Friday, November 28, 2008

Quezon: My Chosen Destination During Triple 8 -080808!

Number 8 is widely considered a lucky number in most parts of Asia, including the Philippines. A countless many booked that date for their special events, making August 8, 2008 the most anticipated date of the decade. With my prince in the Philippines at that time, it was easy to jump on the lucky 8 bandwagon without having to spend a fortune. We decided to drive to Lucena, Quezon on that day to meet the Mangu (Nilo, Ruel, Corin and Del) so they can get –to-know my prince Mark! By stroke of luck and because my prince had to work then, the trip actually started at exactly 08:08 pm of August 8, 2008! That’s a lot of 8s! And Yes, it’s also the date and time that the Chinese decided to begin the Beijing Olympics!

My fun, excitement and thrilling discoveries on this unbelievably popular day started with my prince taking the driver’s seat from his office at Global City. I’m sure my driver Mario was so delighted at that chance! Because my prince was driving, I have to take the front seat and read through the map, in case he couldn’t find his way (all-new experience for me!). But oh that didn’t become necessary. My prince is such a great driver and is very good at directions!

We traversed the entire Pan-Philippine Highway for four hours before we get to Lucena, passing through the four provinces of Laguna (Calamba), Batangas (Sto. Tomas, Alaminos), San Pablo City, and Quezon (Tiaong, Candelaria and Sariaya). As we drove through the loop, I enjoyed the rare experience of sitting side by side with my prince and holding hands with him from time to time! (For awhile I wondered why I was holding hands with my driver!!!). It was really a smooth drive and I was treated to genuine warmth and love from my luckiest find – my prince!

The province of Quezon is known for its tapestry of mountains and beaches, as well as the Pahiyas festival in May 15.

Kamayan sa Palaisdaan in Lucban, Quezon

Pagbilao, Quezon

We attended the sacrament service of Tayabas ward. It was my first area during my mission and so I was asked to give my testimony.

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