Remembering my Palawan Roots
I was browsing through some pictures of Judy Ann Santos taken for the movie Ploning (a movie about a provincial lass who wants to leave her hometown to look for her first love Tomas. However, her adopted son tries different antics just to make her stay in Cuyo, Palawan) which reminded me of how much I miss my mother’s hometown.
I remember my Lola’s (grandmother) Cuyunin (used to refer to Palawan’s dialect and people) accented tagalog when we were still little and on how I was able to understand my mom, uncles and aunts discussions after I have developed an understanding of their dialect but unfortunately did not learn enough or maybe haven’t practiced it thoroughly to become Cuyunin conversant.
Ohh.. how my heart leaped when I was able to visit them again, a few months after I got married. Even though the stay was just short.. but the memories are still fresh and lingering up to this day. I still remember how fun and touching it had been for me to swim on the different islands (don’t miss doing Island hopping if you go to Puerto Prinsesa) and how often I smiled from watching dew drops in the leaves or hear rooster’s early morning call. Ohhh.. I miss Palawan so much.
I vowed to go back, visit more places.. meet more relatives.. I wanna go and swim at the lagoon in Coron or go kayaking instead. I sometimes envy some foreigners that are enjoying Palawan’s treasures when I watch some shows.
I learned that there are quite a number of active Cuyunin (Palawenyos) bloggers in the net. I do hope for them to tell more of the beauty of Palawan and its people thru their blogs and may they grow in number.
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