Let me introduce to you my tatay’s side of the family home province in Sta. Cruz, Occidental Mindoro.
Oh beloved Mindoro I miss you. Hell beloved Philippines I miss you.
First 3 pictures were taken by my cousins (that’s two of them right there) who went up in the hills by the main family house where my lola, the head of the family, lives. Everyone lives right close by and everyone spends their days around the main house even some of the neighbors kids who often play with one of these game machines my lola has in front of the house.
The last 4 pictures were taken by my tatay who went back home last August when my lolo died and him and my Tita Babes went back for the funeral and wake.
The beach you see is the beach we live right next to. Take a stroll down the street and you hit the beach. It’s not as pretty as it was years ago though according to my tatay because he said when he was younger there were a lot more tree’s and plants back then but people have been cutting them down.
The nipa huts you see is yes how my family and neighbors lives, some though are made out of stone but those houses are further away from the beach. The main house though is an adobe house mainly though because of the support my tatay has given to my family back home to help build it. There are only a few others like my family’s main house but others in my family and family friends live in traditional nipa huts.
Then take a drive or bike outside town you will see the hills and mountains and the rice fields.
Someone take me home.