Today we went to St. Agnes Academy to perform for elementary, high school, and college students. This was our last performance, a very emotional ending to our two-and-a-half week tour. It is hard to believe that I have been with this group for this long. I am going to miss chilling out with my friends, Janrey, Gerry, George, Nolen, Nathan, Aaron, and JR (I'll miss him the most). Right before our last show the "bro bros" worked together to practice a new song so Janrey would finally have the spotlight in our little skit. Right after Ewan, we would have the song, "What Makes You Beautiful" by Wrong Direction (we weren't going in the Right Direction) where Janrey would sing. Then Nolen would grab the mic and continue with the next song, "Marry You" by Bruno Mars. It was quite the bonding experience, practicing with the bros for this last performance and incorporating this one last song for Janrey. After we finished, all my friends, including the girls and our teachers, came together for our last pulse (a ritual we do before each big performance), said a few prayers, and went on stage for the last time.
|A girl leaping up to hug George after he gave her one of his flowers|
|Nathan the Giant! Beware!|
After lunch, we went on a Jeepney ride to see the steeple of a church that had been covered by lava from a previous Mayon volcano eruption. There, some of us rode ATVs for the first time. It really helped show how people drive. Janrey in particular is an aggressive driver. He fell off the trail into a neighboring river. It was awesome! Later that day, we went to eat dinner at the capitol (courtesy of the mayor) where we celebrated Jaeryn's and Tita Lalan's birthday. There was cake and everything set out for them. I hoped they had a great birthday, despite us, kids, feeling tired. Before the group went to sleep, we all decided to go night swimming. It was a great last day with the whole group. We will be flying out tomorrow. This is the time when we go our separate ways. Some are going home to their family's provinces while others will be staying behind in Bicol. Some unfortunate ones like me (jokes) will be heading back to Manila for one more day of touring...I miss them already. Thank you Dr. Sy for making our stay here in Bicol a worthwhile one. Thank you for making this trip a great one. It has definitely been a fulfilling two days with you.
See you soon,
|IP Parent, Lilibeth Aristorenas (right), watches joyously as the IP Rondalla members enter onstage for the last time|
|Several students of St. Agnes perform before the audience a wonderful rendition of popular Filipino dances|
|Nolen coming out to the audience for the last|
time during the boy's song, "Marry You"
|Girls hiding their giggles after Nolen passed by to give a big wave|