Sunday, June 19, 2011

I Heart Philippines

Again the Philippines fails to disappoint. Even with the typhoon still battering away the sun even from the other side of the country, we had an absolutely great day. We were just chilling out on the porch of our bungalows, reading books and whatnot when a big festival started right outside the fence. Apparently a local Catholic church branch was celebrating their ten year anniversary of establishing their church on El Nido. About two hundred people showed up, and good times ensued. We were out there in the waves throwing the football around with all the Philippino kids, on our shoulders, hanging from our arms, you name it. They had a great spread of food that they invited us to indulge in, including some great grilled fish and amazing tasting beef cutlets. Unfortunately I was out in the sea when they carved up the roasted pig, but I'm still happy. There were all kinds of games and activities for the locals, including trying to climb up up a greased up bamboo pole, a tug-of-war, and an egg toss.

It's absolutely amazing how friendly the locals are here, there's always a smile returned, no matter how hard the face. These people are absolutely great. I really hope the unwanted (drunk, belligerent, sex tourist, etc.) kind of tourists don't poison these people's view of foreigners. For now, it seems like they're confined to Manila and Boracay, which makes me happy.

All in all, a great day. Hopefully tomorrow the weather will clear so we can explore the beautiful outlying islands.


  1. It sure sounds like the Phillipines is high on your favorite list... who would have thought that?? Glad to hear you guys are enjoying yourselves, we'll miss you at the family BBQ today. I was looking at some images of where you are.... spectacular scenery. I do hope the sun shines for you to enjoy the many islands in that area. Keep on exploring, I'm thoroughly enjoying your travel stories "Captain Kyle"

  2. Even an atheist can have some good christian fun hey!!! LOL I can't wait to see some of your pictures Captain Kyle and am really glad you are having lots of fun on your "holiday"in the Phillipines. Wanna trade Xmas in the Phillipines verses Sydney??hmmm