December 24th, 2003 – by: santo96
drinking red horse at patag with my uncle and 2 cousins..
Just to give you an overview, Bacolod City is in the region of Western Visayas and is the capital of the province of Negros Occidental. It's population is just under half a million. I have several family and friends of family in and around the area (more on my mother's side). The majority of the time I will be in Bacolod City. And just north of Bacolod City is Silay City. There I spent a couple days where my family still owns a 5 house compound which I sorta remember when I was a little boy (I left when I was 5). The storefront that my fam rented out were still there in front, but most of the houses in the compound were pretty run down due to lack of maintainence (we hope to rebuild soon!).
a waterbuffalo hanging out on the hike up to the memorial in patag
Oh some of the few memories I had came back to me! Then we spent another day driving up to the mountains of Patag with my uncle. We packed his Toyota Landcruiser with some fresh buku pies (coconut) and 8 Red Horse beers (think 40oz lager). And on the trek up to Patag on a dirt road we passed by a few small villages and a few patches of chickens just walking around like they were in the middle of the field. To my horror my uncle runs one over (since he was going like 50mph on the dirt road) and did not even break stride in talking about our family's heritage. I look behind us to confirm the kill and there laid something that looked like a frisbee with feathers. Almost to Patag we picked up a woman my uncle knew at a local village that would cook lunch/dinner for us there.
the scene up in patag
Weird. Finally we arrived at a very green place filled with dense forests and an awesome view of the land below. A short hike took us to an American/Filipino WWII memorial. Apparently Patag is the site of the Japanese's last stand in World War II. And so I hear from my mother that most of the land in Patag was divided between my mom and her 8 siblings. Then I also read that Patag is on the foot of a 1535 meter high volcano (Silay Volcano). No wonder we had so much land over there, what is GOD trying to do??? Well, it was nice to see the place, I wish I was told at the time that it was our property... Well the ride down the mountainside was a bit more scenic and we did not kill any roadside animals. :)