Dumaguete Travel Blog› entry 12 of 31 › view all entries
Zamboangita was a little town 45 mins. away from Dumaguete City, and is famous for its Wednesday Malatapay market. At Zamboangita I met with my friend Kevin who was there on an extended vacation from the U.S. He had invited me to his town fiesta. This meant lots of good Filipino food and guests from all over, including old friends and relatives of his coming to join in the celebration. Unfortunately, Kevin says, the baile (dance) had been cancelled due to the recent elections. The celebration would go on until the night or until guests stop arriving. When I got there the table had been laid, and the lechon (roasted pig) was newly arrived. When I arrived Kevin gave me an envelope full of brochures and some pasalubong (souvenir gifts) from Paris where he'd gone a few months back.
A tip to people traveling the Philippines. If you're in small towns, the easiest landmarks would be the town church, plaza and city hall, often found next to each other. They're usually what people would consider the town center. That's how Kevin and I found each other, since I had never been to his town.
I didn't stay that long so that Kevin could entertain his other guests. I had to leave early too, because all the rides were full, and it would get even more difficult later in the day as more revelers leave Zamboangita for home. Kevin and I took a detour to a beach before getting to the highway where I would take my ride. From the beach you could see Apo Island. It was a windblown beach and the waves seemed rough. I wondered whether I could survive its famous currents when I do dive there.