the Tagaytay Tribune
Sojourn in The Philippines, 2019-2020
Baguio. The ubiquitous Spanish friars established a mission here in 1755. But why a mission in this remote mountainous region? Gold my son, gold. The Spanish Conquistadors plundered the world for gold, and there’s gold in them there hills; and silver, and copper and manganese. The Conquistadors mined for gold and then the friars mined souls.
I then turned my attention to planning our excursion to Northern Luzon… as I am unwilling to spend 12 hours in a car, we will break the trip up into more tolerable segments: Baguao (6 hours through Manila), Vigan (4 hours on from Baguao), Pagudpud (4 more hours north, staying two nights), San Juan (8 hours on the way back), home to Dasma, (7 hours through Manila).
PHIVOLCS has noted increased tremor activity and steam/SO4 emission. Even the Filipina psychic, Mamau, predicted it would blow up on Pebrero 8! (linked somehow to the death of Kobe Bryant!). But we now know Mamau is no more certain than PHIVOLCS 😅 Regardless, it’s no way to live and we are not moving back.
It was a quiet week in Tagaytay. And rather somber.
It began and ended in Dasmariñas but we ventured mid-week to Tagaytay (Wind Residences) to assess the situation and remove our belongings.
The week also began and ended with visits to my dear young friend, Adette, the brilliant young paster of The Yahweh Church of Christ, now fighting for her life.