This is SANTA FILOMENA beach. Probably, the most famous beach in my hometown of Cateel. Whether by day or night, people would flock here for a swim, or to unwind, or simply enjoy the fresh sea breeze. I used to frequent here to enjoy videoke singing at the top of my lungs with some friends and relatives whenever I was home for a visit. Lyra's Rendezvous and Tatay Opet's were our favorites places. These two including others brought life to this once-a-sleepy beach spot. Everybody loved SANTA FE.

Today, everything seemed changed. Coconut grooves were gone. Houses all around were destroyed including Lyra's and Opet's. At a blink of an eye, Pablo came to change everything. He changed this place the way he changed our way of life. He changed me. He changed us.

Pablo destroyed almost everything that surrounds Santa Filomena Beach. But Pablo can never stop our people including myself to come back, soak to the beach's healing water, feel the sweet caress of its sea breeze and embrace a melancholic charm of coastal living. It is called love for a place that brought so many beautiful memories in my life and those lives of my fellow Cateeleños.

I hope and I pray that we all learn from this CHANGES and LESSONS that Pablo brought to our lives. Everybody says, "EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON". But sometimes, our own STUPIDITY is the reason why bad things happen.

Pablo came to change not only Santa Filomena, not only the whole Cateel but the lives of those who are there and whose roots are from there. Maybe, just maybe, PABLO is the CHANGE that we all have been waiting. And if so, START IT WITH OURSELVES. Start from within.

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March 2, 2013 at 1:16 PM delete

In agreement with you Lan and in addition it pace to be right with God first and the journey to change ourselves will just fall into place perfectly.

March 6, 2013 at 1:50 PM delete

Hello Sir! Thank you for this post. Its an eyeopener to see another light despite of the Pablo typhoon. I'm also from Davao and I share with your thoughts. I hope that someday, all of us can move forward with this and be the change that we were meant to be.

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