Friday, February 15, 2008

Capiz & Iloilo for 33 Hours

This weekend would not be an ordinary one, well at least for me eventhough it is not a long weekend I am scheduled to go to Iloilo as it is the 86th birthday of my grandfather. I didn't file a vacation leave so this will be just a Saturday-Sunday affair. I will be the last one to arrive yet be the first one to leave the next day as my mom, dad and sister will stay there for 2 more days (It sounds that I'm a workaholic, but I doubt it). My relatives from the U.S. and here in Manila will all be there so I have no reason not to attend because Manila is closer than the U.S. from Iloilo, hehehe :)

I'm feeling adventurous so I didn't bought a direct Manila-Iloilo-Manila ticket. Alternatively, I booked a flight to Roxas City, Capiz via Philippine Airlines which will leave 5:30 am tomorrow. It would just be a 1 hour flight so I expect to be out of the airport before 6:00 am. Roxas City is dubbed as the "Seafood Capital of the Philippines" but I don't expect to eat seafood that early in the morning. It will be my 4th or 5th time to visit Roxas City so I don't anymore plan to go sightseeing. I just plan to have my breakfast in a local restaurant and I will be off to my father's town in Dingle, Iloilo for a good 2 hrs. van/bus ride.

If I only book a direct Manila-Iloilo ticket I'll expect somebody to fetch me at the Iloilo Airport. I specifically directed my dad not to fetch me anymore because he doesn't know that I will be coming from Capiz.

The party for my grandfather will be in the afternoon so I have time to spare for my Capiz-Iloilo solo roadtrip. It is also time for meeting distant relatives for the first time. I expect that it would be a fiesta-scale of people attending from the afternoon 'til the evening as I heard that they ordered two lechon baboy. It would not be an ordinary party as what my tita told me because she ordered 100 sets of invitation and giveaways here in Manila.

My return flight would be at 5:20 pm the next day via Philippine Airlines also but this this I will be more practical so I will be departing from Iloilo. I don't know if I still have the time to go to Iloilo City to buy pasalubong for my friends and officemates.