I once did a blog a collaboration with Lisa Mirasol of Pinaytravelista.com where we shared various travel tips about Iligan, a highly-urbanized city in Southern Philippines.
Little did I know that a few months after I published that entry, I was fortunate enough to return to my beloved birthplace to participate in the Waterfalling Adventure Tour 3.0, a unique weekender organized by the Iligan Bloggers Society.
Right after my cousin's wedding reception last December, a few of my relatives and I met up for a few 'catch-up drinks.'
I must give it then to Iligan's many hardworking residents who still chose to stay in a city that has been through a lot.
Just when I thought that I knew Iligan like the back of my hand, I was surprised to find out how ignorant I am of this city all this time.
I somehow managed to gather my composure after how she described our campus and the college where I came from. I sipped my coffee and then just broke into a smile.
This is the tambangongo, a kind of sea catfish that my college roommate told me about many years ago. He hails from Baroy, a laidback coastal municipality in Southern Philippines.
We thought that the month of March would signal the end of our academic worries. After all, it's the unofficial start of the summer season, another time to give ourselves a big break, head for the beaches and literally freak out.