Aug 2-11, 2012
Dumaguete Deja Vu
GPS waypoint: 9°18'31.6"N 123°18'14.1"E
Location: Municipality of Dumaguete, Province of Negros Oriental
Getting my Bearing
After the Apo Island dive and the Balanan Lake zip lining, I finally had a few days to settle down in Dumaguete and get my bearing. Having stayed here for 2 years and left, this is the first time I'm here as a transient. I can't wait until I revisit my 'usuals' - budbud cabog at the public market's Painitan, Neva's pizza, Sans Rival, etc. Food and seeing my old manangs were both high on my motivation.
While a resident of Dumaguete and Valencia, I would frequently hang out with the grandmothers (or my Manangs as I would affectionately regard them) as they go about their daily toil - preparing food in their carinderia, or maybe by a market stall where they gather and talk about life's grind. In their conversation, and this is interesting specially to an outsider - they talk about entities from the other dimension in the same way we talk about other people. It would seem like their lives and the lives of the 'others' are intertwined in this same social landscape. Think: the movie "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" where cartoon characters actually live side by side with humans. They talk about the Prince surrounded by his Black Bodyguards who live in his castle within the school grounds who wish to take one of the Manang's grand daughter for a bride - of course, you don't see the castle or the Prince. And they're not crazy either. The way they narrate their story, each one would corroborate what the other is saying - so it's not just one crazy person weaving tales of wonder. Moreover, they have becomed accustomed to my presence so they candidly talk about these things. Sometimes, I would help them wrap the suman that just came off the pot as I would listen....mostly, one would interpret for me what's being said, as I don't speak the local Cebuano language. I just find it fascinating.
Off for Oslob
Before I could catch up with other friends, it was time for me to leave Dumaguete for Oslob, Cebu.
Aug 2-11, 2012
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