Thursday, October 26, 2006

Sta. Cruz



At the very northern portion of Zambales is a city known as Sta Cruz. It's a fairly big city, and fishing is the main means of living there. It's right next to the ocean, and many people even ride their bangka boats to the palengke or market. I learned that the bangka boats are made from kawayan, bayog, and plywood. Many of the families who live by the sea here own one and earn most of their living by selling the fish that they catch. It does well to feed their stomachs as well, as the never-ending supply of fish satisfies their hunger. The fish here are much cheaper than what I've found in other cities.

On my first morning there, I took a walk out on the beach, which was only a block away. The water was very still and the tide still low. I chased kurokoys or small crabs, and one can catch quite a few if you run at them as they are slow to burrow into their holes. I found an old man burning leaves to produce smoke. I learned that he keeps the smoke going to repel mosquitoes. This is the same old man that you see me talking to in one of the photographs. We talked for a while, and he told me some of his memorable fishing stories. The flower that I took a shot of is known as a yellow bell. The people get their drinking and bathing water from wells here. I tasted it, and it's a little salty. I also used it for bathing and found it to be quite an effective exfoliant. When you take a bath in it, it gets "libag" or dead skin cells off. There are also many palaisadaans or fish farms here. A man came rushing to the vacant watch post when he saw people walking by the fish farm as he was afraid that his amo or boss might be coming; he was supposed to be at his post. I was also able to experience my first ride on a bangka boat. We ventured onto a different shore. The building on the shore is an old boat terminal that is no longer in use. On that shore, I found many things swimming in the shallow water. There are actually many things you can catch there, and I found some people who were searching for their next meal there. There are all sorts of small fish and crabs, and even octopuses. I wanted to experience "nagdadaklis" or pulling in the fishing nets to shore, but I got sick on the last day I was there. And unfortunately, this illness is still lingering. Hopefully it'll go away in the next couple of days so I can get to work on another post.


































































38 comments:

*j e h a n n a* said...

i saw you in nagmamahal kapamilya. i was impressed with the kind of personality you have. typical Filipino man. God speed to you~

jehanna-

Anonymous said...

Hi im ur regular reader on ur blog its so interesting, keep it up and take care, hope u'll find whatever u want in ur life.

Richmond said...

hmmmm... nice...

I haven't beem in Zambales...Though it is not very far from where I line in, bataan...

coolwaterworks said...

It's like I'm reading a neophyte's take on things that most us insulares find ordinary. That's why I find your articles quite refreshing. Your experiences prove that it is indeed joyful to live here. "Bayang magiliw' is indeed true.

Anonymous said...

Kuya David

tinitingnan ko po ung site nyo everytime makakagamit ako ng computer...i hope that u will go further in ur journey here in Pinas...God Bless

Anonymous said...

Hello friend. Musta ang buhay mo dyan? I often read your blog when i get home from work. Talagang masaya dito sa pinas. YOu always take care of yourself. Mahal magkasakit ngayon.

Edward said...

I remember my elementary days when I was schooling in my barrio up in the mountain in Mindanaoa

-nehvool- said...

i envy you, in a way that you are experiencing the true life of a filipino.

Goodluck~


Neville Baluyot.

avid_fan said...

i'm an avid fan of ur blog ever since my friend's been star-strucked...nice pics u have here...hope u could travel more and get some pics...keep posting pls...and kung sawa ka na sa kakablog mo sna gawin mo nalng libro ang buhay mo...i'm sure marami ang bibili nyan...

Anonymous said...

i've watched u in Nagmamahal Kapamilya...& wondered y u made a decision to live here to think so many filipinos flew & dreamt of becoming a citizen of other countries...
you really had a filipino heart...living in a simple country & giving up everything... made me realized that it is not an expensive material things will MAKE a person...

GOD bless...

jean karen said...

kabsat kankanayon ko nga ketketaen dagita mga pics mo nakakamiss ka tuloy makapasanget mga wento mo ania aya addres mo dita tapno no agawed ket makita kaman met

jean karen said...

makita sna kita pag uwi ko jan sa pinas may the blessings of god be with you always

~trisha~ said...

hi kuya!
wow, what a wonderful day you had exept with the sick thing,hehe :-) pag-patuloy mo yung exploration mo, and also keep posting, coz I always visit your site to see new posts!!! Oh.. and also, your "pics" was NIce.... Keep it up!!!! and Get well soon:-)

~BYE!!Good luck!!keep up the good work!!!

Anonymous said...

hey david , i saw your story in nagmamahal kapamilya and im just wondering of how they got your story. did they emailed you or what, what was your reaction by that?

Aikin said...

mahal na talaga kita...!!!

Glazing-wonderer said...

Hi Dave!!! I'm Glaze Mary Cruz, I'm in the states right now...at first I thought that going here, Is a good thing coz not all people can go here, before I really want to go at U.S. as early as possible...I just arrived here last thursday.. before that, I watched "nagmamahal-Kapamilya" and after watching it I had second thoughts.its like you've touched my heart or my soul to my country.. but now I'm here...

Ohh,yeah, almost forgot to tell you..amm..your article today iz Nice, have fun over there..GOD bless alwayz/////

kat said...

Our town, Candelaria, is located just before Sta. Cruz. Zambales is a very beautiful place. There's alot of un-discovered places there. Try visiting Potipot Island in Candelaria, or Casa San Miguel in San Antonio.

Anonymous said...

hi there david.i support you and your story is really inspiring. baka meron kang mission in life dito sa pilipinas na dapat mong gawin. i hope i make sense. good luck mr. coconuter!!!! === jam

~*galenlondeien*~ said...

I happened to drop by and you've got great stories to tell and pretty pictures as well. Thanks for sharing these with us! God speed!

Anonymous said...

You should work in Discovery channel! this blog reminds me of the "Lonely Planet" series in Discovery!

Nwz, Goodluck bro!

el viajero eric said...

ey...you got good stories up there! just message me if you happen to dropby anywhere in the visayas region especially in Leyte or Negros Oriental...:) I'd be happy to help yah...!!! Enjoy what your doin bro...:)


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bubuyog said...

hi.. i saw your story.. as all everybody say its very inspiring.. good luck in everything.. ü

Anonymous said...

hi.. i saw you on tv. and you have a very inspiring as everbody say.. good luck in everything.. ü

Silicon Valley Blogger said...

Amazing thing you're doing David. I am one of those people who was born and raised in the Philippines but left 20 years ago at the same age you are now to make a new life in the U.S. And that made all the difference in my life. I thought I would return someday to my original home after college in the U.S. but the roots got deeper here and I eventually found I could not return. I love the Philippines, my family and friends are still there and I do go back every so often. I wish you all the luck and I will be following your adventures from your blog.

Anonymous said...

Goed-gedaan, Puits fait, Brunnen getan, Pozzo fatto, Poço feito, Pozo hecho, Well done, David for the short but inspiring TV stint in the Kapamilya show, Nagmamahal, Kapamilya. You really never fail to show to us how you really made this so-called "nomadity" work. You inspired us on how you strived hard to survive rural life out here in the R.P. I wish you all the best in this big globe and I will be following your adventures from your weblog. Vaya con Dios, Allez avec Dieu, Kaawan ka ng Diyos, GOD BLESS YOU. O:-)

KAT said...

when i saw you in nagmamahal kapamilya, i was like "what the hell was he thinking?" and then i got it...i salute you for being brave enough to leave a comfortable, albeit "harried" life in the states to look for yourself here in the philippines. i do hope you find what you are looking for...

joeben said...

A lot of people would have wished to do the same thing you did when you resolved to choose what you called the "modern nomadic life" over the life you had back in the United States but I don't think half of them would have had the courage to pursue it to the end.

Funny how life is, isn't it? Philosophers would most likely sit on a rock and waste their existence pondering about the whys and hows of life, and at the same time forget to live while they're at it. Life's true conqueror, however, conquers life not in living but in being.

Just be, Mr. Coconuter. And who knows, maybe you'll find what it is you're looking for. (Meaning, is it?) Perhaps, you can't find it yet because your eyes are open. Sometimes, closing them actually helps.. Kudos.

Somnambulist Nocturnal said...

we spent a weekend in sta cruz about a couple of weeks back. sailed off to this island they call hermana menor, and it was paradise!!!

Anonymous said...

nice pictures...i can't wait for your next adventure...very cool, interesting and fun

take care, so you can post more.

Anonymous said...

There are still beautiful places in Zambales that if you have time to explore. Im from Botolan where Mt. Pinatubo situated. It is now a very majestic place. You have a very inspiring story. Sta Cruz is a town near Pangasinan. Lot more waters in our beautiful Zambales.
Good luck and God bless.
rollydoll@yahoo.com

Raffy said...

ey there david,was able to see yer catharsis video,finally,and i really had a great laugh watching it.yer quiet a talent there dude,haha.who's the girl by the way whom you given the flower?were they yer classmates back at school?anyways,when will you post for a next article here?i'm already thinking that you have something to post about yesterday's "araw ng mga patay".hope to hear more from yah ok.just keep it coming man :-)

CHERISSE said...




Pagaling ka sa illness mo... baka mabinat ka o maging worst pa sakit mo... Take care always!



d'frosty ritey said...

man, be well soon...it's alright if you don't answer emails by the way, surely people understand...i really admire your courage, keep it up...

Anonymous said...

hi,good day! i was accidentally went on to ur site and drop to read ur latest story about sta cruz zambales and hows life goin in there.ur such an amazing guy for doing this kind of things.by the way im Bel,from Sta.Cruz,Zambales and now residing at Malaysia.honestly,i don't know about u coz we don't have tfc here so i cannot watched any news from Philippines.thats why im very happy and inspiring as well when i read ur article about my hometown.liked u i also want to help my kababayan and i hope someday my dreams will be granted.i hope one of these days we can meet and talk.well,goodluck and more power to you and to ur site.hope u will not stop to do such a very nice things liked this.GODSPEED AND TAKE CARE...MABUHAY!!!!

BEL M (malaysia)

Anonymous said...

hi good morning!!! before we have fish pond on sta. cruz zambales but due to npa and due to luck of funds we where forced to stop that kind of business. it's beautiful there and sometimes we goi to the sea there and explore some islands there!!! i wish you could come in our place sometimes!!! at bulacan u can stay to my place if you decided to stay for a long time!!! more power to you!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi. I am a zambaleño and i happen to chance on your blog though I saw your story featured on the television before. Great write ups and excellent pictures. I admire you, whatever your mission is. Enjoy your stay in Zambales and be safe always.

gilbert

Analyse said...

hey there, im from sta cruz zambales that's why i chanced upon your blog.. niec pictures you got there, made me miss my hometown all the more!

Anonymous said...

Hello po!Ireally really miss the Philippines.Especially when I saw the "Potipot" where if we have a family gathering we make it sure that we gonna go swim there.I live near that "Potipot Island".I think tha last time I go and swim there,that"s what 13 years ago already.I make it sure this coming December I we gonna go there agai. with all my aunties and family.To catch some star fish for collection and to swim or to get some seaweeds which they we called "Arosep" or "Balolang".God bless and more places in Zambales to explore.

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