Photographs and Memories

enjoying coffee at Bro. Willy's office

Yesterday, together with high school buddies Joel Santos and Boy Guinto (and their wives Patrice and Amy, respectively), we drove to Koronadal City to pay our class adviser Bro. Willy Lubrico a visit.  Bro. Willy recently celebrated his birthday last October 28.  We have been planning this visit for some time now but our schedules doesn’t seem to match.   So when this opportunity came up, we just drove off to Ilonggo country.  It would be a perfect time to catch up with our stories, greet Bro. Willy a belated birthday and check out the improvements in the university which  Bro. Willy as the president of Notre Dame of Koronadal University, has done.  The trip from Gensan was uneventful.  We traveled in two vehicles and arrived Koronadal in 45 minutes.

Amy, Boy, moi, Bro. Willy, Patrice and Joel

Amy, Boy, moi, Bro. Willy, Patrice and Joel in front of the oldest building in the campus

We were all surprised at what we saw.  New buildings were undergoing construction and  university campus felt revived.   The ambiance seemed brighter and relaxed.  Viewing the campus from the President’s office was a sight to behold.  And to think his office used to be a stockroom of old furnitures and files.  As Patrice aptly said:  “You’ve been very busy, Bro. Willy!”

in front of the first cemented (hollow-blocks) building in South Cotabato

in front of the first cemented (hollow-blocks) building in South Cotabato

Bro. Willy toured us around the campus and we were impressed by the ongoing developments.  We did catch up on a lot of things.  Our laughter filled the air and somehow it made us all loosen up and just let our hair down.  The people seemed oblivious of the fun we were having.   Maybe because it has been a while that real laughter can be heard in these parts.  I took some pictures but that would be for another blog post.

preparing to feast on king crabs

It was getting dark so we decided to proceed to Arpochi for dinner.  Arpochi is best known for their garlic-sauteed Cotabato king crabs.  And they served us not only crabs but adobong pusit (white squid).  The best part was feasting on the food.  The pusit made for a mouth-watering starter treat.  And as expected, the crabs was heavenly delicious.  The meat was tender and the garlic sauce was just right.

garlic-sauteed cotabato king crabs

garlic-sauteed cotabato king crabs

Our discussions were a mish-mash of stories ranging from our high school life to GenSan’s latest Al Fresco treats at Robinson’s Place.  We had a good and hearty laugh each time we reminisced the past.  We didn’t realized that we were having second servings of rice each!

adobong pusit

adobong pusit

As dinner was winding down, we decided to get a quick cup of coffee and tea at McGregor’s.  I was beginning to feel queasy because I ran out of my anti-allergy medicine.  Peter had to rush to the closest drugstore for my zyrtec.  Our stories kept coming.  We didn’t seem to run out of stories to tell.  At around 8:00 pm, we decided to call it a night.  I brought Bro. Willy back to the campus while Joel’s group proceeded home.  It was one swell night of bonding with old friends.  We agreed to do this regularly.

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