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Saturday, March 22, 2008

My parents in Leyte............

Just got an offline message from my younger brother who is in Cebu City right now informing me that my parents are in Leyte since Wednesday. He said, he tried to contact them on the home phone since they live in Davao City but found out that Mama and Papa are in Leyte. They didn't tell me that they are going for a quick vacation since my last talk to them over the phone.

Papa was originally from Maasin, Southern Leyte, Philippines. Southern Leyte is a province of the Philippines in the Eastern Visayas Region. Maasin is the capital of the province and is considered as one of the oldest town in Southern Leyte which is now called Maasin City.

I was only seven years old then when I first visited Maasin, Leyte particularly in Paco where my father was born and where most of his families lived. We also visited Ibarra, most of the barrio names I think were after the characters in the book written by Rizal Noli me tangere if I am not mistaken.

Paco was a very small barrio and most people lived a very simple life. Papa's parents lived nearby the seashore and it was good to feel the morning breeze of the ocean. I have no idea how Paco and Maasin look like now. I know there are a lot of changes after more than 20 years have passed since my first visit but I am looking forward to visit the place again and meet relatives and families again.

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