4th February 2009
I needed a holiday after working
so hard in the Korea, so
when my good mate Raymond invited me to attend the fiesta in his
village, I couldn't resist. I have attended many fiestas
here in the Philippines before (Tabucan,
St. Agustin) ,
so it seemed like a great way to unwind before "real life"
started up again.
Auitan is in the Isabella province, which is about twelve
hours north of Manila, so we set off at about 5:30 am in the
CERV van. We made various stops
along the way to buy produce, check
out some churches,
take some photos and observe some
The fiesta itself consisted of - well -
preparing food, and visiting various
people's houses and eating the food that
There were the usual fiesta games as
well as horse rides. The horse
carriages are still used commercially around the district, but
tend to converge on the barangay (village) for the novelty
value. We also made a visit to Ray's
father's grave. The graveyard itself had a gorgeous
(Acacia?) tree overlooking it.
The few days I was in Auitan consisted of helping prepare the
food; reading God is Not Great - which
Ingrid gave to me at my
farewell party; eating
too much food ("Eat more!") and taking too many naps.
It was relaxing and just the sort of
break that I needed after working too hard in Korea.