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Send email to my bro at if you want to know more! Maupay na aga everybody! These are local Waray Waray words to say Good Morning to you. Where I am from in Samar province Tagalog is not the first language, but we learn to speak it just as well as anyone else. Some of us also learn English, but not all. The nearest city is Tacloban, in Leyte Province, on the other side of the longest bridge in the Philippines. Many Kano know Leyte from Gen. Douglas MacArthur, who is even today a hero for people in the area. If you read my blog stories, you know that life is very hard for many people in the province. No electricity and no money in many places. Very small poor houses. I left the province at 18 because I had to work to support my family But you know the people there are friendly to visitors and can be very funny and silly. Today I live in Pampa... (more)

The Roosters in Pampanga, Philippines

I think it is napakatawa (funny) when Kanos talk about the roosters here. I have heard a rooster every day of my life, so really I don’t hear them anymore. But Kamo friends say the roosters “are a sign” that they are in the Philippines. It has been so very maimit (hot) here the last week. It makes my head hurt when I walk outside, and it wakes me up early in the morning. I don’t like aircon you know, but some days the heat makes me very tamad (lazy) and I don’t want to write, I don’t even want to chat on YM I was alone in my apartment last week for one night because my bro and si... (more)

Wealth Disparity in the Philippines

I know people use the words "wealth disparity" to describe the difference beween rich and poor in the Philippines. This is something I know about. Back in the province, many people have no money at all, not even one peso. Now I live in Pampanga, close to Manila, and things are different. Life is not easy here, but some people do have work and there are many stores. There are trikes and jeeps for transportation, and there are shopping malls! Then the other day I went to visit a government agency in Makati. So I took a bus to the Araneta/Cubao station, then a taxi to Makati. The driv... (more)

Visiting Grandmother in Biliran, Leyte, Philippines

Hi everyone. I have been back in Province for a long time. No electricity there, so I cannot write until I get back to my place in the Manila area. So now I am back and I have a story to tell you. You know I have written before about the long bus trip of 20 hours there and back.  Today I want to tell you about a little trip that I took when I was in Province. We took a small boat over to Biliran island. I still call it Leyte because Biliran was part of Leyte when I was a child. I have so many cousins in Biliran in Casiawan, Cabucgayan. I always like to see them, but really am not... (more)

Fiesta of San Juan in Samar, Philippines

The Fiesta of San Juan is coming June 22 back in my province. I will be attending this year. This is a wild fiesta for three days and you will get very wet if you attend! The Fiesta of San Juan celebrates the man who was the first one to know that Jesus is the Son of God. He baptized Jesus you know, and baptized many other people. During the fiesta, people go in the ocean to get wet and they get water from the ocean to make everyone else wet. Many times I get napaka galit (very angry) when people spray water on me. But I can't fight them because it is my fault. Remember you will... (more)