Steph, on the left, along with her Japanese roommate, were among some of the party goers we met during the recent 2011 Manggahan Festival held in Guimaras. I apologize for not remembering Steph's roommate's name, but I had already a few Red Horse beers before listening to the Twilight Band from Iloilo that was playing that evening. I'll have more on the talented Twilight Band tomorrow. I can tell you, however, that they had the place rocking. People were dancing and singing along with the group and having a great time.
My asawa and I had met Steph earlier in the evening. She told me that she had seen me on a jeepney before in Guimaras, but I did not speak to her at the time. It just depends on what kind a mood I am in that day. I rarely speak to any women on a jeepney even if my asawa isn't with me. I just don't want them to think I'm hitting on them. I told Steph my wife's family name, Gange, and much to her surprise, she was staying with one of my wife's relatives, a 2nd cousin Gange!
We later met some other Peace Corps volunteers, there are 20 in the area, if I remember correctly. Rob, Judson, Kelsie and Jeff are some of the other party goers with the Corps that we met that night. All quite a sociable and friendly group. They knew the local language, Hiligaynon, and put me to shame with their knowledge of it. They were also well acquainted with some of the favorite brews of the Philippines such as San Miguel and Red Horse.
Here's my asawa, Melinda, standing next to Steph, who borrowed a kimono from her Japanese roommate, and standing next to Kelsie with the glasses. I failed to get (or failed to remember the name of the young lady on the far right.) Note my wife's slightly glazed look. She had just finished a San Miguel Light.
Peace Corps volunteer, Jeff, is on the right, arms raised. He had been dancing with his girlfriend before, but I think he might have had a few too many bottles of Red Horse and started dancing with this Filipino guy. Jeff was obviously having a good time. Whatever the gender of the person he was dancing with obviously made no difference to him at this point.
Nothing wrong with having a little fun. I know these young Peace Corps volunteers are dedicated to their work in Guimaras and other parts of the Philippines. I admire them for what they are doing and for embarking on such an adventure. They do not live in air con comfort as my wife and I do. They eat what the locals eat and sleep where the locals sleep. They are performing a great service for the people of Guimaras, and I salute them.
If they blow off a little steam sometimes, why not? My wife and I sure had fun meeting them and drinking a few beers with them. OK, I might have had a few more than my wife as the next picture might reveal. At least I didn't have to drive home since I almost fell off the San Miguel stage where the Twilight Band was playing once. I blamed it on my old age and not the Red Horse, though. My asawa wasn't buying it.