Thursday, November 03, 2005

Life in a Small Town

Pililla is a quaint little town in Rizal wedged between the more known Tanay and Bugarin, the last town of Rizal bordering Laguna. It is the town where my father grew up.

Every All Saints’ Day, the whole family composed of my parents, my family and my sister’s family, drive to Pililla and spend a few days of rest and recreation. We now stay at the site where, as a young boy, my father would pick up wild growing sampaguita flowers and sell them.

He still regales his grandchildren with tales of his growing-up years, of how he would pick up firewood or climb sampaloc trees to be used for their dinner. Time has a way of remembering hard years with fondness.

Of course, nothing fascinates his grandchildren more than hearing their Lolo narrate the yarn of how one can become invincible by swallowing the precious stone that the “puso ng saging” drops at the precise hour of midnight, and only after battling the dark and evil elemental spirits.

Aside from revisiting old haunts, going fishing, and a good, but exhausting trek in the “woods”, we would spend time marveling at the greens and the trees which have become far and fewer in the city. It is definitely one of the best times to expand the children’s knowledge of the names of flowers, fruits and recognize various plant leaves.

For me, Pililla is a respite from the city life, a haven of rest where one marvels at the beauty of God’s creation at the break of dawn and at the setting of the sun. And most importantly, a time well-spent in the company of loved ones and at least for a few days, with nary a care in the world.

Here is my pictorial remembrance of this particular trip:
: background paper from the Grateful kit at; block paper by Sara Carling of
:background paper by Sara Carling of; "the good life" quote by Nancie Rowe Janitz of; fonts used: CK Maternal and Arial


Blogger mama_aly said...

Wonderful scrapbook pages! Families are a blessing :)

2:37 PM  
Blogger NJbabe said...

After looking at the pictures, how I envy you having your whole family with you....We should cherish all these precious moments while the kids are young, our family still together, our parents healthy...Wow I did not know Tito Ollie had super powers...though he and Tita Flor always looked good!!!...All the wait was worth it!!!

12:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, Mapuno pa pala sa Pililla. At ang laki na ni Pia at Gabby. How to see you guys once we get our citizenship and passports.

12:19 PM  
Blogger MommyBa said...

I love the style you applied on this page. Lovely work and remembrance for a great family get together.

1:07 PM  
Anonymous JO said...

this is very nice indeed! great idea for a layout!

8:44 PM  

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