Friday, January 12, 2007

Goodbye Santa, Ilocos Sur
06 December, 2006

Written in: Poblacion, Sta. Maria, Bulacan, PHILIPPINES
Composition: Recalling something from a month ago with the help of some notes.
Previous Post: The Burial

I left sooner than I wanted.

I was planning on staying for at least a few weeks to enjoy the locale. But an impending cold, an incident with a local siga, and a promise to meet a nice girl in Bulacan made me decide to catch a ride back to the Tagalog Region with Tito Boy and John Paul the very next day after the burial.

As you drive towards the South, towards Metro Manila, one of the last things you'll see of Santa is the Cemetery.

"O, busina, Pol!" (Giver her a beep, Paul) Tito Boy prompted J.P.

A farewell honk.

"That's it?" I remarked loudly, but to no one in particular.

An ever so slight uncomfortable silence followed.

A contrast to the first few kilometres where Tito Boy was ranting about some dispute.

"Langya din, ano," (Think about it, eh) Tito Boy mused- breaking the silence, "Kararating mo lang para sa mahabang bakasyon tapos nakipaglibing ka agad kay Lola 'yo" (You just arrived for your long vacation, and the first thing you did was to attend Lola's funeral)

I nodded.

"Your trip," Tito Boy continued in English, "will be very memorable for so many reasons."


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