Friday, March 03, 2006

COMING HOME TO THE CITY OF GOLDEN FRIENDSHIP

Cagayan de Oro Visit, February 19 - 25, 2006



Allow me to leave Manila for a while to go to a place I called home for 7 years.

I first came to Cagayan de Oro when I was 7 years old to stay with my Mom, who was then working for a multinational company based in Bukidnon. It would be the beginning of many summers to be spent in the chilly mountains of CDO's neighboring priovince.

CDO was home to me for years. I transferred there to finish High School, and to attend Xavier. We eventually had a house built in Gusa, in a village which is located at the foot of the hills and yet very near the seashore from where I can view the paradise island of Camiguin on a clear day (I've never been there, would you believe?!).

This visit will probably be my last in a long time. I am renting out our house to Salesiana Publishing, the publication arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco in the Philippines. It will be used as a distribution center for their products in the Mindanao and Visayas regions, as well as a transient house for travelling clerics.

It saddens me to give up this house, albeit on an annual basis only, because it is very, very special for me and my Mother. With the new occupants (books, mostly, and a caretaker), at least somebody's got to take care of it now while we temporarily call Manila home.

Farewell, dear house. Looking forward to visiting you again soon.

6 comments:

PHaT :) said...

hey there. :)

your blog has got me hooked to it. 'twas only a couple of days ago that i have first seen it and now, i've made it a habit to check on it everytime i go online. :)
i was searching the net for some juice regarding the 31st bamboo organ festival for my reaction paper in school and it turned out your blog has the most details. (i'm a freshman, music major from UP.)
anyway, quite interesting blog..
hope you don't mind the asking, what do you do for a living? is this actually your work? your works are great.

keep posting. :)

Citizen of the World said...

Phat, thanks for dropping by. I am glad you are able to learn something from my blog. I am a doctor by profession. (Well, almost!) but I just love to take photos when i'm around. :-)

How's school coming along?

PHaT :) said...

doing great in school so far. :) except for the fact that school's bout to end, which reminds me of my upcoming exams.. (uurgh..)

you might think i'm a stalker or a shadow with what im about to tell you.. (haha), but yup, i found out recently you have been pursuing medicine. :) (yes, i actually checked on your friendster account.)

anyway, you might want to visit U.P. again and pass by chocolate kiss. i'd be glad to drive you around. Mabuhay ang U.P.!

aiite, til next time..

God bless po. ü

Citizen of the World said...

I'd love to visit UP again and actually go around that campus. I was supposed to enroll there for my Pre-med course (Psychology) but i was, uhm, scared to go alone. Ha ha!

Thanks for the offer though. Very generous of you. I hope you do execellently in your exams!

PHaT :) said...

just message me po, should you wish to visit the campus again. keep travelling. and take lots of photos! ..they're quite inspiring.
God Bless po.

Patrick De Leon

Citizen of the World said...

Thanks, Patick. :-)