The best years of my life were spent on the block. I was baptized in this church. The St. William Cathedral. It looks quite different now. The saints are still there, but the beautiful ceiling murals that I used to stare at as we heard mass when I was a child up to my teens are gone. My dad donated some money for the renovation of the roof and ceiling, so I blame him a little for giving only enough to buy one color paint.
This was my school from elementary to third year high. It used to be an all-girl school. Naughtiness is the first thing that comes to my mind when I see this antique school building. Slightly and slightly not. The school principal summoned my parents only twice, hahah, omg! Once for teasing Maristela for her kitschy sweater and one last time for a disappearing act. LOL A very complicated story so let me segue into the next paragraph.
The Laoag Sinking Belltower was witness to all the drama of the Holy Spirit girls and the old Divine Word High School boys. Yay!
Slingshots are called palsiit in Ilocano and they’re handmade. I used to see them at Rolly’s, an arts and crafts store where I bought materials for school projects. I miss that store! I pass by the store at least three times a day til my last day at the Holy Spirit Academy of Laoag.
There’s another superstore being built. I live on the next block, so my neighborhood is imaginably the next big traffic fright.
Fish catch of the day — fresh — what you don’t get to see at the big superstores! There’s nothing like bukto et alia!
Laoag is getting citified very rapidly. I’m not sure if people are ready to suck in the new lifestyle. I used to love the maaliwalas-feel of my neighborhood even though it is tucked within the commercial area. There are mornings when I wake up to blasting baduy jingle that plays repeatedly the whole day. Really annoying especially to someone who has found home in a city that’s unique now fast losing its character and soul.
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