I belong to the group of people who are born and raised in Manila. No province to stay during summer and no province to visit during the holidays, that’s why even I’m in my 20s I still feel very excited like a child whenever I have the opportunity to go to the province.
I mean, what’s not to like in there? It’s a haven for people who wanted to live peacefully and harmoniously. So, what are the reason why Manileños would rather leave their hometown and start a new life in the province?
Imagine the time that was wasted because of the heavy traffic here in Manila. Living in the province means traveling from one place to another without dealing with any traffic jams.
Of course, there are some cases of traffic but only on rare occasions.
Houses in the province are usually bigger than here in Manila. Since it’s more affordable to buy properties in rural areas, most of the vacation houses and ancestral homes were built here.
Most of the houses in the province also has its own backyard where they can plant trees and vegetables during their free time.
Fresh Air and Lots of Greens
Trees, trees, and trees everywhere. You’ll know you’ve arrived in the province when you see lots of trees and rice fields.
These trees give fresher air and also makes the surrounding cooler because of their shade. Imagine lying in a tree hammocks during noon and enjoying the greens everywhere.
Simple Life and Friendly Folks
Simplicity at its finest. One thing that I like the most in the province is the way they live every day.
People wake up early to do some chores, children are still playing during the afternoon (no gadgets included), and even when life gets hard people in the province will not complain, instead they will strive more.
People are also friendlier and approachable there. I remembered when I used to travel to different provinces, once you smile at them they will also smile back to you. This simple act really made me feel welcome and secure at that moment.
Lastly, the province offers breathtaking views every single day. From sunrise to sunset, blue sky to starry sky, and rice fields to seas.
And these views doesn’t only satisfy our eyes, it also helps us refresh ourselves from a long tiring day and give us hope to seize another day.
Life in the province can be quite hard. Just what the elders say, Kung tamad ka, magugutom ka! (If you’re lazy, you’ll be hungry!) but for me, the ambiance, the culture, and the people there are worth the risk.