Good day everyone. Sharing to you again a bunch of stories and experiences. Last week I travelled to as far as Butuan City down to Pagadian City, then to Zamboanga Sibugay and had my exit at Zamboang City. It was really a long trip, a very long trip, nevertheless I enjoyed every minute of gratification my eyes get.
Had time to take some pictures with some landmarks:
I also had ‘first times’:
*Riding a trike in Pagadian City is like riding a Ferries Wheel. Since the city is elevated (like Baguio City), their tricycles are designed na pataas or nakahiga para maka akyat ito sa mga hills ng lugar.
*Me and my friend (officemate) Ev, also had the chance to taste the aromatic buko variety, it is a hybrid variety, however Im not so sure if anong variety ang pinag-cross nila to produce this at Philippine Coconut Authority-Zamboanga City. Sa sobrang sarap eh napa “take two please” kami. It is quite small, tapos manamis namis ang juice niya at katamtaman lang ang lambot ng laman.
*We also visited the Yakan Village at Zamboanga City where the Yakan tribe lives, of course. They produce hand woven native garments like tapis, bags etc.
they also have swords, gongs, and other products made from pure bronze…
and souvenirs like Vinta (boats in the Sulu areas) are also sold.
I have also met ‘common taos’ where they shared their ‘true’ to life stories:
*Like Sonny Mariano, a 6-year old lad, who sells balut for living. Grabe, would you imagine, at that young nagbabanat na siya ng buto. hindi na rin daw siya nakakapag-aral. his father left them when he was still a baby, and yes he was aware of his own story. sa isang balot na naibebenta niya 2 pesos lang ang kita niya. paano ba mabubuhay ang isang katulad niya? just thinking tuloy, nasaan nga ba ang asenso at kaunlarang tinutukoy ni Gloria.
*I have also met Manang (an Ilocano term for an old-lady), who is a geniuine ilocana that hails from Cabugao, Ilocos Sur now residing at Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur. She was so amazed ng malaman niya na ilocana ako and i also felt the same. it was indeed an overwhelming experience kapag nakakakita ka ng kababayan or kabagis/kailian pa sa ilocano, sa isang lugar. ang kwento naman niya, age 20 palang siya nun ng makarating sila ng Mindanao because many ilocanos believe that it is the promise land, and yes it is esp to those who got wealthy because of farming. In Mindanao, wherever I go, there are Ilocanos. hehe… pakalat kalat kung saan saan…
Like any other places in Luzon, poverty is also very visible in Mindanao:
*Most of them built their homes in the sea, this is one way of escaping from paying taxes. dahil walang buwis kapag nakatirik sa dagat ang bahay mo. hindi nila iniinda ang lakas ng alon o ang lamig ng hangin sa gabi dahil para sa kanila, ito ang tahanan nila kung saan kapayapaan ang natatamo nila sa tuwing pumapasok na sila sa kani kanilang lungga.
*Some kids sleep in the streets. Grabe andaming homeless na bata kahit saan ako magpunta esp in the streets of Zamboanga City.
*and others stayed at their boats. this way maialon man ayos lang… sumasabay lang din sa agos ang buhay nila… come what may ika nga.
what completed my trip was a photo ops with opposition delegates ERAP, BINAY, MACEDA, and Zamboanga City Mayor Celso Lobregat. it is indeed true that this city is an opposition country. nangangampanya man silao hindi, ayos lang, atlis i had a chance para makapapix with them. hehe.
I also went home to Batac nung weekend. My sis had her 22nd bday celeb + dedication of our fellowsip area. pasensiya na mahangin kasi kakatapos ng bagyo.
ending this entry with some pictures of flowers taken during the Mindanao trip.
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