Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Ode to Cabangan

...and just because it's my 27th birthday today (cheers!), I think it's just right to pay homage to my birthplace...Cabangan, Zambales...

Breathtaking sunset at San Isidro, Cabangan, Zambales


Both my parents hail from this town. They've decided to start their new life as a couple here in Quezon City. So me and my two brothers practically grew up here, in kyusi. We often go to Cabangan every "major" holiday (All Saint's Day, Christmas holidays and Summer vacations), and every chance we have. We are not the type of family who would go to hotels and resorts to "de-stress", we go to Cabangan, only Cabangan. Maybe because it's just 3 hours away from the metro (especially with the pumped up NLEX and SCTEX). Almost all of my relatives are there. And every vacation is a chance to just slow down and relax.



Cabangan is a 4th class municipality in the province Zambales, Philippines. It's actually the 7th town of the province if you're coming from Manila-Pampanga-Bataan or Manila-NLEX-SCTEX (Olongapo City not included 'coz it's a city, the only city in Zambales). The towns are as follows: Subic, Castillejos, San Marcelino, San Antonio, San Narciso, San Felipe, Cabangan, Botolan, Iba, Palauig, Masinloc, Candelaria and Sta. Cruz.  You cannot miss a town in Zambales because they all have the same road, the main highway.  Fishing and farming are the main livelihood of the people. It's a small town with warm and nice people





Going back to my so-called "life", every holiday or vacation, we spend it in Cabangan. When we were younger, every summer vacation is spent in there, then we will go back to kyusi before the school starts. And even up to now, I would rather spend my summer vacation there. (if you still don't know...I'm a teacher, and we do have our own summer vacation...with pay of course..:)


Life there is so simple and sooo laid back (it's supposed to be). I remembered the times when there were still no television sets and other gadgets. That after lunch you would hear loud transistor radios from each and every house playing the "soap opera" series of Matudnila (I can still remember a few lines of its theme). And as a routine, you have to sleep after lunch so that you can play in the afternoon. We (me and my cousins) would fake it ('coz if you're a child, who wants to sleep right?). Waking up after a fake sleep is the best. You get to go out and play with other kids. Anything goes; siyato, tumbang preso, taguan, patintero, piko, playing with the carabaos, the goats, the frogs, going to the beach (dadaan sa bukid at sa mga pilapil) ligo sa dagat, ligo sa ulan, ligo sa ulan habang naliligo sa dagat (the best!), umakyat sa puno, umakyat sa bubong ng plaza, at kung anu- ano pa. You will never get tired. You will never be bored. Everything seems (is) right and happy.


And now that I'm older and wiser ('di ako sure sa part na 'yun), I still don't get tired of Cabangan, especially the beach. It is where I learned how to swim, to make sandcastles, to chase kurukoy (baby crabs), and other stuff. I always bring my friends and they enjoy the simplest things of life there. No grand resorts with infinity pool, no fancy restaurants. Just you and nature. 'Yun lang talaga. Sakto na. Steady lang.

There are some resorts in the area. But don't expect it to be as "luxurious" and "pampering" as you may want it to be. You can go to different barrios for the beach. But the most popular are the San Isidro and the Felmida beaches. Or if you just want to hang out, the beach is so public (I guess nobody can own a body of water right?just the shore or a portion of it). No entrance fees or whatsoever. Just park your car and run into the shore. Cabangan beach doesn't have that small or big rocks that you sometimes feel while swimming in other beaches. The sand color is somewhat grayish (I guess from the ashes after the Mt. Pinatubo eruption) and it is coarse (not as fine as other sands). You can get stuck in it without making so much effort. And the sunset...oh!just divine. Tapos biglang tagalog...(cue on Ms. Charo Santos-Concio)



Ako'y napapangiti kapag naaalala ko ang mga nakaraan, maging ito man ay mapait o masaya. Ako ay lumaki at nagkaisip sa siyudad ngunit hindi pa rin mawawala sa akin ang munting bayan na ito. Ang bayan na aking sinilangan. Kung saan pinili ng aking ina na iluwal ako sa kanilang tahanan, sa kama na akin pa ring nasisilayan hanggang sa ngayon at sa bayan na kanila ring sinilangan ng aking ama. Nakaukit na sa aking puso ang bayan na ito. Ang bayan na nagturo sa akin kung paano mabuhay at kung ano ang importante sa buhay. Ang bayan na nagturo sa aking magmahal at mahalin. Ang bayan na kumupkop sa akin at nagmulat sa aking kamalayan. Ang bayan na hinding-hindi ako mapapagod balikan. Ikaw lang Cabangan...Kailanman...









Enough of the drama, I think this comes with age. Okai, Let me share something from the OPM band Sugarfree (try to watch this in Youtube to give justice to the lyrics). This song is about a person's attachment to his hometown, just like mine (please define hometown?!eh taga kyusi kaya ako..:).


Los Banos
Sugarfree


Take me back to my home
To a place where i belong
Times have changed, and so have i
Now i long to go back home
Because i've seen a million faces,
I've been lost in many places
I've laughed and i've cried
I've lived and i've died

But it's always you i run home to
Take me back,take me home away from here back to where
I am free

When i'm tired of the noise
I go back to the age of toys
Where my grass is green
And my thoughts were once clean

Because i've seen a million faces,
I've been lost in many places
I've laughed and i've cried
I've lived and i've died


But it's always you i run home to
Take me back,take me home away from here back to where
I am free

Kalayaan sa ating lahat


Peace Y'all...happy vibes!:)




1 comment:

  1. Ate Carla, sna feature mo din po 'yung kabyawan sa sto.nino..

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