Today, I’m compiling all the beautiful snapshots I took during the two weeks holiday vacation I spent in my rustic hometown of Cateel, Davao Oriental. Yes, two weeks of sheer joy, funny moments and exciting merriment enjoying the most wonderful time of year with my family and friends in this special place so close to my heart.
Before I went back home, I had few invitations to travel and spend the holidays somewhere. In fact, I had plane tickets purchased earlier but I opted to cancel all my planned trips and declined travel invitations for December to spend fully my two-week break in my quaint hometown of Cateel.
This was the first Christmas after that horrific calamity that hardly hit our town last December 4, 2012 – the Super Typhoon Pablo. During those times, Christmas holidays was barely felt. Power supply was down. Most of houses were roofless. People didn’t have much to buy food and stuffs to prepare for Noche Buena and Media Noche. Gloomy as it may sound; it was the darkest Christmas that Cateel ever had.
But one struggling year after that catastrophic day, Cateel and our people are moving forward facing new homes, new hopes and new beginnings. And this time, our people were up, jovial and ready to celebrate CHRISTMAS and NEW YEAR with a big bang! As a true son of Cateel, I didn’t want to miss this event! This is something I want to experience, something I wanted to look back when I grow old, and something I want to share to you and to the rest of the world.
From my hometown of Cateel, allow me to share these photographs to you to inspire you and make realize that in the midst of all tragedies and calamities, there is love, there is hope, there is GOD!
FROM MY HOMETOWN OF CATEEL IN DAVAO ORIENTAL,
A VERY PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!