Mother And Father's Hometown
December 31, 2015 2:12am CST
My parents came to the capital as newlyweds so all of us were born and raised here. They came from the same province so, growing up, we went to the same place every summer. It is still agricultural with bodies of water and mountains, so it's a pleasant change of scenery, but I never liked how far it was and the long uncomfortable overnight bus trip to get there. I would also get bored because there was no TV, no reading materials, no toys or boardgames. The nearest city was an hour away. You can't just walk to the main street and ride a passing jeepney like here in the capital because public transportation was limited and on schedule. If my parents came from different provinces, we could enjoy different places and interact with different people. And if one of them came from a province that's nearer to the capital, we could go on weekend visits, too. Are you parents or grandparents still in the same place? Do you get to visit both sides of the family?
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1 Jan 16
@hereandthere no, Pangasinan is near Ilocos region, while up here north, our nearby province is Isabela. I was able to visit the home of my mother in Villasis, and so with my cousins mother's side. The family, father side, are all in Paranaque, and yes, I see them too.
3 Jan 16
My grandparents have passed away, my parents are from the same hometown, my husband and I are from the same hometown as well. I like it this way as it's easier for my husband and I to go back to our hometown and visit both our parents as they are staying about 30 minute drive to each other. My husband's grandparents are also staying in the same hometown, so we also spend time visiting them when we go back to our hometown. This is really easier for us, so we don't need to drive to too many places all around, especially during Chinese New Year.
3 Jan 16
@kaka135 that's nice, too, because you never worry about where to eat and stay. what activities do you look forward to when you go to your hometown? do you also have different regional dialects aside from the national language?
8 Jan 16
@hereandthere Yes, hence I don't have that dialect problem with my in-laws, as we speak the same dialect. My younger sister's in-law speaks a different dialect which she doesn't understand. It might be good for her to learn a new dialect if she wants to.
4 Jan 16
No , they are from two very different provinces . My mother is an Ilocana whose origin was Nueva Viscaya but because of business , transferred and grow up in Cotabato . My father is a Bicolano , who came from here , the Bicol Region . The last time i get to visit Cotabato was before we transferred from Manila to Bicol . But mother , gets to visit her relatives about 4 years ago .
11 Jan 16
@hereandthere Her parents and siblings . I guess you are right , they did that because of business . They have a department store and gas station there . But today , the department store became apartments but the gasoline station is still there but given to one of my mother's sibling who bought the parents .
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8 Jan 16
@hereandthere One set of cousins used to visit, until their mom remarried, one uncle,aunt, and cousin were just over the county line and since my cousin and I were so close in age, we would have one another over for our birthdays, and until I was 5, my grandmother lived right across the street from me. Unfortunately we are spread apart and I only have contact with one cousin on Facebook.