Well it’s not exactly our first go-round with attending a fiesta, but it is the first time we have participated as a host. Since we are now residents of the Barangay, this is the “first” time we got to experience the fiesta from the inside…the giving side.
The Tomaligues fiesta is billed to be on the 10th and 11th of February but those that live here, it actually all begins many days prior. First, a series of planning meetings were held by the Barangay officials and, this being the “first” fiesta for Continue reading →
Our Philippines Electric Bill – No Indictment Here!
Today is the day we will receive our electric bill and, being in and of a retired status, I will usually set my calendar by it. Our electric meter will not only be read today, but we will also receive the bill, whether we are home or not. Although we don’t have a mailbox (nor do most people here), our bill will find its way into our hands by the end of the day, we can surely count on it. I’m not quite sure how this works in other areas of the Philippines, but here Continue reading →
While the Christmas season started seemingly many weeks ago here in the Philippines, the spirited activity of caroling begins in the middle part of December and will continue until Christmas. Once the Dawn Mass known as “Misa de Gallo” or “Simbang Gabi “ starts, carolers will head out in groups, going house to house spreading the spirit of the season through there holiday songs. For us here in our village of Tomaligues, and like in many other villages, it began Continue reading →
Some typhoons come and some typhoons go, but it was Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) that menaced the Philippines early in November. By now the world has seen what a horrific storm this was and is witness to the devastation that Haiyan wreaked across the Eastern Visayas. The destruction to southern Samar and especially to the city of Tacloban (tock-’lo-bon) on the island of Leyte is almost unspeakable. Haiyan left these areas Continue reading →
I never saw anyone wear flip-flops as primary foot wear when I was growing up. The only instance where one would wear them was in the showers after gym class. They were called shower shoes. Where I grew up in North Central Illinois, there was no known history of flip-flop footwear worn outside the showers. Even when I bounced down to Daytona Beach for a while just after graduating high school in the early 70′s, I can only remember sandals and all the different varieties thereof. Maybe some people Continue reading →
Every so often a calamity of such magnitude comes along and turns the world upside down. The world however always rights itself, although many times not without significant change as compared to it’s previous state. The recent disaster here in the Philippines that left the city of Tacloban on the island of Leyte with a face lift (unrecognizable) is one such disaster. Some times you know that they are coming (disasters) but have no earthly idea how bad things can Continue reading →
This is just a short post adding a little more information to my previous Fiesta Time post and some pics that we obtained while attending Calbayog City’s annual Fiesta recently. When we visited a friend’s home in town to share in their offering of some Filipino delicacies, we also found ourselves simultaneously attending a “house blessing”. House blessings are (also known as house healing’s, house clearings, house cleansing’s and space clearing) religious rituals intended to protect the inhabitants from misfortune. Many religions have house blessings of one form or another. In this country of predominantly Catholics, most folks often have their homes blessed at Epiphany, on January 6 and commemorates the visitation of the Magi to the child Jesus.
Fiestas in the Philippines are held to celebrate a patron saint or to mark the passage of the seasons, depending on which part of the country you’re in. The Philippine fiesta is part and parcel of Filipino culture.
This past week has marked the beginning of the SARAKIKI-HADANG FESTIVAL in Calbayog City where we live in Western Samar, and it ends today…after all the food has been eaten!. Well, actually the end of the fiesta and the food is purley coincidental, but today is Continue reading →
I can’t take all the credit. It was my wife’s idea over 7 years ago to purchase a double lot in the barangay (village) where her sister lives. It was also her decision to begin building shortly thereafter. So for several years, we have scrounged and pinched, sending whatever we could afford to her sister, who along with her entrepreneur of a husband, overseen the entire project of the construction of our home. When we arrived here in April 2012 for a visit, it was necessary for us to evaluate exactly where our construction project was in relation to our time-table for retirement. We had held up the construction until our arrival so we could Continue reading →
I would like to formally apologize for moving to Samar in the Philippines, leading my family, friends and followers to believe that we were actually retiring. That was my original intent anyway! However, the first 60 days have found us scrambling to finish out the house, receive our household goods shipment (2), and get totally moved in.