Today, I have met people having genuine smiles whenever someone comes into their house. I have met people who are ready and willing to offer their homes for those who need it. And I am absolutely happy for what happened today- for what I have realized and reflected. I am glad.
I’m going to introduce a little town in my province with you guys today. It’s called Alfonso and not many people know it since it’s a very far town, especially if you’re from Manila. It is 74km away from Manila through my hometown, Tagaytay City. Anyway, I was in this undiscovered gem earlier- and I have learned a lot of lessons from the people residing in the place.
We have our research about a certain topic and we chose to interview the people from Alfonso, Cavite, Philippines. See, this town has a lot of trees and there’s something in the place that is so peaceful. I visit this town sometimes whenever I go to my best friend, Rhaine, because her house is near this town. But today, I was with three guys who resides in this town and with Elline. The three guys were also our groupmates in the research- the reason why we chose Alfonso in the first place.
I didn’t know that this town can be so huge. Honestly! We were riding one of our groupmate’s tricycle and it was really huge. The town was so wide with different names in each places. I couldn’t even remember the names of the barangays. Anyway, so we started interviewing some elderlies we see in the place.
However, what amazed me was their way of living.
It was so simple, and it was very peaceful. You can count the vehicles who pass through the place by your hands- and it was so cool. I didn’t know that a town can still have a few vehicles passing through when almost everyone now has their own cars and such.
One of my groupmates said that they can even leave the house unlocked and no one would dare to enter the place. Dang- it’s awesome!
I believed in what he said when we conducted an interview with a very nice man. I didn’t know him at all- of course, and he didn’t know us. But he willingly offered his house to us and we conducted the interview inside. The man was a Christian, and they never refuse visitors. They were really living simply- the house was tiny, but I can really feel the love present inside the house. We didn’t know him very much- not at all, but it feels as if we were very welcome in his house. His wife, even prepared food for us, which I was very thankful for because my stomach was growling and yup, I was really hungry. And I was in awe when I saw my favourite food on the table. While conducting the interview with him, we really learned a lot and I can say, he was a very wise man. He even prayed for us and blessed us before we go home. I was really thankful.
He wasn’t the only one who welcomed us genuinely, but almost everyone that we interviewed today was so friendly and awesome. We even get to interview an 82 year old grandma and we just really feel welcome.
I am definitely inlove with the place. Filipinos can really be so welcoming and genuine. I honestly feel like a tourist today– like it was my first time in a province even though I’ve lived my life in it.
So if you’re planning to immerse in the Philippines, try choosing this place.
This town has a lot to offer, I must say. If you’re still into tourist spots, you can visit the sweetest place in the South (in our province), the Gingerbread House.
Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed this post. And please let me know in the comments how’s your week or day has been!!
“Whatever city you enter and they receive you, eat what is set before you.” – Luke 10:8