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Sandwich Rocks Manggahan 2018

Sandwich Rocks Manggahan 2018

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It was the 25th Silver Anniversary Celebration of the sweetest mangoes in the world. The annual festival, held in the island province of Guimaras, came to a close last Tuesday, May 22nd. My lovely asawa and I moved to Guimaras almost nine years ago. We’ve attended the Manggahan Jubilee since 2010. (more…)
Collecting Cow Poop in the Philippines on Valentine’s Day

Collecting Cow Poop in the Philippines on Valentine’s Day

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I seriously doubt that many of my readers were collecting cow poop in the Philippines on Valentine's Day. I wonder how many people all across America were doing the same. Perhaps some couples were celebrating Cupid's Day by waiting in line for an hour (or more) at their neighborhood Olive Garden or Outback restaurant, stomachs growling, perhaps wishing they were alongside Captain Tom picking up poop. Then again, maybe not. (more…)
A Kapre Lives in Old Mango Tree in my Asawa’s Elementary School Yard in Guimaras

A Kapre Lives in Old Mango Tree in my Asawa’s Elementary School Yard in Guimaras

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A  Kapre lives in an old mango tree in my asawa's elementary school in Guimaras, the island province of the Philippines we call home. According to Wikipedia, a Kapre is a Philippine mythical creature that could be characterized as a tree demon. It is described as being a tall (7 to 9 ft), dark, muscular creature. Kapres are normally described as having a strong smell that would attract human attention. After a sweaty day in the archipelago, I sometimes have a strong smell that repels human attention. (more…)
Desperately Dodging Dinagyang

Desperately Dodging Dinagyang

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After a recent trip to Bacolod, we arrived in Iloilo on our way back home to our home base,  the island province of Guimaras. We were desperately dodging Dinagyang , the annual Festival which recently plowed into Iloilo City with the force of the Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900. There is absolutely no way we wanted to be in town when the event hit. (more…)
Living a Simple Life in the Philippines

Living a Simple Life in the Philippines

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Living a simple life in the Philippines is not that difficult, especially if you reside in a rural province like my asawa and I retired to over six years ago. My wife grew up in a nipa hut with a dirt floor. The house didn't not have any modern luxuries such as electricity and running water. Here's a look at the region of Guimaras, our island province home known for the sweetest mangoes in the world, which my spouse shared with eight brothers and sisters and her two parents, along with pythons and an assortment of lizards.   My asawa's simple life included encounters with invisible elves called duwendes and evil, shape-shifting flying demons, aswangs. It made life interesting. Now my spouse of almost 16 years and I live on a 13,500 square meter property, with beautiful blue skies and
Manggahan 2015:Mango Mascots and Muslim Folk Dancers

Manggahan 2015:Mango Mascots and Muslim Folk Dancers

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I confess. I did have one bottle of San Miguel Pale Pilsen before I took the following picture.  It was so hot that the roosters were using oven mitts to pick up worms from the ground. I was hot and sweaty and sweltering in the mid-morning sun. Yes, dear reader, I quaffed another early beer but please note that this is a rare exception for me and one usually only practiced when our mango festival in Guimaras makes it's annual appearance. Of course, if certain Floridians are in town, I have been known to quench my thirst with an adult beverage at an earlier hour also. By the way, if anyone would care to share, what time do you personally think is a reasonable time to have your first beer? There's no right or wrong answer in my books, but I'm curious as to what time your "happy hour" mi