-us girls...|
|Aren't these unusual..and made completely by hand!!|
|These are water lilies that grow in and on the banks of the dam|
|Jerry, our navigator|
|This is a home for a family-in the middle of the dam. See the dog and chicken?|
|President and Sister|
|You know these two...|
After a relaxing time, it is back to work for these four missionaries because the work continues...oh, and by the way, I am two for two on my new glasses project-the second man was at church last Sunday, I am told, and we will go visit him tonight. Welcome February...have we really been 'out' for six months???? As the saying goes..'time flies when you are having fun'...and we are! We work hard, sleep hard, work hard, sleep hard, etc....and occasionally take a breather...