Station 3, Boracay, Malay, Aklan, Philippines
28 August 2017 (photo by Martha Españo)
First visits in Visayas, with a dear friend*
02 July 2018
Perhaps it is high time to put up some documentation on my late-bloom travelling escapades. I am much grateful to a dear friend--Martha Españo--who is still tutoring me on the nuances, details, and ups-and-downs of travelling and haggling with airport authorities (yes, it's indeed more fun in the Philippines). She is a consistent travel companion since our Christmas-and-New-Year adventure in Baguio City in 2010), where I got my first Starbucks global icon series mug.
I have been a self-declared "loser" in travelling, but finally such claim was ended by my inaugural trip to Boracay, Aklan on 27-30 August 2017. I remember calling my math classmate Edelia during our last full day in Boracay, and hoping we can have a side-trip to Iloilo City that time (it would take at least 6 hours or so to travel by land from Malay, Aklan to Iloilo City, Iloilo).
Travel: as far as you can; as long as you can. ---Anonymous
Sort of a year after, we are back in another travelling escapade, as a natural reaction to fare reduction during 2018 Philippine Independence Day promo (but unfortunately, we went to another airline due to unavailability of more slots).
Martha agreed to join me in my desire to visit my friend Edelia in Iloilo, and we selected a 3D2N schedule, 24-26 June 2018. Edelia Braga is an esteemed classmate of mine in two graduate courses in PhD Mathematics in UP Diliman, who is currently an Assistant Professor in UP Visayas (Miag-ao Campus), and pursuing her PhD in Mathematics unlike me who already transferred to PhD Economics last year due to the exhaustion of my residency in the math program).
Thankful for this trip, I have fulfilled one item in my bucketlist: to visit another UP Campus (and yes, i am thinking of doing a collection of photos with the Oblation replicas of each campus, although my photos are not complete). The details of my previous UP Campus visits can be found in this article.
As influenced by my former boss in Ateneo de Manila University (Prof Cynthia C Veneracion) and also a suggestion by Martha, I rendered my photos in a mobile app called Pic Collage. I am posting them here to share some of our selected locations in the Iloilo-Guimaras trip. Of course, I am very thankful to the photos taken by Martha and Edelia, the hospitality of the Braga Family (and taking me on a tour to Miag-ao and their humble abode), and expertise of Martha in handling administrative pressures in airport-assisted travels.
I am also thankful for the warm welcome of the staff of the College of Arts and Sciences of UP Visayas during my visit. However, I was not able to see the view of the sea from the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (which has a hundred steps from the campus grounds to the shoreline), again due to time constraints. Thankful also to the sumptuous food at Domeng's, a famous place for seafood in Miag-ao, just long the shore.
Although the visit to Guimaras is limited (due to constraints on time and weather conditions), we are fairly succesful in our mango search and some extra visits (Guimaras Capitol, the Trappist Benedictine Monastery, and the Bureau of Plant Industry's Guimaras National Crop Research Development & Protection Support Center). At least the weather was also cooperative (clouds were over the area only when we were halfway across the Guimaras Strait going back to Iloilo City).
In sum, I have visited five churches: four of which with Martha (Trappist Monastery in Guimaras, Sta Teresita del Niño Jesus Parish in Iloilo City, Jaro Cathedral, and Molo Church), and one with Edelia (Miag-ao Church). Our visit in Sta Teresita del Niño Jesus was during our first day (to attend Sunday Mass) but the mass that time was in Ilonggo (same experience we had in Baguio City when we attended a Sunday Mass in Ilocano). The rain during our visit in Jaro Cathedral restrained us to leave, and consequently a mass is scheduled during our visit.
In both our Boracay and Iloilo trips, Martha and I experienced heavy rainfall on our way to the airport, but the latter was better, thanks to Edelia and her daughter Ethel (who brought us back to the airport despite the heavy rain and the long traffic).
As always, I am just observant in my first visit in a place. Hopefully I can come back, with much longer time and a more loaded itinerary. Economic theory allows such increases in utility under the conditions of the budget constraint (and consequently, the budget set). More particularly, Iloilo was a gem of Philippine economic history: I remember it very well when I am writing my paper on economic history of 19th century Philippine trade (details can be found here).
Hanggang sa muli nating pagkikita! Daghan salamat!
*Written during the first days of my "official vacation" from graduate school after a semester of full time graduate study (which i did only after fifteen years).
my Titanic reenacment
Caticlan Jetty Port, 27 August 2017 (photo by Martha Españo)
our last full day stroll
29 August 2017
Grotto, Station 1, Boracay
the nearest gastropub (offering sumptuous breakfast) has a quiz!
29 August 2017
Station 3, Boracay
Thank you to these people!
Edelia, Ethel , Matrix, and Sir Junebert (not in picture), and Martha