It was still dark outside, probably 5 in the morning, everyone was awakened by a pig's loud cry. The Teodoros were tying the pig's feet, preparing it for it's meaningful and stomach-filling end. We all went outside to witness the slaughter. It was my second time to see a pig being slaughtered, so I was not reallly shocked that much by its strong kicks and cries.
|the pig being tied, super ingay niyan, nagising ang buong bahay.|
Fast Forward>>> Everyone was busy working, the women were cutting and peeling the vegetables, the men were cleaning and cutting the pig's meat and internal organs, the kids getting the needed equipment (knives, kaldero, chopping board, large kawa, etc), and me... ughh just sitting pretty, busy observing this wonderful family bonding.
By 8:00 AM, I went with Katherine, one of the Teodoros, to the public market. Supposedly, she was to accompany me at my Boac tour later but it seemed she can't because they were all so busy, so I asked her na lang the directions and the sakayan to Boac.
Level 3 Ride to Boac
At around 10:30 AM, I left the Teodoro house, went to the jeepney stop and waited for a jeep bound to Boac. After a few minutes, a jeepney came, full of passengers.
Level 1 Ride - seated inside
Level 2 Ride - sabit ride
Level 3 Ride - jeepney topload ride
|level 2 ride, sabit sa jeep|
|sa sobrang inggit ko sa kanila napaakyat din ako sa taas|
|scenes from top of the jeep, who said rice terraces are only on Mt. Province|
|scenes from top of the jeep, a river flowing under the bridge|
|scenes from top of the jeep, at the town of Mogpog|
|scenes from top of the jeep, entering the town of Boac|
A Walktour in Boac
At 11:30 AM, I reached the bayan of Boac. I wasted no time since I have to get back to Sta. Cruz before 4:00 PM.
My first stop, the bilihan ng souvenir shirt. Tshirts at Boac Market would range from P140-250. I saw a lot of cool designs, kaya lang, there was no size fitted for my thin small body. I went to the kid's shirt and finally saw one. It costs P150.
|shirts for sale|
The entrance to the museum costs P10. You'll see there a lot antiques, masks, pictures and many other things that showcases the culture and history of the Island of Marinduque. Taking pictures inside is not allowed. I left the museum at exactly 12 nn.
|Jose Rizal monument|
|I thought it's the municipal hall, but it's Casa Real|
|the Boac Museum|
|no picture taking beyond this divider|
|a girl morion?|
I headed next to Boac cathedral which is situated on a higher ground (nakakhingal lakarin), it is made of stone and it is old. Its bell is displayed outside.
|the Boac cathedral|
|the church's bell|
|inside the Boac Cathedral|
It was lunch time already and I was already hungry, made me think of the Boac bibingka.
The Hunt for the Boac Bibingka
I asked one lady there where I could buy a Boac bibingka, she directed me to the public market, she also said that I won't easily find one since they're only cooking it during the cold mornings.
So I hurriedly walked my way to the market. The sun was really hot, my skin was burning. Along the way, I saw a "Marinduque Expo". Thinking that there might be a bibingka inside, I checked it and walked around. Unfortunately there was none, just souvenir shops.
|Marinduque Expo, display of Marinduque's pride|
I was quite tired of walking already when I reached the market. So I bought first a drink from a bakery there, I asked them if they know where the bibingkas are, they said I must ask the ones in the bigasan.
Not too far from the bakery, I asked the people in the bigasan. They pointed me inside the market, dadaan pa daw ako sa maliit na eskinita.
Upon reaching the eskinita, I asked an old lady where I could buy Boac bibingka, she said she's selling them.
Hoorah! I found it! The bibingkas were large and heavy, each costs P20, I bought 3.
|the Boac bibingka|
When I was done with the computer, I heard sounds of wood clapping outside. I saw there a group of Morions caroling for money, I wanted to give them some sana kaya lang kuripot mode ako nung mga time na iyon.
I again rode a jeep back to Sta. Cruz, the jeep still has a few passengers inside, but I told the driver that I'd do a topload ride (wala na ako pakelam kahit umitim ako).
|foreign tourists tried that level 3 jeepney ride|
|because my hands were busy taking pictures, I used my feet to lock me in place|
|tall coconut trees|
|on my way back to Sta. Cruz|
It was already 1:30 PM, I still have a few hours before the call time of 4:00 PM at the Teodoros' house. So I decided to go first to the bayan of Sta. Cruz and explore it myself.
The Town of Sta Cruz
The jeep dropped me in front of the Sta. Cruz church, it was 2:30 PM already. Far different from yesterday's crowd, the church now has a few visitors. The stone church looks old too, when I got inside, I've heard screeching sounds from the bats resting on the church's walls and ceiling.
|Sta. Cruz Church|
|inside the Sta. Cruz Church|
|the bell tower|
Rejano's is the only bakeshop in Sta. Cruz that sell uraro cookies. It is a cookie made from the starch of the uraro (arrowroot). The bakeshop is located on the street to the right of the Sta. Cruz Church, ask the locals there and they definitely know where it is.
|the heart-shaped uraro cookies of Rejano's|
I bought a pack of uraro cookies (P80), the Teodoro's advised me to have a water ready beside me whenever I'm eating uraro cookies (sobrang nakakatuyo kasi ng lalamunan). My first bite was fantastic, it tastes almost the same with puto seco, but there is one thing I don't know that makes this uraro cookie unique.
I drank two bottles of Merinda Softdrink after devouring 6 uraro cookies I think.
By 3:20 PM, I went back to the Teodoro's house. Everyone was busy preparing for the Poctoy beach night swimming, but I rested first.
Night Swimming at Poctoy Beach
|our truck ride to Poctoy Beach|
|woohoo. lakas ng hangin|
|welcome to Poctoy White Beach|
We had a night picnic in a cottage there. We were eating already the meat of the pig they just killed this morning. Sobra akong nabusog. A very satisfying dinner.
|food. yum yum|
I cannot see yet the beauty of this beach since everything is covered by the night's darkness. After finishing my meal, I walked around the beach. I saw a bar, gift shops and karaoke houses. I am not a fan of night life so I just stayed by the beach collecting rocks and balancing them.
|party party people|
|rock balancing is a fun activity|
|small and large sea cucumber|
End of day 3.
Summary of expenses
Jeep Sta Cruz to Boac - P47
Jeep Boac to Sta. Cruz - P47
Tricycle Sta. Cruz bayan to brgy. Landy - P13.50
Souvenir Shirt - P150
Boac bibingka - (P20 x 3) P60
Boac Museum - P10
Uraro cookies - P80
drinks - P30
Total expense for Day 3 = P437.5
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