Mano Panyong Balidio was that year’s Hermano Mayor–and his celebration was one of the most memorable for us. It was one year after the so called EDSA Revolution, and the Philippines was in a political funk, which was carried out to our work place. We were in a funk as well, because our boss, who was a Marcosista, was deported by the new government.
Feeling funky or not, we just had to carry ourselves to Guinarona for the 1987 fiesta. As was the wont of most Guinaronanhons in Metro Manila, we arrived on ante vesperas, the 15th of May. For you would feel useless, if you came on fiesta eve, May 16, especially if you belonged to the choir, which would perform during the fiesta high mass. That way you could still catch up with the rehearsals.
Mano Panyong was special in the sense that he was a…
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