January 27, 2014

Townhopping Project 2014 | Revisiting Places

Here are some southern Cebu photos: Dry coughing. Feverish. A rather painful lower back. That’s me today. But yesterday. Yesterday was awesome. Perhaps it was insanity for me to cure insomnia with a bus ride. At two, I fed my litter, left my small place, bought sikwate and puto from Nanay, dropped by at work, startled a girl who was working at an ungodly hour, picked up my camera, borrowed money from my piggy bank, and headed to South Bus Terminal. At three in the morning. I revisited the places during our early townhopping adventures. Tingko, Alcoy. Poblacion Boljoon. Liloan, […]
January 20, 2014

Project Rebuild: To Kinatarcan on a Rough Sea

I asked Chad to write about our trip to Kinatarcan, knowing it was a crazy trip. I just told him to write with sincerity and honesty. But he was way too honest! But I actually loved it and laughed so hard while reading.  So here is his recounting of our trip to Kinatarcan: At the end of December, Jona and I had visited one of the small islands in Cebu where Yolanda had destroyed the homes and dismantled the lives of the inhabitants. We brought some donations and modest gifts to try to help the rebuilding process. It was encouraging […]
December 17, 2013

Project Rebuild: Sending Christmas to Bantayan Island

Last Sunday, I headed to Bantayan Island, located in northern Cebu, at three in the morning to give the P32, 000 cash donations and little gifts for the kids I would surely meet along the way. Bantayan Island is the first site of our modest Project Rebuild, an initiative to support livelihood projects, provide cash gifts to the poorest of the poor, and wrap a little  Christmas joy for the kids. Project Rebuild sponsored two small boats (P6 000 each ) through the Bantayan Back to Sea Project. (Check this link to see the post dedicated for Project Rebuild: Post by Bantayan Back […]
May 15, 2013

Interaksyon | Southern Cebu Beaches

There is nothing more honest than a map. It shows the shapes and sizes of the islands of this archipelagic country. It shows that some provinces are landlocked, while some are coastal. There is nothing more deceiving than a map. What looks small can actually take two days or even a week to navigate. On the map, there are only few islands that look like long strips of bacon: Zamboanga, Palawan, and, yes, Cebu: purportedly my home. With their elongated shape, their roads sporadically—if not constantly—hug the coastline. In Cebu, I travel north to go home and south to remember […]