A Long Four Years to the 2020 Presidential Election

It is November 3, 2020 – a day of reckoning.

I, and perhaps a majority of Americans, have been waiting for the past four years for this day to come.  It has been an excruciating four years ever since Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump in 2016 with the slimmest of margins.

I remember those days in 2016 when I wrote this in my blog:

2016 U.S. Presidential Election: We Just Want It Over

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Iloilo — May 5 to May 8, 2019


The last time Cess and I were in Iloilo City was in 2016, when Cess’ St. Paul College Manila, BSN 1977  class had its reunion.  We did not spend time by ourselves then since we joined most of the planned group activities and get-togethers.

This time, as part of our “chill” vacation, we decided make the most of our time and enjoy the food, rekindle memories, experience the “new” Iloilo, and, of course, make kwento with our beloved sister-in-law, Yoli.

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Philippines – April 25 – May 16, 2019

Cess and I go home to the Philippines every so often to see family and friends and enjoy the different places we visit and savor the food we eat.

Our previous trips were “occasion” visits – reunions, family illness, break from work, break from school. This time, with us retired and the kids on their own, it was time to visit for the sake of visiting, to “chill”, to take and savor the days as they come; no maps, no schedules, no prior commitments. This time – enjoy the sites, enjoy the food.

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Unveiling of the Statue of Senator Jose Cortes Altavas — Sept 11, 2017

Under clear skies and good weather, the statue of Senator Jose Cortes Altavas was unveiled, blessed and dedicated on September 11, 2017 in the town plaza of Altavas, Aklan.  The unveiling ceremony was preceded by a parade with a platoon of army and police, school children and teachers, employees and barangay folk.  The ceremony was attended by officials of the Municipality of Altavas, members of the Altavas Historical Society (which spearheaded the event), the Altavas family, and the gracious people of Altavas (Altavasnons).

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