Saturday, July 19, 2014

Cebu, Philippines: A Flurry of Farewells

Some friends have been saying goodbye to me (for now), including Lynley Ocampo who brought me to a restaurant on Lahug Street, Marjo's, that serves the best pochero (beef soup).

One afternoon, Terry Manguerra, Chona Bernad, Roy Adam, and Amelia Kent visited me at my Cebu place. Roy and Amelia are the Australian and American volunteers who have started the non-profit Shepherd's Heart Cafe near Cebu's Heritage Monument.

Mayen Tan and I had bonding time at the Casino Espanol. I've included pictures of the Casino Espanol, which is a watering hole in the middle of Cebu City. The Casino actually dates back to the 1920's when it was located in the old historic district of Cebu, and has always been the place for Cebu's high society.

I've had an interesting visit to the Philippines, dear Readers!

I was able to participate in the first Cebu Literary Festival put together by Hendri Go and Hope Yu; I also went to beautiful Palawan for a writers' retreat with some women writers. In Manila, I enjoyed F. Sionil Jose's turnover of his collection to the De La Salle University libraries.  If you have been following my blog, aside from these literary activities, I've had the privilege of seeing many of my faithful and wonderful friends. I also find it a great gift to connect with the regular folk in the Philippines. I have traveled to many places in the world and I am always impressed at how charming the Filipino is.

Read also
School Life in the Philippines in the '60s - Description & Memorabilia photos
Post-War Cebu Life - More Memorabilia photos
Where Have all the Young Men Gone? - Memorabilia photos
Old Photographs and Memories  
The Schools I attended, Part 1, St.Theresa's College
The Schools I attended, Part 2, UP & Maryknoll
The Schools I attended, Part 3, UCLA

tags: Philippines, Cebu, Manila, travel, tourism, literature, writers, Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, F. Sionil Jose
This is all for now,

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