Osman is one of the remote barrios (barangays) of my hometown of Malinao, Aklan in Central Panay in the Philippines. Back in 2006, it was difficult to reach this barrio – it was accessible only by motorcycles travelling through narrow and treacherous mountain roads. Apparently, there is now a road that can be traversed by a motor vehicle that goes to the barrio.
The view going there is breathtaking – old growth forests intermixed with coconut plantations, tall mountain peaks and … rice terraces! The flora is rich with unidentified ferns and ground orchids and various other plants. There is a river that runs through the valley below that has some swimming holes and low water falls. The village itself is situated in a valley along the river that is quite picturesque because of the huge boulders scattered all over. From what I know, this barrio was/is always a progressive one, winning the cleanest and greenest barangay in our town several times.
As for fauna, I saw a few interesting (but common) birds such as the blue-throated bee eater and wood swallow and a captive Brahminy Kite (banog). Up in the forested mountains to the west, the Visayan hornbill makes its home but according to the people I talked to, they are there, but are quite rare. Colasisi (Philippine hanging parrots) may also be found sometimes in the forest.