Sister Madison May Healey
Philippines Tacloban Mission
511 Maharlika Highway
Fatima Village
Tacloban City, LEYTE 6500

Monday, December 5, 2016

Lawig Festival

Maayong Utdo!
This past week was Fiesta (for the Catholics) and the yearly Lawig Festival (for everyone) here in Palompon, Leyte. Which means everyone was super busy all week preparing then partying! There were parades of marching bands, schools competing for presentations and dancing, and lots of drinking, food, and videoke.

On Friday we had exchanges in Ormoc with our Sister Training Leaders Sister Rex and my niece in the mission, Sister Estrera! :) Lingaw kaayo.
We also had a really cool experience. After teaching a few part-member families in a area further out (took a jeep), we were trying to catch a ride back into town, but all there was was a few single motorcycles. So we were walking, then after about 20 minutes of walking in the blazing sun (it seemed like we were going to have to walk all the way back) a miracle happened! A fancy car pulled up next to us and a Joe (White person) stuck out his hand and introduced himself. At first we thought it was one of the many foreigners coming into Palompon for the Fiesta, but turns out he is an Returned Missionary that was assigned in Palompon in 2007. He was on his way to Palompon to visit for the first time after his mission with his wife and kids! We were so surprised and got a free ride back into town!! 2 RMs married and going back to visit their old missions. #lifegoals 

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, especially since I got a small package from home (thanks mom) with a paper Christmas tree in it! Even though its still SO HOT, there are people going house to house singing carols and Christmas lights are everywhere. I'm getting excited! I love you all and hope you are finding a way to get involved in #LighttheWorld
Lets look for ways to serve others! Happy month of December!
Sister Healey

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