It's making lemonades out of lemons. That was what I experienced after I visited Pampanga. I remembered seeing footages of destroyed megadikes and people digging for their loveones buried by lahar in the early 90's.
More than two decades after and about 37 meters higher, towns around Pampanga is alive more than ever. Here are the places I visited that showed Filipino resiliency;
Sta. Rita Eco-Park
A newly developed eco-park a top a lahar dike. Locals come to the eco-park for our favorite Pinoy street food; kwek-kwek, fish ball, kikiam and sa malamig like; buko juice, fruit shakes and gulaman. During rainy season, when the other side of dike has water or marshes, migratory birds flock the area.
San Guillermo Church
Teleserye "May Bukas Pa" made it famous. It bacame a must stop for visitors in Pampanga. Very evident was how deep lahar buried the church because one can see only the upper part of the windows of the old church.
Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes
At the time of lahar, the church was newly constructe. Located in Cabetican, Bacolor, this pryramid like structure even preserved the part of the altar buried under lahar.
San Vicente de Zaragoza Chapel
Passed by the chapel on our way to Porac, Pampanga. Here, very evident is the gate of the chapel, that was once the top portion of the old church.
One of the must visit for thrill seekers. Bad thing that I was wearing a dress that day, I was not able to take a single ride. The giant swing and the zip line is step further from the usual zipline and swing. Located in Porac, Pampanga.