The Social Science teacher's fellowship on May 19 (p.m.) to 20 (p.m.), 2007 at the Balicasag island may be just a 24-hour affair, but would surely leave a lasting imprint in our memory.
Thus, it was a dream-come-true for eleven of us teachers who felt lucky , not only to dive in the pristine waters of the Balicasag island, but also, to find that special time knowing what' s going on in each of our fellow teacher's lives, detached from classroom routine.
We appreciate the humanness of our co-teacher's experiences - feeling ecstatic over their joys, and saddened by their pains. But surely, that's just the beginning of that human journey we found in our relationship with our young and not-so-young peers in the College of Arts and Sciences.
All the while, the idea of an overnight campfire floated quite some time as one of the pressing agenda for Soc Sci teachers' meeting, but only to be accommodated in a hasty planning during a break in our Soc Sci retreat in Albur last March 29-30, 2007. Hence, J.C. Neri laid down the plans, J. Obenza was to keep the purse, J. Mascariñas was to manage the kitchen, A. Bustrillos (with first apo-Drake) was to provide drinking water and, at the last minute, also our air-conditioned van, with her son, Butch, on the wheel; M. Pernia was "the chemist" and official photographer. The rest of the participants were the Valentinos - R. Banding, B. Mijares, C. Balane, F. Ticong, J. Galendo and wife, and C. Estonina, with wife and tots.
Very memorable were the late afternoon round-the-island stroll, evening campfire, the dawn rain, the 10 o'clock fish-sanctuary dive, the superfoods of chef Tomas, and the land and sea rides.
Special thanks to our re-elected Kagawad Dandan Bantugan and Ms. Cathy Bustrillos (both, in absentia), for being "the Benefactors", and the Lusterio family of the Balicasag island, for their typical Boholano hospitality.