Visit to the Boondocks (Bundaan)

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Visit to the Boondocks (Bundaan)

We took a 2-hour gut-wrenching, kidney-crunching trip to Bundaan in Barangay Dumalaguin, which is part of of Impasug-ong, Bukidnon . Really steep roads (sometimes with huge rocks in the middle) and narrow cliff-lined traversings gave way to very beautiful mountain views, rice terraces and a cool mountain spring pool with waters so clean, you can drink from it! Just awesome! So thankful we have a car that can take all that beating. Read the rest of this entry

Hatid Serbisyo

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Hatid Serbisyo

In English, “hatid serbisyo” can be translated as “bringing of services.” Our municipality is located in a mountainous area, composed of 13 villages (“barangays” in the local dialect), within an area measuring 1,051 km². Roads to some barangays are treacherous, and people in these areas cannot readily come to the plains and avail of essential services like medicines, doctors, legal advice, and such. To make things easier for them, the municipality brings these services to them once a year. Read the rest of this entry

Trip to Samal Island: Madyaw Beach & Hagimit Falls

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Trip to Samal Island: Madyaw Beach & Hagimit Falls

Samal Island is a very popular tourist destination. It is part of Metropolitan Davao, but is located 2 kilometers away from Davao City. Visitors cross Davao Gulf on a ferry boat to get to the Island. It’s official name is the Island Garden City of Samal. RD was still 3 years old when we last visited Samal, so he was quite excited to be going on this trip! Read the rest of this entry

RD Tries Eating Oysters For the First Time

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RD Tries Eating Oysters For the First Time

During our trip to Negros Occidental, we went in search of a place to get one of the island’s most famous delicacies – oysters – or “talaba” in the local dialect. People in the town told us of the famous “talabahan” (restaurant that specializes in oysters) located in a small barangay called Ilog, which takes around 30 minutes to get to by private car from Kabankalan town. Since fresh oysters are not available in the mountains where we live, we always make it a point to have some when we go to Negros. This would be the first time RD would taste some. Read the rest of this entry

Familia Maravilla Reunion

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Familia Maravilla Reunion

After our hectic schedule during the Election season, we were able to go to Negros Occidental to take a few days rest and go sightseeing, and to attend a family reunion. 160-strong, everyone gathered on a patch of land everyone calls Hacienda Sta. Julia, in Suay, Himamaylan in Negros Occidental, to renew ties and celebrate what it is to be members of the Maravilla family. It was RD’s first time to meet family members from the Maravilla side, and he was quick to make friends with his cousins, as well as nephews and nieces who where about the same age as he was!  Read the rest of this entry

Meeting Duterte

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Meeting Duterte

“Isn’t he too old to be President?” This was RD’s only comment after we met Rodrigo Duterte, the man who would become the Philippines’ 16th President. Duterte came to Bukidnon as part of his itinerary during the Presidential campaign. Many people came to meet him when his helicopter landed at the Mt. Moriah Football Field, a place that’s a few minutes outside the City of Malaybalay in the Province of Bukidnon. Many more lined the streets as his motorcade made it’s way toward the Capitol Grounds located within the city. It is where he spoke to a huge crown who waited for hours just to see him and hear him speak. Read the rest of this entry

May 2016 Elections

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May 2016 Elections

RD’s dad has been a public servant for six years; first, as a Kagawad (councilor), then as a Punong Barangay (Head of a Village or District.) This year, months before the 2016 Elections, he was invited to run as councilor for our town, and he accepted the challenge. During the election campaign season which lasted for about a month, RD and I tagged along, traveling through mountains, treacherous roads, and sleeping in small villages, visiting our town’s 13 barangays and telling people of his intent to be of service of them. Read the rest of this entry