This is another post by another guest blogger. I’ve known him since college with then girlfriend, Benz.They have travelled to Ilocos several times and he constantly helps in the layout of this blog. He is a friend, he is John Rana.
Below is a picture in one of their trips in December of 1996 by the Quirino Bridge of Santa Ilocos Sur before one of its “spans” was badly damaged by a typhoon in 2000.
“Benz & I have been to Ilocos a number of times already. Aside from the scenic sites the region has to offer, it’s the kind hospitality we experience from the Agustin family that kept us coming back — not to mention the “kasilias” in their old house that’s a conversation piece on it’s own. It’s actually just an odd-looking concrete hole that one would squat over to answer nature’s call. A roll of toilet paper on a twig and just a trickle of water could flush one’s entire ‘load’. Coco leaves and tin roof serve as cover and actual usage takes some getting use to. How I wished they retained that depite the renovation.” =)
“Last year was the first time we brought our daugher Kite (then only 5 years young) and we were quite anxious how she’d react with the more than eight-hour road trip. Amazingly, the trip was a breeze with her. If she wasn’t playing, she is either sleeping or singing with us to survive the long (but nevertheless smooth) journey. I think she enjoyed Pagudpud beach the most. She still couldn’t understand what beauty we find in an old church such as Paoay.
Above is a souvenir pic of Kite & me from the trip that we display in our home. Taken by this blog’s owner, it was a shot by the courtyard of Sarrat Church (trivia: that’s where Irene Marcos & Greggy Araneta had their grand weddingback in the 80’s).”
Postcript: I was excited to read the post by John. I never thought he would notice and give so much attention to something which I think is just an ordinary thing. I did not know that he finds it so interesting. Now, I started to realize that it may have been a mistake taking that out of the new house.It’s so unfortunate that I do not have any image of the “kasilias” he is referring to. I will exert best efforts to upload an image as soon as I get one for the pleasure of those who may not have any idea.