Journey To The Past

Last Monday, June 26, 2008, I went to Butuan City with my brother Maian, my mother, my two kids, with my nephew Soy and niece Jacklyn. Dahil sa dami namin, I decided to rent a car para magkasya kaming lahat and in the hope na marami kaming mabibitbit na mga prutas, baboy, kalabaw at manok pagbalik. We left early in the morning kasi malayo asng biyahe eh. Bro said na it will take around 8 hours daw to drive going Butuan. I asked him why ganun katagal at ilang kilometro ba papunta doon? Ay ewan daw ang sagot saken. Sabagay, hindi na ako nagtataka sa sagot niya dahil karamihan ng mga tao dito sa Pilipinas ay walang keber kong ilang kilometro ang binabiyahe. I was expecting na around 600 kilometers ang distance Butuan City sa Davao. So anyways, ayon umalis kami at si Tita Poorshya niyo ang nagmaniho ng sasakyan.

Actually, parang ayaw kong magdrive dahil I witnessed how people drives here. To be honest, it’s driving me crazy because they do not follow rules. But I was forced to do so dahil wala pang license ang brother ko.

The highway going there is not bad at all. I was even astound kasi talagang konkreto na ang buong kalsada from Davao to Butuan. Tapos kompleto pa nang mga road signs at meron pang safety barriers sa roadsides. Mangha talaga si Tita niyo! The highway was deserted most of the time and I was really tempted to speed up. Kaya lang, I was so afraid na baka may biglang tumawid na tikbalang o kalabaw na nakapastol sa gilid ng kalsada. So my speed was between 80 kmph lang to 100 kmph, paminsan-minsan 120 kapag ang daan ay safe to accelerate.

You surely want to know why your Tita Poorshya went to that ever kalayo na lugar. First of all, your Tita was born there, second of all, my lola (mother’s side)

and the rest of my relatives lives there and thirdly, 21 years na akong hindi napunta doon. Kaya, it was about time to visit my people na talaga.
Ang kasarapan kapag uuwi ka nang probinsiya, lalong-lalo na’t alam ng mga relatives mo. It always end up like a fiesta. May isang baka silang itinumba at pinatayo naman kinabukasan (hehehe joke). What I mean ay pinaghandaan nila ang aming pagdating ng tudo.

On that evening, Lola and I had a talk and somewhere along the line. Napag-usapan namin ang tungkol sa kanyang lupain. She told me na most part of it ay pinamana niya na sa mga Tio at Tia ko. My parents even got few hectares pero sayang nga daw ito dahil hindi nila Papa at Mama inaasikaso. She added na if gusto ko raw, I can also have a piece of farm lot if I promise to cultivate it. I was of course surprised and touched din siyempre noh dahil hindi ko akalain na ganun. Naku, si Tita niyo mukhang magiging magbubukid na yata mga kapuso.

The next day, we went to visit/survey the area my grandmother told me.

Nafagod sa kakalakad si Tita Poorshya niyo at lumawit ang dila hanggang lupa dahil sa sobrang init.

I am not really familiar how big is my grandmother’s farm. I only remember na noon when my grandfather was still alive. They used to plant sugar cane and tobacco on the upper part of their farm. Para itong cake eh na may tatlong layer or levels. Doon naman sa mid level, puro lang ito kape at cacao, at mais naman sa pinakababa. Now at present, everything has changed…they only grow coconut dahil daw less work and maintainance. Most part of my grandmother’s farm ay high grasses nalang ang tumutubo. Which I find “sayang”. Halos lahat kasi ng male relatives ko ay nasa city na or somewhere outside Butuan nagtatrabaho.

Now what to do with my piece of land? Well, I already have ideas in mind at may worker na rin akong kinampanya doon. I am planning to go back there para masimulan na ang plano ko. Ano yon? Hehehe, secret šŸ˜‰

Beng

Beng Hafner is my name. Well, most of you know that already. I am a mother of 3 and a granny of 3 cute kids. I am proud to be who I am and I am proud of the way I am. I am alive because I have a lot to live for. I have many dreams that I wish to reach for and I have many journeys to make. My life is like a soap opera, and you are the audience.

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17 Responses

  1. chuvaness says:

    MANAY!!!!!!!! HACIENDERA KA PALA!!!!!!! HAHAHAHHA….hay ansarap ng buhay provincia!

    • Beng says:

      Ngeeee! Ano ka diyang haciendera? Lupang nasa paso lang eh :). Psst, pagnakabalik kayo rito, pasyal din tayo doon. Pero dapat hindi lang tatlong araw ang stay kundi one week talaga para hindi stress sa beauty. Di vah?

  2. nina says:

    it’s good if you will cultivate the land šŸ™‚ i am also interested in farming pero pag retire na siguro ako šŸ™‚ I joined an e-group called Rare Fruit Society of The Philippines. It’s an e-group of people who are into farming and/or interested in farming. They share their ideas and experiences. You might be interested to check their group šŸ™‚

    • Beng says:

      Hi Nina,

      Thanks for dropping by :). Biglaan nga ang nangyari eh, though I am so glad about it. Biyaya na bigay ng Lola at ng Dios kaya I decided na ipacultivate ito para hindi masayang.

      Hehehe, magbabayad na lang ako ng isang tunay na farmer kasi I have no idea talaga. My uncle explained to me some facts about what is better to do and what is not. Pero siyempre hindi ko pa rin ito magagawa mismo kaya bale titingin-tingin nalang ako doon. Coul you please give me the name of that e-group pala so I can also join? It would be nice if I can gather more ideas about farming.

      Have a pleasant weekend.

  3. let says:

    Hello

    maayong buntag day! maganda kuwento mo dito sa journey to the past..nakakaiyak…lalo na magkita mo sa mga relatives denha..maganda na rin ang daan frm davao to butuan..

    ako nga pala pinanganak, lumaki at nag-tapos ng elementary dyan sa father urios college pero dito na ako ng high school at college sa manila..andyan pa rin si mama ko at kapatid sa san vicente, butuan city.

    naa koy pinsan nakapag-asawa din dyan sa germany pero wala na ko kahibalo kung unsay iyang address wala na man mag-sulat sa amo..

    ayoayo deha day…guapa ra ba ka…siempre taga-butuan mga guapa man gyod…basahon nako ning imong uban nga gisulat…maayo man…sige…

    hangtod sa sunod na komento nako denhe…

    lelet

    • Beng says:

      Hi Lelet,
      Thank you very much for visiting my site. Hehehe, nalipay djud ko nga nasalaag ka dinhi. My heart jumped as you mentioned nga taga San Vicente mo and that you graduated elementary in Father Urios. Hala ka oy, pareha baya ta. I mean taga San Vicente gyud mi sa una. My father Cesar Cozo was the first counselor noong araw and the Barrio Captain that time was Nong Digong aka Rodrigo Dayaday. Then mga ka batch nako sila Eduardo Calo, William Allado, Amalia Angeles. Puro pod ni sila taga San Vicente.

      Oh my God, what a coincidence nga nagmeet ta dinhi sa internet. You know what Let, mobalik ko sa Butuan this coming week kay sugdan na nako pagpatrabaho ang yuta nga hatag sa akong Lola. I’m going to stay for a day in the city kay gusto ko mo bisita sa San Vicente. I wanted to meet my kababata there. One of my auntie mentioned nga ginapangita daw ko ni Amalia, so I thought to visit her by surprise :).

      Unsay inyong apilyedo diay? Hehehe, malay mo baka makadaan ako sa Mama mo just to say hello. Are you still in Manila?

  4. pusa says:

    wow tama si malen isang haciendera ang iyong beauty manay beng… hmmm hulaan o your going to plant rice šŸ™‚

    • Beng says:

      Hi Pusa,

      Salamat sa dalaw. Hehehe, hindi palay kasi walang irrigation ang area na uunahin naming i-cultivate. Ang unang project, is something na mahuhulog na parang long term investment kasi it takes years bago ito maharvest. Hit ito sa ngayon. Partly naman, we will grow some herbs, salads and culture mushrooms. Hotels ang target naming buyers dito.

      The second project which is about to run na is livestock. The demand for meat at present is soaring kaya in ako dito.

      By September pa ako makakapag start sa palay kasi may tenant pang gumagamit nito sa ngayon.

      Ayan ha nilantad ko na plano ko. Hehehe, so huwag na ikaw magtaka in case absent ako dito sa internet. Ibig sabihin niyan, nandoon ako sa aming bukid šŸ™‚

  5. Hello te Beng,

    Oks yan a… marami ka ng naisip na puwedeng paggagamitan ng lupa. Pag may space pa lupa mo at di magagamit lahat, try mo kaya taniman yong ibang space ng mahogany at ipil-ipil kasi hindi alagain. May market daw yan e. O kaya ilang-ilang, may market din yan. Di ka-agad-agad pero in the long run daw, ok. Narinig ko lang naman.

    Good luck sa mg projects mo!

  6. pagong says:

    ate poorsya,

    i like your pose at the last picture, you’re still beautiful pa rin!, lol!.
    paki-hug ko ug kiss kay ma osing, i miss her so much ug regards sa tanang mga kabanayan pod kung makabalik ka sa bilay. Kinsa manang tapad ni mother ug tapad nimo?

    • Beng says:

      hehehe, ano kang pose…umupo kamo sa damo dahil hiningal ako sa kakaakyat ng bundokens. hindi ko alam na si maian pala eh kinuhanan kami ng piktyur. buti nalang hindi ako nangulangot? sistah, ang byutiness ay palagi yan, que nasa ituktok ako ng kong ano mang bundok o nasa isang gala. ngehehehe, kapit ka diyan ha?

      bitaw oy, sure…i will extend your regards to all our relatives pagbalik ko doon next week. btw, ang katabi ni mama ay si…hehehe sori i forgot her name, pero asawa siya ni ricky. ang katabi ko naman ay si hermie.

      dios ko sistah, halos hindi ko na makilala ang mga tao doon. imadyen ba naman, some of our cousins were still kids as i left. twenty one years later…puro na ito may mga asawa. regards din diyan ha?

  7. reyna elena says:

    hahaha! FARMERness ang Tita Poorshyaaaaa!!! at HACIENDERNESS paaa! anak nang papaya oo! buti talaga nakipag-social climb ako! Pano yan? Mag-papastol ka nang kanding? baboy? usa? hahaha! Pag nagsimula ka na mag-hire nang farmers mo sa hacienda mo, please call me, ako ang mag-iinterview at mag-pi-pisikal exam hehehe!

    UY! lav na lav ni Kathleen yung Nautica team ha? hahaha

  8. an2nette says:

    Hi beng, mukhang nag eenjoy ka jan ha at future haciendera pa, sayang yung lot kung di macultivate at maging source of income rin, pls visit mo naman blogsite ko, kasama ko si jojo at mga freiburg girls sa isang bday party, tonette-bachmann.blogspot.com

    2nette of appenweier, germany

  9. vanidosa says:

    I’m glad to know na interasado kang icultivate ang lupain mo. Basta in the process maingat ka lang kasi baka akala ng mga tao diyan na hindi mo kamag-anakan ay dami kang pera kasi ur married to a foreigner at alam mo na…

  10. cesar cozo jr says:

    Manang,

    Hmmm,,, The road going to Butuan from Davao particularly in agusan del sur was reconstructed kaya it looks like a good highway when you had passed there.. and then when I came from Republic of Palau nag work sa Daewoo E & C, gi padala ko nila diha sa agusan Road Project as one of thier Site Engineer. Kibali from Trento – to San Francisco ang project kaya tama imo comment good ang road kay brother man nimo ang engineer bwahahahahaha… joke joke.

    Musta na manang? dri sa new zealand medyo nag adjsut pko sa system nila lalo na asian ko then high standard daw sila kaya observed daw muna me. akala ko smart na itong mga puti pero same parin sa mga araboooo hehehehe.

    Regards ko sa taNAN..

  11. Carlfinity says:

    Hi, nice post po! Mabuti naman at nagustuhan niyo ang pamamasyal sa hilagang mindanao. Yung highway bago lang po yan na ayos. It was terribly like a dirt road before because of the damage brought by landslides and erosion.

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