We were on the road to Mamburao, Mindoro Occidental last January 15 to attend the wedding of my wife's cousin. Somewhere in scenic Abra de Ilog —the gateway to the rest of this paradisiacal province— we saw this amazing act of God...
|A dust devil!|
It was the first time in my life that I've seen a dust devil! How my heart leapt with joy, I almost screamed in pure delight! I was even more excited than my kids. Too bad we were trapped inside a crowded, moving bus. I wasn't able to capture this beautiful whirlwind in all its full glory. If I had the chance, I would have gone straight to it and allowed myself to be engulfed in a swirling ecstasy of dust underneath that bluish afternoon sky. Though the whirlwind lasted for only a few seconds, it was one of the happiest moments of my run-of-the-mill life.
Abra de Ilog, my wife's hometown, is my little paradise away from home, wherever home may be. Stay tuned to La Familia Viajera for more of this alluring town (including its neighbor, Mamburao) in the coming weeks.