I could tell by looking at their home that they were a little more wealthy than their neighbors. When I asked them how they could afford a bigger house than the others Tacio's wife proudly replied that she was a business woman
. She went on to explain that she was raising Figs. I asked her:"You're raising what?" And she replied:"Figs, I raise Figs." I really didn't get it so I asked her if she could perhaps show me some of those Figs. She was very pleased to take me to the back of their home where a bunch of Pigs were eating. I said:" Oh, you're raising Pigs !!!" She said:"Yeeeeessssss, Figs, I'm raising Figs." I had a good laugh. It suddenly stroke me that many Philippinos commonly mix up the F and P sounds. They actually use the letters F and P interchangeably, never worrying about the H that turns a P into an F. For example, on car tags the name of the country is spelled Pilippines, instead of Philippines. Sometimes they spell it Filippines. P, F, PH, who cares ? You got to love these guys.
The Philippinos are so welcoming. Tacio Ofqueria and his family were the highlight of my Bantayan experience. One morning I rented a bicycle to tour of the south of the island. I went from a wonderful beach to the next and I stopped from time to time to admire the landscape. On one of those beaches Tacio was busy refurbishing his boat. As soon as he saw me he came to say hi and within 10 minutes he had taken me to his home. After introducing me to his family he immediately ran away. I had no idea where he went. When he came back with a large bottle of Sprite and some crackers for me I figured out he had been to the local market. I had the greatest time chatting with them. They were such good people.