We had another marvelous week and ended it on such a fun note-there is this cute little town south of Cauayan named Angadanan. The Breese's have served there since they arrived Aug of 2010 and will miss those people when they go back to their families in a couple of weeks. Last year, Sister Breese and Sister Carlos went to the Fiesta street dancing competition and really enjoyed it. When we heard it was last weekend, we all piled into cars and drove to experience this event. Last year there were five schools competing for the coveted prize money but this year, all of the competitors dropped out at the last minute except one school from Alicia, a city close by. However, their dance made the trip worthwhile totally! It was so fascinating. I have shared with you about the clever people here in the Philippines. They are so creative and this event proved that point-their dance was so spectacular!! They acted and danced out the growing season of rice...we could follow the progression of the rice by watching their actions and their costumes. Everything is designed and made by them. It was wonderful! They were awarded the grand prize for their school of 100,000 pesos [around $2000 US]. That is a huge chunk of cash for these folks-the average worker here would work for about two years to collect and save that much money.
Last year Sister Carlos met the mayor and spoke at a conference with her. She recognized us, came into the crowd to get us and moved us to sit in her viewing area, which was air-conditioned. When she was making her opening remarks, she acknowledged our presence and even invited us to her office after the performance for meryenda and to her home for dinner that night before the cultural dance festival. It would have been a late evening so none of us chose to go-Sunday's are our busiest days here as missionaries and starting sleep deprived would not be a grand plan..
|the worms that threaten the harvest|
|drum made from 55 gallon drum|
This is sycamus...it is my new love! It is a root vegetable [they all insist it is a fruit] and it is actually VERY close to our hicama. Sycamus is a little sweeter but has that familiar crunch and texture. I buy a huge string at the market with probably 30 sycamus and it costs me a whopping 30 pesos...about $.75!! What a deal! I eat one of two every day, usually in my salads.
|left is before it is cut and right is sliced sycamus...yummy!!|
|Lots of riders on this vehicle|
|This Jeepney is packed!! Those are bags of rice on the back.|
|I say no wonder these people are so short-they compress their spines with the things they carry on their heads!|
I also told Stephanie 'don't send us any air-we have all the air we need here!'...in other words, if there is room in the box after she has loaded it with the hooks, I gave her a few ideas of other things she could use to fill it up. We are excited and so grateful for her time-she is one of the busiest women I know-eight children and a hubby, a dog and a cat makes that little home hummmmmm...thanks Steph!
|Some of Sister Russell's purses|
|This is one of my favorites|