Project Breaking Down Barriers: Homestay Fun in Lake Sebu

The previous day, we paid for unlimited broadband access and we didn’t want to put it to waste.  So, we told the kids that they could use the internet because we’re done with it anyway. While eating breakfast, we met Tonton, the singer of the group.  Dondon and him transferred the computer because they didn’t want to bother us eating breakfast.  They kept on asking, “Ate, ok lang ba talaga?”  I would say, “Ok lang.  Ano ba?”  They said, “Baka makaistorbo sa pagkain n’yo.”  I think Tara got that they were being so awkwardly shy about using the internet while we were eating that she said, “I’m not a princess!”  Haha!  That’s when they finally went to it.

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Project Breaking Down Barriers: Arts and Crafts with our T’Boli Hosts

The following day, Tara and I woke up at around 6:30 AM.  Everyone was already up and about by this time.  I even heard someone cutting wood.  So, after breakfast, I went down to see who it was.  Then, I formally met Dondon and Jayjay.  Jayjay is a son of Manang Oyog and Dondon is related to them in some way.  Dondon is in college, taking up education.  Jayjay stopped schooling but will return this coming school year and take up electronics.  They are both 19 years old.

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Project Breaking Down Barriers: Hello, Lake Sebu!

We asked the driver to bring us to Greenbox, following Manang Oyog’s advice.  We were already there for about 3 minutes when the kids from across the street went down and asked, “Sino sa inyo si Ati Monica?”  So cute!  I introduced myself and Tara and got to know the names of the beautiful kids that we were going to spend the next four days with:  Heng, Potpot, Andi, Tamtam, Dogdog, Boyboy, and Rhea.  There was also Manang Barbara, Manang Oyel, Ate Tisay, and of course, Manang Oyog.

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