PHOTOWALK MORONG

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It seems we have destroyed the whole town and still could not find a decent jar of peanut butter. Morong is such a dormant little territory.

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Cut off to the west by the Manila bay and the mountains of Bataan, the town is in effect unheard-of were it not for a pair of notable pasts.

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In ’76 they built what could’ve been the country’s first nuke plant here. The multi-billion $ setup got mothballed by politics, Pinoy-style.

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In ’79 hundreds of thousands fled the horrors of Indochina War. The “boat people” crossed the high seas and ended up on the sands of Morong.

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Being the big-hearted nation that we are, the good government harbored Lao, Vietnamese, and Cambodians. You know, ‘so that others may live.’

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Google for Morong, Bataan and you get beach resorts. Morong = beach resorts. Sands and sea. I’m in the mood to break the monotony right now.

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The erstwhile refugee center is now a hall of cheerless faces. War doesn’t determine who is right — only who is left, Bertrand Russell said.

 

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One of two fishing boats which ferried 65 men, women and children from Nha Trang to Morong. The vessel braved the powerful waves for a week.

 

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The boat people left a legacy in cooking. In a small corner in Biniritan is Loleng’s Hutieu-an. Their ‘BUN TIT NUONG’ or ‘HUTIEU’ is divine.

 

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More on the peanut butter, Vit settled for a cheese spread before finding one in a sari-sari store. Morong is not that spiritless after all.

 

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Tomorrow. So what’s tomorrow? Tomorrow I shall be at the Photomarathon. Does my Canon make me a photographer? No. It makes me a Canon owner.

10 thoughts on “PHOTOWALK MORONG

  1. I loved getting to see a town I didn’t even know existed. I’m sure technology has infiltrated its people but they look timeless to me, as if it could be 1985 or 1995 or 2003 of 2014.

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