Monday, May 17, 2010

Mojon and Lucban Festivities

Last Saturday, at 5 in the morning, I was already on my way, hurrying to the office to meet my workmates. We were scheduled to leave at 5:15 a.m. and as always, I was running late. Good thing, some of my other workmates arrived later than I did. We took off at around 5:30.

After 6 hours on the road, no thanks to heavy traffic, we reached Barangay Mojon, Pila, Laguna. To keep us entertained while his helpers prepared food, our CEO gave 13 of us 40Php each so we can play "In Between" with him.

In Between is a card game in which each player is initially given two cards by the dealer. After seeing the cards, the players decide whether they'll play or pass. The goal of those who gambled their cards is to have the third unknown card fall in between the first two cards given to them. For example, if you have an ace and a jack, your third card should be any of the following to be able to win: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10. The winning players will have their bets doubled; otherwise, their bets will go to the pot.

It's a thrilling moment when the third card is being revealed. The player who triumphs savors the winning moment with matching applause from the rest of the players, including me, who didn't really win. It was a game of chance and unfortunately, after a few attempts, I lost the 40Php starting money and more. I guess I'm really not lucky in gambling and in life in general. Huhu. In fact, I even channeled my kamalasan to some of my workmates. I was like Midas. Only my touch turned every card not into gold, but into the sure loss of the bettor. I think they hated me after that game. LOL. We had lunch right after.

It was bloat-your-stomach-as-much-as-you-could day. Lunch at our boss' home was sumptuous and plenty. Food was also overflowing in the homes of our workmates who were from Mojon as well. We tried to visit every workmate's house and ate every delectable meal served, to our stomachs' extent.

We were called for by our boss in the middle of our house-hopping. He wanted us to see the band play. We were serenaded Mojon-style! They played Nobody and Igiling-giling. I bet the guys enjoyed the view of the majorettes' legs. Haha!

In the afternoon, we started our road trip to Lucban, Quezon to experience Pahiyas 20-Ten. I was asleep most of the trip. But when it felt hot, I woke up. Apparently, the aircon was turned off because we were traveling uphill. 

For our short stop over, we took pictures with Mt. Banahaw as our background.

We reached Lucban, Quezon at around 5 in the afternoon. We were served Pancit Habhab for meryenda and boy was it addicting! After settling in the house we are staying, we took off to see the Pahiyas houses.

After a tiring 2-hour walk, we freshened up, gulped a few shots of lambanog, and went to bed. The next day, we toured some more as we bought pasalubongs and then visited Kamay ni Hesus.

We made the most of our road trip by having a pit stop at Majayjay falls. After about 15 minutes of walk, we reached the first [of seven] waterfall. The water there was SSOOO cold. It was really refreshing. This stop over was made even more special by Pansit Habhab! Yey.

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