Philippines, many doesn't seem to know You in the west. You are not like Paris, Rome, Madrid or Berlin.
The language You speak is Filipino and your citizens speak very good english. Many may be homeless in the capital city of Manila, but that doesn't make You lesser or smaller than any country. Your culture seems laidback, but in fact conservative in many ways
and also You are open to cultural and technological development. You embrace adversities being in the ring of fire and the equator, and You know it is a part of Your nature and You still keep your flag high up and not let it touch the ground. Your people are
in every country in the world and You sometimes wonder why. But as long as they speak Your language and / or talk about You, they are still Your people.
a part of what they call a "third-world" country, not knowing that you are a shining star in wondrous ways. The three stars around your flag says it all. Sun shines and sun sets at almost the same hour and same time everyday and your people endlessly thank
the Lord for it.
Rainy days - school starts.
Summer and rainy season, that is what we have in there. The moment the rainy season comes on June, you know that it is the beginning of a new school year. I love walking under my
umbrella, raincoat and with my big backpack. Up to this time, it still lingers on me. Why? It rains in Denmark a lot. It is always dark and cold, even in the summer season. It is only this year 2018 that Denmark has experienced the warmest (and driest) summer
"The total amount of sunshine is actually so high that July 2018 ends as the sunniest July, the DMI has measured. The measurements of sunshine dates
back to 1920". - Niels Hansen of DMI
Part 1: It lingers.
- Angeles City
Ber months are coming (September, October, November and December) and
at this time of the year, christmas lights are being set-up, christmas songs are played on the radio, the lingering scent of hot choco-"batirol" starts to be irresistible and most of all, the delicious "bibingka" and "puto-bungbong" and many other food festival
makes every Angeleños busy during the weekends or even in the weekdays. It signifies the Filipino's warm and laidback culture. Christmas is surely a big thing for the "Kapampangans" (the people who lives in Angeles City and Pampanga in general), but
the "Fietang Culiat" is one of the pride and highlight of the city, which is celebrated in the whole month of October. Angeles City Tourism's preparation is almost all-year round!
The yearly celebration has a religious and historical significance for the city. The founder of what is now Angeles City, Don Angel Pantaleon de Miranda together with his wife, Doña Rosalia de Jesus, founded the town of Culiat in the year
1829. Culiat was renamed Angeles, dedicated to the Los Santos Angeles Custodios (Holy Guardian Angels).
Speaking of holy angels, I went to Holy Angel University from
high-school to college, which is located in the most beautiful town I have ever been. Waiting for the right time to take Jacob to my homeland and show him around.
Back in 2012-2014, the city's tourism has been one
of my clients. We focused more on their Fiestang Kuliat events where I closely engaged with then, tourism officer Rico Suarez. He had been a good friend of mine as well. My service doesn't ends with a contract, rather it continuous as a professional relationship
like true friendship. He told me once that he wishes to see me reporting Live on TV as a news reporter or something similar. Sadly, he passed away with no signs of good-bye. I may not be on TV, but maybe on You-tube and right here on my own website, writing. 😀 The pictures above (slideshow) were taken during the Baguis Parade and Street Dance performances held in October 2012.
A couple of events are line-up during the month of Fiestang Kuliat.
In the town itself, you will see some historical sights, taste
the "original" Kapampangan food (which we are known for). My friend Maica S. Pineda is a clinician & researcher, loves photography and art hobbyist, who documents the town in a poetic
and very creative way. We both attended the creative writing workshop back in 2006.
Part 2 of the 6,293 miles will be published this quarter and I hope sooner.
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Documentary - Philippines
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Sheree Ann Kratmann