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Homecoming is More Fun in the Philippines

With various reasons to visit home in Surigao!

sunny 39 °C

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Home visit to Surigao will soon become our family's annual event primarily to celebrate the death anniversary of our patriarch, Crisanto Sr.

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This visit however was more reasonable to attend various celebrations. Bro-in-law Jun celebrated with his immediate family their barangay fiesta on May 8. Mama Dulcing casted her vote during the National Elections on May 9. The Gastardo family celebrated the first death anniversary of Papa Tantong on May 15, along with the thanksgiving party of nephew Entoy who passed the Bar Exam (exam in November 2015 and the results released in May 2015).

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Our very own barangay celebrated the feast day of San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint of land farmers just like Papa Tantong on the 15th of May. That same day, Auntie Isidra, the youngest sister of our father, also celebrated her birthday.

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The whole week we were in Surigao del Norte, we kept visiting also the beaches. Actually of the same shoreline but in different points, Anao-aon, Ipil, Mabua, and Looc; all with unique pebbled beaches.

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The most picturesque of all is Looc Beach. Looc, a local term, means that the small place is enclave of three city barangays, Mabua, Punta Bilar and Lipata, actually enclosed by mountains and hills. During my school years, the place was a secret paradise, that was what made us climb the Mabua or Punta Bilar hills to get there or swim the sea from Mabua to cross. But this time, the beautiful place is already accessible by car; a concrete road is in place crisscrossing the hills and connecting Punta Bilar and Mabua.

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It was not only swimming that I enjoyed during this home visit. I attended birthday celebrations of some of my friends back home.

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Posted by crisbernal 22:18 Archived in Philippines Tagged sunsets_and_sunrises beaches road_trip nature beach driving pebbles family roadtrip sunbathing white_sand surigao philippine_tours budget_travels day_tours daytour family_tour

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