We flew on the Asian Spirit airline out from Manila to San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. It was quite the experience!
Preach my Gospel
Rice spread out to dry on the road.
Elder Cox in the waiting shed
Me in the waiting shed
Teaching piano lessons to Sister Pulido
Elder Cox and me standing in the Pulido’s front yard
Sunset over the ocean from Calintaan
We had some huge spiders. This one I found in my shoe in the morning. yuck!
Us with the mayor in Rizal after the Manzo’s wedding
Sister Siscar and Bro. Manzoand me on the hand tractor
Elder Cox on the Hand Tractor
The Wedding dinner in the mountains
At the Manzo’s Wedding Feast
Rollie and Elsie Manzo after their wedding back up in the mountain
Me getting my first shorter than ever haircut.
Eating dinner after the wedding
The little celebration for the wedding (Samuel Pulido, Ramil Villoria, Maricel and Gabriel, Rachelle, Irene Pulido
Sis Pulido and Sis Viloria cooking
Cooking Chop-Suey for the wedding
After the wedding was formalized. Ramil (holding Gabriel) and Maricel Viloria, Me, ElderCox, Vice Mayor
I was the “godmother” for the wedding. I’m still not sure exactly what that means.
Elder Cox was the “godfather” for the wedding.
On the way to San Jose we were running late and saw this Jeepney drive by just before we could get on. We were frustrated because we had to wait for 20 minutes for the next one. When we saw this accident, we realized we had actually been protected.
Elder Cox and I in the field up by Grill.
The Filipino kids are the cutest! These three loved it when we’d come visit their families. (Cherise Pulido, Michelle Viloria, Rachelle Viloria)
Elder Cox, Elder Fa’oa, Bro Gregorio and me working in the mud.
The rice fields where Bro Gregorio worked.
Me working on the field. We were making pilapels (the little dams between terraces)
Elder Cox on the mountain
Me on the mountain
Don’t ask what the leaf is for, just a bit of indigestion i’m sure
All the bridges (logs) were washed out by the storm
The only internet on the island
Rachelle and Gabriel Vilorria … super cute kids!
Bro Viloria cutting Elder Cox’s Hair
The Calintaan Branch with the Manzos at their baptism. (f. Burley, Isla, SIscar b. Lennie Tardio, Lola Tardio, Eva Tardio, Lola Siscar, Sis Siscar, Sis, Siscar, Rollie, Elsie, Manzo, Bro Manzo)
Us with the Manzos before their baptism. (Cox, Rollie, Elsie, Bro Manzo, Arnesen)
On the way back from sablayan again. A storm was rolling in.
Me at a scenic overlook in Sablayan
Islands off of Sablayan
The Map of MIndoro up in Sablayan
Me, Bro Andales, Pres Isla, working on cutting down the tree
The Mango tree at the church after the typhoon
Elder Cox with a big piece of wood
Thanksgiving, we even had gravy
Satellite image of the typhoon.
Elder Cox in the typhoon
Me standing out in the Typhoon
Hiking back down from Magsikap.
Yeah, the one day we were late, we were coming from San Jose and the bus got caught in the rain
Playing the Piano with the Canibal watching!!
Me on the beach north of Calintaan
Teaching Piano lessons to Sis Pulido
This is what our bedroom looked like during a brown-out. We had a stack of candles on the bed-side table so we could see a bit in the dark.
Riding on top of the jeepeny with Elder Cox
There were sheds for waiting for the buses and jeepneys on the side of the road. We decided to post a copy of “The Living Christ” in each of the sheds. I’m not sure if anyone read them (they were in Tagalog) but they lasted for about 2 weeks before they were taken down.
We had sister Pulido teach us how to make authentic Filipino food. She cooked with us over a fire in her outdoor kitchen.
This picture has nothing to do with this post except that it was taken on this day. We made pancakes regularly in this area because they had a great mix we could get. We ate them with corn syrup (that’s all we could find). This day they didn’t turn out so pretty but still tasted ok!
These are the lattices we made with Bro Pulido.
Rice fields that are dry after being cut and are now ready for threshing.
Me sitting on top of the jeepney waiting to go back to Calintaan from San Jose.
This is the view from the top of the jeepney in San Jose as we’re waiting to ride back to Calintaan. There were always a million trikes whizzing around.
Elder Cox and me standing in the ocean after the zone activity.
Me standing in the ocean at Magsaysay where we had our zone activity.