Travel – There are no witches in Capiz…

When we were on the road for a tour of nearby province of Capiz, in Panay Island, Philippines, after a seemingly fruitful plan of buying pineapples on the roadside, we decided to proceed to a beach resort where we could rest for a while after the long drive. We were not familiar with the place so we asked people from the street to direct us to a beach resort nearby. We drove and drove until we got to spot a resort. This was unplanned so, whatever it was, so be it. And these are what we got.

CAPIZ, is a province in the central section of Western Visayas. Its location at the northeastern portion of Panay island made it a top producer of seafood products such as, prawns, milkfish, blue marlin, squids, oysters, seaweeds, and angel wings. The wide expanse of swampy lands that were converted into fishponds plus its 80 kilometers of coastline are the sources of the aquamarine products making the province the “Seafood Capital of the Philippines”.

Capiz is always on the top list when people talk about witches, spirits, and ghosts of the local folklore. We don’t believe the stories about “aswangs” I guess our elders told stories about them just to scare the children, so they would be home earlier. It’s my opinion though, I was also scared driving in the middle of the night. So, in the afternoon of 2PM we made our exit from the scene. We would still drive in 5 to 6 hours home.

We ate our dinner at the Iloilo-Capiz border at a roadside restaurant. Home was still 2 hours drive.


“Colors of the Musical Sounds”…

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floating vocals of pristine angels
eavesdropping on my willing ears
songs of the youthful angelic choir
dance in my cupid heart and inspire

blending of the chorus’ tiny voices
flying high and diving low of pitches
the lovely heartfelt harmonic pieces
loudness and softness of vitriolic dynamics


leisurely tempo of the gentle rhythm
striking qualities of tone, timbre and texture
totally in fine tune with the great melody
“colors of the musical sounds” at their forte…