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.
4. You know where people are from based on their accent
One of the perks of being a probinsyano is you have a native language. When you go to Manila after a few years, it feels great to encounter a fellow native from your province. You’ll definitely know where they’re from based on their accent, di ga?
3. You’re used to going for long walks
In rural provinces, houses are usually huge distances away from each other, so visiting a friend will require long walks (some even go hiking). But you won’t mind—friendships form and stay strong that way. It’s also true when your house is far from your school, which is located at the bayan. While you have the option to ride a trike, you’d rather walk sometimes.
2. Manila was a big deal
When you were in high school, going to college in Manila is “the dream”—especially when you live in a very quiet, rural side of the country. Some people from back home even think that you’ve leveled up once you’ve gone to the city.
1. Everyone knows everybody
There are pros and cons of growing up in a small town. The good side is you’ll have lots of playmates when you’re a kid that will eventually be your barkada growing up. Come college graduation or when you pass the board exam, your parents will probably invite the whole barangay (or even people from other barangays.) But that’s the thing: since everyone knows everybody, when you do something wrong, you’ll be the talk of town.
What is your favorite childhood memory in the province? Share with us in the comments section below!