Medellin, A Bygone Era

The north of Cebu is a relatively new discovery to me. It was only this year that I was able to finally visit all towns and cities of Northern Cebu and, to me, that is a feat because I’ve been living in the city for almost 2 decades and I can’t believe I still haven’t toured the province completely. Anyway, it was a road trip to remember, one because it was my husband’s clan reunion and, two, we almost figured in a road accident and I couldn’t shake off the fear in the next days following our arrival home.

Screen Shot 2016-08-07 at 1.22.39 AMThe reunion was held at Kawit, Medellin, one of the barangays in the town. You will see hectares of land in Medellin devoted to sugarcane farming. Hence, scenes like these are very typical.
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The road that cuts across the northern-most tip of Cebu is a sight to behold, at least for me, who can rarely see flat lands. Screen Shot 2016-08-07 at 1.23.56 AM

This is an area in Medellin that I found very charming. I loved that the pine trees made the road very scenic.

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The beach front of the resort where we stayed. We stayed at the Seahorse Tourist Inn. The rooms were big and had a really cold airconditioning system. One room can accommodate 5 people (2 double beds and 1 extra bed) and has a big comfort room and toilet. The resort’s food is decent and just reasonably-priced. IMG_0064IMG_0066Because we were there for a reunion, we had several activities, including a motorcade that took us to the nearby town of Daanbantayan.IMG_0070

This is Kawit’s barangay health center. It was a weekend when we were there but the building seemed deserted. Healthcare in the Philippines is pitiful. These kinds of seemingly-abandoned rural health centers are also commonplace that you will be surprised if you see an operational rural health center.

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Filipinos love basketball and they play the sport wherever they are, in whatever time of the time. This is a basketball court I saw while on our way to DaanBantayan.IMG_0072

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Aside from the reunion, the highlight of my trip to Medellin was thrifting (pangukay!). It was fortunately nearing their fiesta and many have set up their tents to sell ukay-ukay. I was able to buy good finds, which I will probably share in outfit posts. I paid P490 for 2 skirts, 6 tops, 2 shorts.

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Medellin is a sugar-producing town. On the way to the town center, you would find the remnants of the rail tracks used by the train carrying sugar cane from one place to another. It reminded me of Negros Occidental, except Medellin is not as progressive in terms of infrastructure. I did notice there were two golf courses, which is not a surprise because the town has vast tracts of flat lands — I think you can only find flat lands in the northern part of Cebu. The lands offers epic scenes of the countryside.

You’ll know you have reached Medellin because you will start seeing multi-colored structures. I can see that the town is a low-class municipality and the two times I visited I could not feel any bursts of life. It seems the people, the way of life, just rolled by silently. I think I know the reason why, but that is not for sharing in this blog. 😛

What I loved about the town were (1) its boardwalk and (2) its town plaza. I loved that they have a long boardwalk, which was closed when we got there, but still offered for a great photo capture. Their town plaza was used by kids to skate, babies training to walk, friends learning Spanish, and couples smooching.

 

P.S. I’m using Canon IXUS (toy camera setting) for most of the photos here.

 

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