To promote the Bondoc Peninsula, a two day BonPen festival was held at Pitogo and Unisan, Quezon featuring a series of events.
The first day was dedicated on tree planting to promote green living on the 12 municipalities. Vice President Jejomar Binay, the supposed guest of honor was not present but his son Mayor JunJun Binay was there in his behalf.
A trade fair featuring different local and native products of each municipalities can also be seen beside the old church of Pitogo. I would love to buy but it was also the same native products we had here.
We went to see the church bell and there you can see the beautiful view of Pitogo area. We also spent the day strolling the nearby lighthouse and their port which also serve as their fish port where people buy fish during weekends . Pitogo is a peaceful and ordinary place, i mean ordinary because people lives a very simple life. The town has no market, they only bought their goods from small stores and if you really need to get supplies, you have two options, either at Gumaca or Lucena which is hours away from their town.
It is my first time to learn about BonPen and that’s the reason why, i am so anxious to learn about it. We also stroll around the place and visit the old house where former President Quezon used to stay for four times. The owner of the place was also a former Mayor of Pitogo and learning from him the history of the house and how it stood for almost 200 years was simply astounding.
On the second day, a fun run was held , participants coming all the way from Lucena and other nearby municipalities came to participate and show their support.
My fellow bloggers decided to join in the fun and others bought slippers because they didn’t bring their running shoes. Although, I had my rubber shoes, i acceded to Aileen’s request that we run in our slippers.
Afraid that my Havainas will get broken, I decided halfway to run barefooted and I eventually persuade Aileen to walk without her flip flops too. It was really a lot of fun and honestly most of the time , I am walking and stopping to enjoy the scenic view of the country side and of course, a time to take a pose for a souvenir picture.
At Gov. Suarez mansion with fellow bloggers (photo by JohnKarlo anretab)
I thought, I could not finish the race considering that this was my first run after 15 years and i never had a chance to practice running or perhaps a simple jogging after giving birth last March. But, i think my will is more powerful than my body.
I never felt the fatigue at that time, it was a very memorable experience for me and the pictures will be the living proof to tell the story.