Happy Fiesta to Barangay Duhat!

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It is May 21! While I am in the office, I cannot help but remember the many summer vacation I had in Quezon; specifically at Brgy. Duhat, Plaridel Quezon. It where my father’s family moved during World War II. In there I spent memorable summer vacations of my youth. :)

When I was young, I always look forward to summer vacation. Not only because it is a break from school, but because I get to spend my vacation in Quezon. I love going to Quezon. I love bonding moments with my cousins. Sleeping late at night because of unending “tsismisan” and waking up late in the morning, too. I remember my late paternal grandmother cooking breakfast for us, her grandchildren.

Aside from seeing honey during summer vacation, another thing that I enjoy the most was going to nearby barangay to celebrate their own feast day. :)  

In our own barangay, Barangay Duhat, the feast day is celebrated on May 21. The patron saint of the barangay is Mama Mary as the Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage (like the patron saint of Antipolo City). When I am there, I see to it that I hear mass with my cousin. The chapel in our barangay is just a small chapel. I believe, that our ancestral house is bigger than it. But, our family helped in completing the building of the said chapel. After the mass, I remember having lunch at my lola Ading’s house. Then, having dessert at my Tita Lyn’s and then merienda at my Tito Atoy’s house. I also enjoyed singing in the videoke with my cousins. Our theme song then was “Breathless” by The Corrs. Go Cathy! Hehehe! :D

Like any fiesta, there is a procession with the image of the patron saint. But unlike in Manila, there are very few people who participate in the said procession. :(

When the evening comes, my cousins and I put on good clothes and then we’re off to the covered court for the “Sayawan”. :) I remember dancing all night long until the break of dawn. We usually go home at 5:30AM. Then, we eat a little breakfast and take a good sleep. In the afternoon, we then go to the nearby beach resort to enjoy the very relaxing sea water. Oh how I love the going to the beach! :)

The last time I went to Quezon for the barangay fiesta was in 2001. Eleven years to be exact. I miss going home there. I don’t know when I will be there again but I am really looking forward to it. Someday. Soon. :)

May 21 is memorable to me not because of the happy summer I had when I was young, but because it is when honey and I became officially on. We have had a lot of problems. There had been so many pains and heartaches brought about by our relationship. Yet we are still together. In between years we have had other relationships but we still ended up with each other. :) It’s been 13 years since the night I accepted his love. :)

Happy Fiesta to Barangay Duhat! Hope to come back soon..

Ciao! :)

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