We woke to what thought was the smell of Lugaw cooking instead it was a traditional Filipino dish of rice porridge with chicken (or egg for those who don’t eat meat) with spring onions, limes and garlic.
We then took a boat to the MASA Ati school where we they held an assembly in our honour and performed traditional dances and we reciprocated with a Didgeridoo performance and bible story. They were no shortage of tears when we said our goodbyes and they handed us necklace and thank you letters. The majority of us then departed for the final time to head to the nearby river to indulge in some swimming, rope swinging and karaoke. Our lunch was chicken (or corn) and rice (still not Lugaw on ‘Lugaw day’) Some of us remained behind at the school to finish some much needed work. Mr Puzey, Trevin, and Jamie worked hard to put windows in for the Ati children.
Returning to Boracay the rest of us headed to Global school to madly finish the painting that so desperately needed to be done. To thank us for our hard work the school prepared for us a delicious meal of pasta with a side of fresh bakery bread, foiling Mr Beacham’s plan of a dinner of Lugaw. Mr Beacham chose to honour the local culture and graciously accepted the food/his fate and allowed us to indulge. Painting until after the sun had set we finished to our satisfaction.
For our night activity we had a choice of Jonah’s for milkshakes, Starbucks or a massage. (We choose Jonah’s and enjoyed a enjoyable walk down the beach in mostly great company. Only mostly as there was mishap with the drinks resulted in some of the boys drinking ours and us having to wait for replacements.) Getting up at 4am tomorrow and heading to Manila so we are getting our clothes to donate. Bianca donated a poncho.
We asked Sarah 3 for a pun to include she said ‘No’
By Breeanna M, Daniel, and Ben Yerby
P.S. We are excited to be home soon and I am glad to not have to write any more blog posts with Ben and Daniel