This week, our family went to Bacolod City in Negros Occidental to attend the National Convention of the Gideons International in the Philippines. It was a particularly special visit because RD would be able to see that land of his roots. RD is one-half Negrense (the term used for someone who is originally from Negros), and we were going to visit his grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins from his mother’s side. Below is a short account of how our trip went.
Su-ay is a barangay which is part of the City of Himamaylan (about two hours from Bacolod City). Su-ay is where his late Lolo Tonying grew up. He never really got to meet his Lolo because he died of colon cancer when I (his mom) was only 3 years old. However, two of his six maternal grandparents (his Lolo’s brother and sister) are still alive at 98 and 93 years old, respectively.
The family’s business in Su-ay involves the planting of sugar cane and the raising of fish: bangus and tilapia. RD had a blast doing one of his favorite hobbies – fishing.
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The next day, after returning to Bacolod City from Su-ay, we all went to the Negros Museum so RD could learn about Negros’ rich history. With our guide, Jared, who supplied us with a lot of information about Negros, we learned so many things about the island’s history. It was an enlightening experience.
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To know more about Negros Occidental, visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Negros_Occidental