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My hometown's name means "watery." Tubig is the word for H2O in a number of languages in the Philippines, so whenever I tell other Filipinos where I'm from it usually elicits a slight smile. "I'm from Watery." To add insult to injury, the Lonely Planet guide to the Philippines describes the town only as "a small place with a port." It is indeed.

I haven't been back since 1996. Now that my parents have completely renovated their house (formerly my maternal grandmother's) and are seriously committed to living there at least part of the time, I've been trying to remember what Tubigon was like.

Unfortunately my maternal grandparents' old house no longer exists. My parents will be living in a generic concrete block, albeit near the center of town and with a large flower garden in front. My grandparents' house was the classic wooden structure with rickety stairs, a large open storage area on the ground floor where the pig and the monkey lived, and a riot of flowers wound around the front windows.

If that house still existed I'd be more tempted to go back.
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On June 1st, 2007 03:51 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
My mom's town...
... that sleepy Ilocos Norte backwater abandoned long ago by its residents for Honolulu, has made the news. Bacarra's mayor and one of its council members were assassinated a couple weeks ago. The gunman went to the annual farmers' fiesta, took a position directly in front of the VIP bleachers, and shot his targets with a .45 before the mayor's guards took him out with their machine guns. It is believed that the gunman was hired, and the investigation has yet to yield more information. But I did think it was odd that these murders occurred after the May election (which gave the Bacarra mayor a third term), suggesting that the motive was more personal than political.
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On June 1st, 2007 07:19 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
I miss your mom, too
If it's any consolation, I have seen your mom far less often than you have in the last few years, and I live so much closer to their home in the "Inland Empire." She's always so friendly and cheerful to your friends. Makes good food too. And she likes Donald Duck! What's not to admire about that? Aside from your company, that was one of the pleasant aspects of hassling with the 91 so often to get to Riverside. I hope your parents' transition to the Philippines goes smoothly and that they have a long and happy retirement there.

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