Monday, October 31, 2016
Mindoro North District meeting gives us special time with these wonderful missionaries. Elder Labastida (front row far left) is waiting for his visa to go to the Denver, CO mission.
Ingenuity, hard work, and co-operation is symbolized in this photo of men moving a home.
The Mountain People known as the Mangyns come to Calapan during the Christmas season (or giving season as it is known here). They come to beg for money or food. They are an aboriginal tribe who live a very primitive life and are the original inhabitants of the island. Our district president was raised near them and told us a lot about them. Many of them are staying close to where we live. They sleep on the sidewalks and wander the city. They don't wash their clothes or bathe and after a few months of wearing the same thing they will throw them away for something new. They are nomadic and move to different places in the mountain areas as they see fit. Men, women and children smoke pipes using the beetle nut plant. They also chew it. They fiercely protect their lifestyle and are not interested in becoming civilized. The following article is very interesting.
We attended a baptism in Pola and met in this cabana near the ocean for the service. There was a sweet spirit of love from the members as the talks were given and songs were sung.
It was a long walk to waist deep water since the tide was out.
The big smile on Elder Mesias' face says it all.
Following the baptism we took the short walk back to the cabana to celebrate and greet friends and loved ones.
The newest member of the Pola Branch, fourteen year old KC.
Sunday, October 23, 2016
The river that runs behind the Palengke or town market in Calapan.
This is typical of what we see as we walk in the neighborhoods. Neighborhoods are called Barangas and have names, mottos, a neighborhood president and an archway entrance over the street.
We always think of the grandkids when we pass this store.
This is an interesting sign at a restaurant. Elder Bellessa refuses to leave his machete in the car so when we saw "No deadly weapons allowed" we decided we probably won't be stopping for lunch.
This is the "iceman" who has ice in one bucket and yummy flavors in the other. He walks down the streets and makes a particular sound that everyone knows. The treat he makes is much like a snow cone.
Cow Resting in the Morning Sun
A very comfortable chair made from tires.
This little piggy is going to market.
Another "made with pop bottle" Christmas ornament. The hanging down part is made from plastic grocery bags.
This photo shows how large the Carabou are. They seem to be very docile and didn't mind that we were right next to him. (safely in the car) They are as big as a hippo.
District meeting in Pola.
This is the Pimalayan City plaza. It is in the southern most city we visit each week. It is about 1 1/2 hour drive from Calapan.
Baptism of fourteen year old Patrick. Elder Gaurana, who is waiting on a visa, will soon be serving in Ogden, Utah. We know he will have a big weather adjustment.
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Here you see the labors of a "master" gardener with just the size yard he likes. Elder Bellessa trims the greenery in front of our apartment with the best tool available (a knife) and picks up garbage left by people as they walk by.
Elder Bellessa's basketball buddies. Whenever we visit a branch, Elder Bellessa tries his hand at hitting a basket or two. When that happens, there are cheers and gleeful laughter all around.
This is a very small house at the edge of a rice paddy right off the highway. A family of six lives in this 8x10 house. It is amazing how the mother cooks on the porch with the children playing happily around her.
We pass this rice field and large sign as we drive out of Pinamalayan.
We see reminders for good character on public buildings even when we are waiting in line to pay our utility bills.
Honoring our new convert, this chalkboard art greeted us at a recent baptism.
Sunday, October 9, 2016
The Three Marias: Grace, Joy, Hope. God is Love
If you don't know exactly where to look, you'll miss ET greeting you from this roadside garden.
Tucked back on a side road, the Incredible Hulk.
More beautiful color
Umbrellas For Decoration at a church in Victoria.
Such great advice!