The first of our back to back wedding weekend was in my hometown, Davao City. Our college friend, Paolo was getting married to his long-time sweetheart Elle. I first met Elle when Paolo brought her to my house during Stan's pamamanhikan back in 2006. Initially, I thought about letting just Stan fly to Davao to attend Paolo's wedding. However, since Paolo accompanied Stan on that 9-hour non-aircon bus ride from Cagayan de Oro to Davao City about 15 years ago when he was still courting me, Stan insisted that we should be present - in full force. It was also my chance to visit my hometown so I didn't put up a fight ;)
I was happy that I was able to schedule my trip in time for the weekly MomBa sessions. That Friday's session was led by Julie Palo-Lapaz and attended by 5-6 moms. My last class was yoga with Monica and before that... I can't remember! Mom and baby exercise using a 12.5kg baby as "weights" was no joke. I was dead tired and glowing (fine - perspiring heavily!) after the class. It was a fun having crawling babies about without worrying about the other participants.
Aside from her classes, Alex has made natural parenting products readily available in Davao City. She converted a portion of her lobby into a space where you can purchase products which she has carefully sourced and personally believes in. From teas to baby carriers to natural bath and body products - it is a haven for families who only want the best and safest products.
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A trip to Davao is always a treat for me. My parents are still there and we always stay in my room where I have slept in since I was 8 years old. Each of my siblings' rooms now have two twin beds or a queen bed to accommodate our growing families. My sister shares that her daughter also loves visiting Davao and my kids do too. We may have built a home in Metro Manila but I guess Davao will still be "home" for me too.
Did you grow up outside Metro Manila? Share your fond memories of your childhood home!