Visiting the seaside village of Sibobo brings back some memories of the distant past on this writer. But while our main purpose was only to revisit and take some photos of the place, there was one unintended surprise waiting for us. It was also an unannouced visit to one good and grandlady of the barangay.
I am referring to Mrs. Riza Azur, the widow of Lamberto “Bentoy” Azur. She was home for the Holy week days. As with the past years, she would be home specifically weeks before the Semana Santa.
When she was few years younger, she served her barrio mates for several election terms as the endearing and indefatigable barangay chairman. She still is well-loved and a respected personality of the community.
Riting, as she is fondly called by her peers and friends, is the head of the clan we were referring to on this post about the water system in the barangay. (It was mentioned on this post: the sand and gravel mining in Calabanga) In her behest, her family donated a piece of land for the current barangay hall, a few steps and fronting her big house.
Mrs. Azur’s children found their way to a “greener pasture” of the western hemisphere in Canada, where she too stays in her daughter’s home most of the year. She told this writer she was having great time looking after her grand children grow up and about for some years now.
Why she would come home on the holy days is no puzzle to us. She finds Sibobo a good place to stay and recall the years when her children were just growing up. Sibobo is the home of her memories.