Sarrat Bridge Rappel In the Year of the Snake

Sarrat Bridge Rappel

It didn’t seem like six years had gone since Kaagapay rappelled from a chopper. The expensive chopper rappel was our prize for faithfully completing the 3-week search and rescue training from the Philippine Air Force 5056th Squadron stationed within the Laoag International Airport compound. They downsized, so it’s now under the 5057th. The presence of the whole Kaagapay Auxiliary Class is missed, our other cool instructors too. Only two (hahah, the two most unflappable instructors) are there for the ongoing proficiency training of the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte search and rescuers.

Thanking my classmate Demi for the heads up, Major Layaoen for the ride, and everyone for the exhilarating rappel party!

Btw, allow me to greet the Kaagapay Class president, Jeff Fariñas, for making it to the Laoag City Council. In fact, finishing first. Congrats, Jeff… yours to life ’til death! (It’s the class slogan.) He deserves the number one spot, imo! Out of the numerous candidates, it was only Jeff who campaigned at our home. Even if he didn’t do the house-to-house visit, I’d still list him as my number one though. I can vouch for his work ethic. I hope he won’t fail those who supported his candidacy.

Sarrat BridgeYear of the Snake

The symbolic appearance of a snake. The snake in the Chinese zodiac represents humanitarianism.

Standard RappelSAR Proficiency TrainingSAR Proficiency TrainingSarrat Bridge RappelRappel HardwarePhilippine Air Force SAR InstructorsSearch and Rescue Proficiency Training 2013 with PAF 5057th SAR Squadron and Provincial DPSSearch and Rescue Proficiency Training 2013 with PAF 5057th SAR Squadron and Provincial DPSSearch and Rescue Proficiency Training 2013 with PAF 5057th SAR Squadron and Provincial DPSDemi YSearch and Rescue Proficiency Training 2013 with PAF 5057th SAR Squadron and Provincial DPSSearch and Rescue Proficiency Training 2013 with PAF 5057th SAR Squadron and Provincial DPSSearch and Rescue Proficiency Training 2013 with PAF 5057th SAR Squadron and Provincial DPSSearch and Rescue Proficiency Training 2013 with PAF 5057th SAR Squadron and Provincial DPSKaagapay Ladies

The three ladies of Class Kaagapay. We’ve grown paunches in six years, but we’re better rappellers:)

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The Sta. Monica Church and Tree Hugging

A tree in the summerCentury-old Tree

Took the cue from the imposing ancient tree inside the Sta Monica Church Complex. Not a crazy idea. Hug a tree whenever you feel the need to revitalize. It’s a prescription from my masseuse, Judy. Of course do it the right way, facing the tree:)

Sta. Monica Church, Sarrat, Ilocos Norte

An Important Cultural Property declared by the National Museum, the 18th century Sta. Monica Church in the town of Sarrat is one of my favorite heritage sites in Ilocos. I intended to take interior shots, but the doors were closed.

Built in neoclassical style, the church has a dreamy, long aisle, making it popular for weddings. Several society weddings, like the 1983 Greggy Araneta-Irene Marcos nuptials and reception, were realized in the church complex.

Sta. Monica Church Convent, Sarrat, Ilocos NorteSta. Monica Church and Bell Tower, Sarrat, Ilocos Norte

A killer earthquake in 1983 damaged the belltower and the church’s facade and had to undergo restoration.

There’s a new museum housed in the convent, so I really will be going back. Have a lovely, restful  Sunday everyone!

Church Door

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