In response to harsh-reality-challenge
I live in one of the small cities in the central part of the Philippines…Victorias City.
It is the sweetest city because aside from its vast sugarcane plantation, it is where the once largest manufacturer of raw sugar in Asia is located. Why it was “once” because in the mid 90’s the company experienced its major downfall. It took them many years to rise again from that fall.
Life here is slow-paced. It’s not because people here are lazy, but because people have more time to appreciate and experience things, like leisure walks in the morning before work (my form of exercise), enjoying pleasantries with neighbors, and not to mention less traffic and almost zero crime incidents.
Aside from a relaxing atmosphere, our city offers places that you can find invigorating like the refreshing waterfalls at Gawahon Eco Park. The park is a 30 minute drive by private car or tricycle from the city. It has seven breathtaking waterfalls with verdant vegetation in an elevation of about 800 meters above sea level. The forest that surrounded it is a part of the Northern Negros Natural Park, the province’s largest watershed.
In our city, you can also find Antonio Ossorio’s world famed liturgical art masterpiece, the Angry Christ of St. Joseph the Worker Parish Church. Colors used in the painting were flaming orange, bold red, deep blue, brilliant magenta and vibrant yellow. The mural painting may have a craggy face of Christ but when you look into the eyes you will see and feel the compassion, kindness and warmth.
Next week, our city will celebrate its 17th Charter Anniversary. It is a week long festivity with various events lined up. One of the highlights and the most visited by local and foreign tourists is the streetdancing competition. It is a street dance contest where participants dress in colorful and dazzling costumes doing rhythmic movements to interpret the city’s legend and history. Spectators on the other hand can have their faces painted for free and join the parade.