Lopez Jaena is a very small town in Bacolod. There were hardly any fast food chains. We only passed by a few stores in their main town and also a few well known oil companies and sugar mills with gated areas along the way. The area is so pretty though – unspoiled hills and vast greenery.

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We went into this area where my friend’s brother taught as a missionary where kids were riding the water buffalo. Some of the members of the church would ride on trucks that are used to transport sugar canes just to go to church.

IMG_4554 IMG_4556It’s not a barangay in the Philippines unless it has a basketball court. ^.^

IMG_4560It’s a humbling experience to say the least. It’s a testament that you don’t really need much to be happy.

On our way back, we passed by a catholic church in the city. It was holy week at that time so many people were carrying palaspas or palm fronds. Filipinos typically take these to church on palm Sunday. It is blessed by the priest to be taken home. They also had signs on I guess who to vote for and whom not to vote for which is unusual in my opinion. There really should be a clear separation of church and state in this country.

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