Philippines










Monday, July 4, 2016 (our last full day), Manila, Philippines Happy July 4th! What a fun start to the morning. Sweet Sabrina agreed to run with me at Luneta Park at 5:30 a.m. I had no idea what to expect, as I haven’t been in Manila or Luneta in so […]

Philippine Trip: Day 12



Sunday, July 3, 2016 Leaving Angeles after church, the full three-hour block from nine to twelve with Ward 1 (not Sierra’s area) and sacrament meeting from 1 to 2:10 with Ward 2 (Sierra’s first area). They were great fast and testimony meetings. I loved hearing testimonies in both Tagalog and […]

Philippine Trip: Day 11



Saturday, July 2, 2016 What a blessing that it wasn’t raining this morning at Batad. Woke up at 5 and by 5:30 ran with an overcast sunrise for a half hour near Bogah Homestay. Bogah is the local word for bigas, or rice. It is cooler here than in the lowlands […]

Philippine Trip: Day 10



Friday, July 1 Woke at five to catch a beautiful sunrise on Sabang Beach in Baler. I love the place we are staying at. Simple accommodations but right on the beach. It is owned by a lovely LDS member named Sister Wilma whom Sierra got to know when she served […]

Philippine Trip: Day 9



June 30, Baler All day, the TV stations are covering Philippine President Duterte’s inauguration speech. He doesn’t smile much, but he comes across as earnest and tough. I think Filipinos are excited to see what he will do. = = = When I was a kid, I remember our family […]

Philippine Trip: Day 8



Wednesday, June 29, Coron The bad news is, our flight yesterday got canceled. The good news is, we weren’t trying to make a connecting flight somewhere else. By the time we got to the counter, we could only get seats for the next day, afternoon flight. I wanted to cry. […]

Philippine Trip: Day 7