8 Things Every Kid
Who Grew Up In the Province
Can Relate To
By Tynne De Leon
When telling stories about your childhood days, there’s so much to tell when you grew up in the province. You get to swim in the creek, you loved spotting makahiya leaves, and you get to do things that made people say, “seriously?!?” But hey, it’s the unusual things that make the most memorable moments. There’s really so much more in this quiet, provincial life!
Whether you’re a true-blooded probinsyano, or you spend most of your childhood in the province, here are things that will keep your promdi heart alive:
8. Peryas during a fiesta always excite you
Nothing beats a fiesta in the province. Everyone has an open house, and people don’t mind more people coming in (even those they met for the first time). It is during this time when most provinces have traveling carnivals (locally known as perya), and you always feel giddy as a kid when your province has one.
7. There are times when electricity and water gets disconnected
You’re used to unstable electricity and water connections, and that depends on your electricity provider and which province you’re from. There are some places where the disconnection is a regular thing (especially if you’re from an island), but you’re used to it. The bright side is, it’s the perfect excuse to play outside.
6. Going from one place to another takes only minutes
Traveling from one place to another is very fast, so your first experience of Manila traffic is totally a nightmare. There’s a carefree feeling of hitting the open road in the province, especially with the fresh air and beautiful sight of the open fields.
5. You’re lucky when there’s a mall near your town
You get excited when you go to the mall, because there aren’t much of them in some provinces. For some, they have to travel far just to go to a mall so they hoard as much items as they can, not to mention enjoy the airconditioning.