I wonder now if there is a priest who is also an OB-GYNE hehe! Just wondering!
Food. As everywhere in Samar (or probably this whole country) once there is a visitor, food is the very first thing that is offered. The monsignor and his family is no different. He excused himself from some meeting with another person and led us to a buffet table in their ancestral house just beside his. Buffet? I secretly asked the friend why so, and why were there visitors enjoying the buffet other than us. Oh, it was the day after fiesta. Fiesta hangover of sorts hehe! So we happily ate and I discovered something else new. In Gandara, their brownies are wrapped like “food for the gods” or that “butterscotch thing”. I picked 3 from the buffet, thinking it was the latter. Awooo, when I later opened one, it was brownies! Yep Joana, naalala kita you choco-addict! And who said brownies need to be square and in a square box? Not in Gandara!
Alumni Homecoming and Old Gandara. What has those two got to do with each other anyway, right? Well, during conversations with the Monsignor, he intimated that what was keeping him additionally busy that day was that they were having their alumni homecoming in the evening – and he is president of the association. The topic continued until he excused himself from the many guests in their house to take us to the elementary school across the street where they have a new alumni association office. Nice one, even tiled floor like the living room of many houses. But what caught my attention were some paintings on the wall that portrayed the old Gandara township other than its present location. Saw things there that all the more prompted me to list this as a place to return to and explore!
Hey, about this mode of transport. The new trivia I learned is that this is what Samarenos call “habal-habal” – the bike has a roof. If it does not have a roof, they call it just “sing-gol” (single) or “motor” (pronounced in the speed and accent as you would say “adore” “before” or “garage”) or at times just “honda” – even if the brand is a suzuki, kawasaki or yamaha!
Okay, we continued onwards and up the bridge and unto the highway to wait for a ride back to Catbalogan. But something played in my mind, I said, let’s go onwards to Calbayog first. And so we did hehe!