Location: Iloilo, Dinagayan Festival […] George had to cancel his plans to go to the Dinagayan Festival in Iloilo with Apin. Sickness being a full-time job, George stayed home, resting and taking his antibiotics and other medications that were supposed to dissolve and eliminate phlegm, dilate his bronchial passages, etc. […] Apin told George he..
Location: Igbaras, Iloilo […] “Welcome to the Philippines,” Apin said with a laugh. […] A couple of times, George made eye contact with Apin’s nephew. Like many of the other male passengers, Bonbon was wearing Bermuda shorts with a coloured stripe on the side, and a jersey. Four jeepneys and tons of black fumes and..
Location: Paete, Laguna […] The next day, as soon as she sat down, Trinidad opened her grocery bag and pulled out a book. […] Trinidad had bookmarked the pages showing her family. “My parents’ wedding. Here’s our house. You can see the mountain with the three crosses at the top. The mayor has them illuminated..
Location: Malacañang Palace, Manila […] Notebook in hand, George went over what he now knew about Carmelita. Many of his jottings were direct quotes from her. He thought he would use them verbatim in the book. She had been surrounded by love in her childhood, which she had described as one of pure happiness. Her..
Location: Cebu, Central Visayas […] One day, while they were at Jilbert’s parents’ house, Marty’s cousin showed him albums of photos he’d taken for a wedding in the Philippines the year before. The bride was born in Hawaii and the boy was from Cebu. “Marisol and I were classmates,” Jilbert explained. “She asked me to..