I was taking a stroll at Iligan Cemetery at night.
As the old motto of Department of Tourism: “Huwag maging dayuhan sa sariling bayan’. Don’t be ignorant of your own city. Going through unfamiliar places in Iligan City.
This is in a squatter’s area in Villa Verde, near Gaisano Mall.
There had been rumors about Pastor Cocoy Sabarre’s plan to run as mayor in the 2016 local elections. It started with the Facebook group May Pag-asa Ka Pa Movement. Pastor Cocoy posted photos of his charity works and other ministry especially in Barangay Santiago.
I was initially one of the skeptics of Pastor Cocoy’s political plans for several reasons. Even a number of members of his church in New Life Christian Center are mixed in their reactions, some are for, and some are against it.
He finally laid to rest the rumors by officially announcing in September 26 in Villa Sabarre that indeed he will be running for the top position in Iligan City in 2016.
Unique political platform
Pastor Cocoy’s platform is unique and different from what I’ve known from most political candidates. Most traditional candidates would often tell us about the usual “low prices of basic goods and commodities” and “peace and security”.
I don’t have the correct word about his platform, but i will borrow a term I learned in football (soccer) development , it’s basically about “grassroots development”: training young children to be good in soccer at an early stage of their lives. Training young children is effective than training adults.
It’s also the same with Pastor Cocoy’s platform. Planting the good seeds to young children, and this seed will grow with them as they grow to become good adults in the society.
Pastor Cocoy wants to build spiritually and mentally strong children, because it is easier this way than fixing broken grown ups.
Challenging the Davao-style peace and justice maintenance
Although the Duterte’s process of maintaining peace is working for them, but this method will not last long.
“What if the Dutertes no longer run Davao?”, “What if there are no Davao-style of justice would one day stopped?”
“Because Mayor Duterte did not focus on the “grassroots development”, the criminals would gush out like a spring water”, Pastor Cocoy challenges.
Pastor Cocoy’s grassroots development in Santiago dumpsite
After I heard pastor Cocoy talked about his platform, it brought me to his ongoing work in Santiago dumpsite.
He already have done this thing to some people there. He started his work 15 years ago, and indeed some children that he taught have grown to become good teenagers now.
Some families have become economically doing well who were once literally dirt poor, Nanay Dartha Simon is one example.
My initial skepticism now turned into support because of it. I do hope he would fulfill on this though once he becomes a mayor.
Honestly, I don’t know its official name, so the term Medical Center oval park is just my own words.
It’s painful, but feels good at the same time when I walk on these stones.
Yes, it’s illegal.
But the wild boar, also called baboy damo or baboy sulop is a thriving business.
This meat shop is located near Metrobank and Gaisano Mall.
The chopped sulop meat is prepared to be sold.
This practice should be stopped, but the teeth of our law has cavities.
There’s a new eatery that serve that not only serve halang-halang, but also bulalo, silog meals and lechon manok.
Their halang-halang tastes good. This could give the halang-halang at wet market a run for their money. Competition is good.
The name Bugsy is named after the owner’s youngest daughter.
Their soups are good, and paklay too. Prepare 100 pesos per person when eating here.
The place is still new, I’m not sure if they could accommodate more customers during a rainy day.
I bought this camote in front of MSU-IIT, specifically at the crossing going to St. Mary. Then headed off to McDonald’s for my drink, a pineapple juice.
It was my first to dine at Delecta’s latest outlet in Iligan located at The Strip in Pala-o.
The space that Delecta occupies now used to be Silvestro’s.
The interiors looks intimidating for people who’s not into fine dining.
Why I Love it!
I’m always a fan of Delecta’s burger patties. I blogged about their burger steak back in 2012. It should be one of the best in the Philippines.
I love the burger bun, it’s made with wheat. So it justifies the P140 price, and of course the ambiance of the restaurant.
I checked the patty to make sure it was not fried. Okay, it seemed not oily. The taste is of course is so delicious.
Why I hate it.
My hatred is probably just a minor issue, but still it needs to be corrected. Aside from it being too thin, the patty easily crumbles after I sliced with the knife.
Nevertheless, I went home really full, as in full gyud kaayo. Wala nako nikaon pagkagabii.
The wire going to our house stopped giving us the electrical power. My father called the ILPI customer service, and in 30 to 60 minutes, the technical team arrived.
Good job ILPI (Iligan Light and Power Incorporated).