Laoag and the north
Trip Start Feb 01, 2008
8Trip End Apr 07, 2008
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And once again i'm refered to as looking like a "Doll" or a "Barbie Doll" its so funny! Unlike Thailand their are very few Foriegners, except in resort areas. So i get starred at quite intensley whereever we go, especially by the children. They are so sweet and much more foreward they come right up to us shouting, "HELLO! HELLO!!". They are so sweet, yet there are so many poor little children all over Manilla that it is quit shocking to see beautiful apartment buildings and mansions, and then on the exterior walls passing makeshift shanties made from peices of metal and cardboard. They coexist with one another the very rich and the very poor, yet this underclass population is growing exponentially, as it is supressed with no education they are unable to enhance their living conditions. It has been my first experience witnessing such extreme poverty which is overwhelming and heart wrenching. One can only hope and pray that the government changes its ways and educates the next generations to come to give these people a chance
Sorry to be bleak but its part of our journey to bear witness to these environments which are unimaginable. To open our eyes and bring awareness into our hearts and minds to recognise that we are all part of the same picture and that this is a reality.
During our first week, we left for the very northmost tip of the phillipines....a region that many phillipinos never reach in their lifetime! (including Dans family). Tita Celia had a package tour to go up to Laoag (the city you would fly into) and tour the area with her high school reunion friends. It so happens that a couple droped out at the last minute and were selling their tickets for half price. We were in!
We visited Vigan, a vintage town in the north... with cobble stones and a vibrant Spanish aura singing throughout the streets. We only spent a day there, so we'd consider it a taste woth reconnecting with in the future.
WHat really hit the spot on this trip was the place where we stayed.... "Sitilo Remedas" This was a dream Villa... made of mainly recycled materials, including many old smanish homes that had been torn down and rebuilt on the property. It was /is a picture perfect hide away from the ....
ran out of time... we will contnue this entry tomorrow