PHILIPPINES

“The Philippines is defined by its emerald rice fields, teeming mega-cities, graffiti-splashed jeepneys, smouldering volcanoes, bug-eyed tarsiers, fuzzy water buffalo and smiling, happy-go-lucky people.” – Lonely Planet

Perpie in Pinas 2009: "puli kami sa iloilo" (going home to iloilo) – part one

Last week of March, I hastily decided to go on a long vacation.  Admittedly, after the distress I got myself through, I needed a breather.  A vacation totally uncalled for, I invited mom to go on a trip to Iloilo.

Iloilo is considerably one of the sacrosanct provinces in the Philippines that carries a rich culture and history.

Iloilo is also the family’s hometown.  Dad is born in Pototan.  Mom spent her younger days in Lambunao and in Iloilo City.  It is also in Iloilo where my father’s ancestors made their marks in history.

I made a quick itinerary for the trip, thanks to exploreiloilo.com. Despite the fact that mom is from Iloilo, she had the least idea on where we can go.  Besides, it’s been ages since she last visited it.   So, I took in charge.

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